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Reputation Management Terms & Definitions

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Digital Footprint
On the Internet a digital footprint is the describes the trail, traces or "footprints" that people leave online on different sites.
Electronic Footprint
computers maintain a record of all website visits and e-mail messages, leaving a trail of the user’s activity in cyberspace. These data can still exist even after the browser history has been cleared and e-mail messages have been deleted.
Encryption
Encryption and authentication helps ensure that data transmitted over the internet remains secure and protected from possible interception. Authentication ensures that both parties are legitimate, while encryption encodes the data in such a way that it can not be decoded by an unauthorized third party.
Firewall
A security system consisting of hardware and software used to block hackers, malware, viruses, and other threats to a computer or computer network.
Flaming
To engage in an online argument usually involving unfounded personal attacks by one or more parties.
Gamer tag
The nickname a user has chosen to be identified by when playing Internet games.
Graymail
Graymail refers to unwanted email messages that do not otherwise meet the criteria of spam. Typically, graymail consists of emails from entities with whom the user has registered or signed up for regular email notifications. Graymail often includes newsletters, mailing lists and membership announcements, and forum updates.
Griefers
Internet gamers that intentionally cause problems or cyberbully other gamers.
Grooming
This refers to techniques by sexual predators to get to know and seduce their victims in preparation for sexual abuse.
GTG
GTG means Got to go.
Hacktivists
"Hacktivists" are activists that use various hacking methods to spread their political viewpoints, usually by breaking into social media accounts of prominent individuals or attacking prominent websites.
happy slapping
Happy Slapping is the practice where a group of people assault a stranger (in real life and at random) while capturing the incident on a mobile device.  The purpose is to circulate the image or video online.

"The show Jackass is an example of happy slapping."
Identity Theft
the fraudulent acquisition and use of a person's private identifying information, usually for financial gain.
IKR
IKR means I know, right.
ILY
ILY means I love you.
Internet Relay Chat
A real-time (i.e. live) chat facility allowing multiple people to communicate via messaging simultaneously.
Libel
...simply libel is written defamation.
LMAO
LMFAO means Laughing my *a* off.
LMK
LMK means Let me know.
Malware
This is MALicious softWARE or computer code, which is harmful.  Tojans, worms, spyware, adware, etc.— are designed to damage the computer, network or to collect information.