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Reputation Management Terms & Definitions

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2F4U
Too Fast For You
access control
The process of granting or denying specific requests for or attempts to: 1) obtain and use information and related information processing services; and 2) enter specific physical facilities.
Acronym
An acronym (from Greek: -acro = sharp, pointed; -onym = name) in its pure form denotes a combination of letters (usually from an abbreviation) which can be used and pronounced as a word. For the sake of clarity and readability, this definition is not always followed within the 2 lists on this page.
Adware
A method of displaying unwanted, unsolicited advertising on your computer.  It usually is in the form of malicious code.
AMA
Ask Me Anything
Apps
Short for application, an "app" is a program designed to operate within a mobile system. They can be considered "add-ons" for mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. Two of the most popular operating systems, Apple's iOS and Google's Android, have an increasingly sizable roster of free and paid apps available to users.
attack
An attempt to gain unauthorized access to system services, resources, or information, or an attempt to compromise system integrity.
authenticate
The process of verifying the identity or other attributes of an entity (user, process, or device).

Extended Definition: Also the process of verifying the source and integrity of data.
Synonyms - authentication
Backdoor
Access to a protected system using a password can be described as going through the front door. Organizations can build "backdoors" into their systems, however, so that developers can bypass authentication and dive right into the program. Backdoors are usually secret, but may be exploited by hackers if they are revealed or discovered.
blacklist
A list of entities that are blocked or denied privileges or access.  These are typically URLs, or IP addresses.
Blog
Sort for Weblog - A personal journal recorded on a website. Blogs are updated frequently and usually grouped by subject (e.g. politics, computers, religion, news, culture, et.al.).  Often allowing commenting in response to the entries.
Synonyms - blogging
bot
A computer connected to the Internet that has been surreptitiously / secretly compromised with malicious logic to perform activities under remote the command and control of a remote administrator.

Extended Definition: A member of a larger collection of compromised computers known as a botnet.
Botnet
Botnets, or zombie armies, are networks of computers controlled by an attacker. Having control over hundreds or thousands of computers lets bad actors perform certain types of cyberattacks, such as a DDoS (see below). Buying thousands of computers wouldn't be economical, however, so hackers deploy malware to infect random computers that are connected to the internet. If your computer gets infected, your machine might be stealthily performing a hacker's bidding in the background without you ever noticing.
Bougie
Aspiring to be a higher class than one is. Derived from bourgeois - meaning middle/upper class, traditionally despised by communists.
BRB
Be right back
BTW
By The Way
Catfish
lure (someone) into a relationship by means of a fictional online persona
Synonyms - catfishing
CIPA
The Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) of 2000 requires public schools and libraries receiving federal e-rate funds to use a portion of those funds to filter their internet access. They must filter out obscenity on library computer terminals used by adults and both obscenity and harmful-to-minors materials on terminals used by minor children. CIPA was upheld by the u.s. supreme court as constitutional in June 2003.
Synonyms - The Children’s Internet Protection Act
Communications Decency Act of 1996
This was a part of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.  It was the U.S. Congress' first attempt to protect children on the Internet from pornography.  The act prohibited knowingly sending or displaying “indecent” material to minors through the computer, defined as: “any comment, request, suggestion, proposal, image, or other communication that, in context, depicts or describes, in terms of patently offensive as measured by contemporary community standards, sexual or excretory activities or organs.”

The ACLU immediately challenged the act with a law suit and was blocked by a lower court. A year later the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the indecency provisions in the historical case of Reno v. ACLU (1997). The Supreme Court held that a law that places a “burden on adult speech is unacceptable if less restrictive alternatives would be at least as effective in achieving” the same goal.  The court did, however, reaffirmed the application of obscenity and child pornography laws in cyberspace—an important victory for the protection of children online.
Synonyms - CDA
Coolin
When someone's being calm and drama free . (I.e. not ausing social drama drama or acting crazy)