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Adware: free software that is supported by advertisements. Common adware programs are toolbars that sit on your desktop or work in conjunction with your Web browser. Most adware is safe but some may contain spyware.

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Blog Short for "web log," this term refers to a list of journal entries posted on a web page. Blogs allow readers comment and share their thoughts with the creator of the blog.

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Freeware: software you can download, pass around, and distribute at no cost. Freeware is protected by copyright.

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Malware: Short for "malicious software," malware refers to software programs designed to damage or do other unwanted actions on a computer system. Common examples of malware include viruses, worms, trojan horses, and spyware.

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Shareware: software that usually offers a free trial but expires unless you purchase a license. Shareware is not commercial software and is usually inexpensive.

Spyware: software that "spies" on your computer. Spyware can capture information like your e-mail messages, usernames and passwords, and credit card information.

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Widget: a small, portable application or piece of dynamic content placed on a web page. A widget is like a gadget for your website, it can either read or syndicate information from the web and display it within a website or on your desktop.

Wiki: a Web site that allows users to add and update content on the site using their own web browser. A wiki is a useful tool for collaboration.

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