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The Avira Security Wordbook explains vocabulary and other professional terms that come up in the security industry.

The right word for IT is in the Avira Wordbook

The Avira Security Wordbook is live and ready to boost your security vocabulary in English and in German.

In case you were wondering what clickjacking or a Denial of service attack is, the answer is there. And there’s a lot more definitions included for professional terms that come up in the security industry.

“We started the Security Wordbook as a response to people’s need to be familiar with the terms in our industry and have an easy tool within reach when they need it,” said Raluca Tanase, conversion specialist with the Avira website.

What are these guys talking about?

It’s a common problem with almost any profession, whether it is dentistry or finance. There are a number of trade terms and abbreviations that those in that particular industry know – and people that aren’t in that industry just don’t.

This results in multiple communication problems: People can skip over important information simply because information is not available in an accessible format. Professionals forget that those outside their sector don’t know what they are talking about. And, some professionals forget to explain why a specific term or technology is really important.

Our answer to this was to launch the Avira Security Wordbook. This wordbook contains basic descriptions of current security terms that we feel Avira users would want to know about. In addition, we strive to include a “why” explanation that tells why this issue is important.

Definition alongside the reason why it matters.

“The primary example of this is with VPN. Until a couple of years ago, I thought it is perfectly ok to connect to any public Wi-Fi and I had no idea what a VPN is,” she explained. “Things have changed since I work here and Phantom VPN is definitely one of my favorite products. Not only it helps you to avoid being exposed, but it also has its additional perks.”

Two additional examples of this are clickjacking and denial-of-service attacks (DoS). As the Wordbook explains, clickjacking is an attempt to trick you into clicking on malicious links hidden within legitimate-looking videos, images, or articles – which could then redirect you to an infected website.

Denial-of-service attacks (DoS) attempt to overload a server with requests so that users can no longer access it. These attacks are not intended to steal or compromise data, they just shut down a service by flooding it with useless traffic. And, Wordbook even talks briefly about DoS connected buffer overloads and smurf attacks.

Go ahead, look it up at the Wordbook!

So when you have a question or want to know what a term really means – and its potential impact on your security – just look it up at the Avira Wordbook.

“I hope the Avira Wordbook is going to be used frequently. This means we did our job and more and more people are savvier in terms of their security and privacy,” Tanase added.

And if it is not there, let us know so we can add it.

This post is also available in: German

As a PR Consultant and journalist, Frink has covered IT security issues for a number of security software firms, as well as provided reviews and insight on the beer and automotive industries (but usually not at the same time). Otherwise, he’s known for making a great bowl of popcorn and extraordinary messes in a kitchen.