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Glossary

In this list, you will find explanations of some terms frequently used in connection with Information Security. These will be explained in as simple terms as possible.

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Fingerprint

This is a process which makes it possible to check a cryptographic key without having to match the whole key. This can for instance be used to check the authenticity of a certificate upon which an SSL connection is based. A fingerprint is usually displayed as a hexadecimal character string consisting of the letters A-F and the numbers 0-9.


Firewall

This is a security system which protects a computer network or an individual computer against unwanted network access.


Flash

This is a technology by Adobe which allows you to display interactive and animated content (e. g. video clips, animated ad banners, etc.) on websites.



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