Terminology and Knowing the Differences – The Basics

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When it comes to troubleshooting, knowing the differences between different terminologies you encounter on a regular basis can be a great help.
Here are a couple of basic terms.

Windows Explorer / Mac OS Finder: This is the backbone to the Windows and Mac OS System and provides the interface for your documents and folders.


Start Menu / Mac OS Spotlight: This is the gateway to finding anything you need on your computer.
Windows (It’s the Windows logo in the bottom left corner)

Mac (It’s the magnifying glass in the upper right corner)

Browser: This is the gateway to the internet. You can access the Internet’s billions of webpages through your Browser. Google Chrome, Safari, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera are examples of browsers.

URL: This is the string that starts with https:// and leads you to specific webpages on the internet. For example: https://yourpersonal.ninja is a URL.

User Identity: This can either be your email or a username of your choosing. I’m adding this one in there because the top two email providers (Microsoft and Google) provide you an entire identity for their services. One login for any service they offer.

Email: We all know what email is, but did you know that the way you can tell a string of characters is an email is by the @ sign? For example: [email protected] would be an email.

Password: The thing everyone hates because there are too many of them. It’s a string of characters that only you should know to access a secure area in conjunction with your username, email or user identity.
Of course there are plenty more than these, it would be impossible to name them all. Do you know how they play into each other? What would you like to learn about them? Let us know by reaching out via the chat!

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