IT Jargon

IT Jargon

IT terminology can be confusing for those not exposed to it frequently. The problem with this is when clients who are not familiar with “IT speak” have conversations with IT staff, it can become very confusing for them.

We thought we would put together a list of some of the most common IT words and acronyms used day to day.

Over the next few blogs we will include a couple of words and their meanings to help you understand IT Jargon better.

This month’s Wise Words are:


Adware is any free software that contains ads to generate revenue. Adware can be annoying but does not endanger your computer.


Antivirus is a software program that protects your computer against infection by a virus.


Malware is short for malicious software that can damage your computer. Different types of malware include:

  • Viruses, which can delete information on your computer
  • Spyware that gathers information from your computer and passes it on to another computer
  • Ghostware is a stealthy piece of code that’s been cloaked, and so is used by criminals to sneak undetected on to your computer where it then hides other malicious code
  • Blastware is designed to automatically destroy or disable a system if you find it on your computer
  • Ransomware could lock your computer or hide important information to you until you give the criminals a fee to return it


Phishing is what happens when an email is sent to a victim that looks as if it is from a well-known company. These emails will often ask for personal information such as credit/ debit card details or passwords and login information.

Next month…  we will be talking about Cybersecurity and its importance to both businesses and individuals.

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