Apple App Store
A popular pay service using the Wallet app on Apple devices. Enables digital payments to be made using mobile phones and online. The app requires the user to set up an account and link a preferred payment method, such as a credit card.
Application or app (for short)
Artificial intelligence (AI)
Also known as 'AI'. Computer systems that are able to perform tasks traditionally carried out by humans that require human intelligence. E.g. translation of language, decision-making and speech recognition.
Cloud back up
The process of saving your important documents and photos from your device (e.g. tablet) to your cloud account.
Small bits of code that are saved to a device when it visits a website. A bit like tickets that show you've visited the site before, cookies can enable a website to be customised for returning visitors.
Also known as 'crypto'. A digital currency in which transactions are verified and maintained by a decentralised system.
Encrypted messaging apps
Any messaging app that is encrypted so that outside parties cannot read the message, even if it intercepted.
External hard drive
A webpage or website that is created by scammers to look like a legitimate website of a reputable brand or company, with the intent of tricking the viewer into clicking links or sharing personal details.
The process of your computer reducing some of the non-essential information associated with your files. This means the files don't take up as much memory or storage space on your device.
A popular pay service app provided by Google for making payments using mobile phones and online. The app requires the user to set up an account and link a preferred payment method, such as a credit card.
Also called 'global positioning satellite'. An accurate navigation system based on the use of satellites to pin-point someone's exact location. This technology is used by popular mapping apps to provide real-time information and guidance.
An app or a group of apps on an Apple or Android device that draws data from various sources (e.g. phone or smartwatch) to provide a picture of the user's health or exercise patterns.
http / https
These are the specific details related to your photos. E.g. dimensions, file size, quality.
Image-based abuse (IBA)
Also called 'revenge porn'. IBA happens when intimate images or videos are shared without the consent of the person pictured.
Internet service provider
Location services are available as a part of a cloud subscription or a Google or Apple account. These services allow you to share your live location with those close to you, and also see where they are via a Map app.
Log in / Log on
Mobile networks: 3G, 4G and 5G
nbn / NBN
Short for the Near Field Communication protocol. NFC is built in to most modern mobile devices and allows the device to communicate over a very short distance (up to 4 cms) with, for example, EFTPOS machines. This enables mobile phones to make digital payments using an established pay service app.
Non-fungible token (NFT)
NFT's are assets that have been tokenised via a blockchain. They are assigned unique identification codes. They can be traded or exchanged for money or other cryptocurrency.
A string of characters or numbers used as a password to gain access to a device or computer.
An online application that stores all of your important usernames and passwords for different online accounts. A password manager is protected by one important master password.
Pay later services
A payment option offered by some retailers online and in store, allowing goods to be paid for in fortnightly instalments. Similar to lay-by, except goods can be taken home straight away.
Popular examples of pay later services are AfterPay, PayPal's Pay in 4, Humm, Zip Pay and others.
If instalments are made on time, there are no charges to use the pay later service, but hefty fees are incurred if payments are late.
An account that enables your mobile phone to pay for goods, such as at the supermarket, instead of swiping your credit card. Popular examples of pay services are Google Pay and Apple Pay.
Requires in-built Near Field Communication (NFC) technology for a mobile device to communicate with an EFTPOS machine for in-store purchases.
Pay service accounts can also be used for online purchases.
An application that allows you to edit and store your photos. These applications can also allow you to restore old family photos and organise your photos on your device.
Photo file type
Your computer saves photos as different kinds of files. Different files types are suited for different reasons. File types include: BMP, JPG, PNG.
Also called a 'personal Identification number'. A number used by an individual to identify themselves for the purposes of accessing accounts or validating electronic transactions.
Remote access scam
A scam that works by a criminal contacting their intended victim via phone, SMS or email falsely claiming to be a reputable or familiar company with the aim of obtaining their personal details.
Also called 'robocall'. A phone call (often used by scammers) that delivers pre-recorded messages through auto-dialling millions of people per day. If you answer the phone and hear a pre-recorded message, you are listening to a robot call.
A scam that works by a criminal adopting a fake online identity to gain a victim's trust and affection under the illusion of romance.
The process of sharing and accessing the same file (e.g. photo or document) across all of your different devices via your cloud subscription.
A crypto-asset that runs on top of another cryptocurrency’s blockchain. They can be held or traded like any other cryptocurrency.
USB / USB-C
Video calling / video conferencing
Web camera (webcam)