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Buzzwords You Need to Know to Understand the Internet


Anyone navigating the interwebs today would come across interesting terms that sound very familiar yet also entirely new. Buzzwords, as they’re often called, are a relatively new creation that’s going around in popular media sites. These terms and phrases are often composed of common words, combined with another word that adds the context. Sometimes, these words are even obscure forms of otherwise common words.

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What does Doxing mean?

Doxing (or sometimes doxxing) comes from the word documents and is a relatively new word. It is an internetbased practise of indentifying personal information and broadcasting it. This is done by searching publicly available information and databases and doing some social engineering. In some cases the information that was gathered might have been gathered in an unethical or unjust manner. It is used to aid law enforcement, risk analysis or publicly shaming a person or organisation.

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What is Duckduckgo?

DuckDuckGo is a search engine

DuckDuckGo is a search engine like Bing and Google. The special thing about DuckDuckGo is that they are known for respecting privacy and transparency. You can search on DuckDuckGo completely anonymously without any data of you being recorded. Also, all data from DuckDuckGo is publicly available.

DuckDuckGo is a niche search engine that not many people know. It is noteworthy that the search engine does show a stable annual growth rate. Recently, DuckDuckGo had a milestone of 14 million searches accomplished in a day.

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What is Breitbart?

Breitbart is a news website

Breitbart News Network (known commonly as Breitbart News, Breitbart or Breitbartcom) is a far-right American news, opinion and commentary website founded in 2007 by conservative commentator and entrepreneur Andrew Breitbart. It also has a daily radio program on the Sirius XM Patriot channel called Breitbart News Daily.

Conceived by Andrew Breitbart during a visit to Israel in summer 2007, with the aim of founding a site that would be unapologetically pro-freedom and pro-Israel, Breitbart later aligned with the European populist right and American alt-right under the management of former executive chairman Steven K. Bannon.

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BT British Telecom

What does BT mean?

BT means British Telecommunications

BT is a holding company which owns British Telecommunications plc, a British multinational telecommunications services company with head offices in London, United KingdomIt has operations in around 180 countries.

BTs origins date back to the founding of the Electric Telegraph Company in 1846 which developed a nationwide communications network. In 1912, the General Post Office, a government department, became the monopoly telecoms supplier in the United Kingdom. The Post Office Act of 1969 led to the GPO becoming a public corporation. British Telecommunications, trading as British Telecom, was formed in 1980, and became independent of the Post Office in 1981. British Telecommunications was privatised in 1984, becoming British Telecommunications plc, with some 50 percent of its shares sold to investors. The Government sold its remaining stake in further share sales in 1991 and 1993. BT has a primary listing on the London Stock Exchange, a secondary listing on the New York Stock Exchange, and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index.

Source: Wikipedia

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PTC

What does PTC mean?

PTC means Paid To Click

Paid to click (PTC) is an online business model that draws online traffic from people aiming to earn money from home

PTC websites act as middlemen between advertisers and consumers; the advertiser pays for displaying ads on the PTC website, and a part of this payment goes to the viewer when he views the advertisement.

Source: Wikipedia

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What is Github?

GitHub is web-based version control software

Github manages changes to a project without overwriting any part of that project. So if you and a coworker are both updating pages on the same website – Github will make sure that you don’t overwrite each others work. You and your coworker can each upload your revisions to the same page, and Github will save two copies. Later, you can merge your changes together without losing any work.

GitHub is the largest online storage space of collaborative works that exists in the world. The trademark mascot of GitHub is Octocat, an anthropomorphized cat with cephalopod limbs.

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What does DKIM mean?

DKIM means DomainKeys Identified Mail

DKIM is a technique in which an organization can take responsibility for a message sent by e-mail. In fact, DKIM originated from 2 separate techniques: DomainKeys of Yahoo! and Internet Identified Mail from Cisco. DKIM is a base for authentication and not anti-spam technology, but it is often used to prevent spam. Read More

What does LoRa mean?

LoRa means Long Range Low Power

The LoRa protocol (or actually LoRaWAN) is a protocol for mobile networks specifically designed to meet the high demands of the Internet of Things. A LoRa network is designed to allow small energy-efficient devices to talk to each other. Through LoRa transmitters It is possible to estimate the location at 10 meters accurately, for example it is possible for parents to follow their children, or to find a stolen bike. Read More