Stuff & Things: App

“Stuff & Things” is where Firelight gives you the fastest possible explanation of various nerdy words and acronyms. Enjoy! App = Application “App” (as in, “there’s an app for that”) is short for application, which is another name for a program. Although “program” and “application” are used almost interchangeably…

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Stuff & Things: WiFi

“Stuff & Things” is where Firelight gives you the fastest possible explanation of various nerdy words and acronyms. Enjoy! WiFi = Wireless Internet WiFi – a pun on the old audio term “high fidelity” – is when a network connection is broadcast over the air, without wires, using a…

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Firelight Explains: The Cloud

Firelight Explains: Pull up a log, get a mug of something warm, and listen to a little story about some tech. Here’s the short version – “The Cloud” is just the internet. It’s the same basic principle. Think of it this way: back in the day, offices had a…

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Stuff & Things: Widget

“Stuff & Things” is where Firelight gives you the fastest possible explanation of various nerdy words and acronyms. Enjoy! widget = desktop gadget A widget is a simple interface, usually set up on a desktop to serve a single purpose. Most often used on cell phones and tablets, common…

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Stuff & Things: BYOD

“Stuff & Things” is where Firelight gives you the fastest possible explanation of various nerdy words and acronyms. Enjoy! BYOD = Bring Your Own Device BYOD happens when employees use their personal mobile devices (cell phones, tablets, netbooks, laptops) for work purposes. This can create chaos for an IT department! More…

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More About Two-Factor Authentication…

Recently, there’s been much ado about whether or not SMS text messaging, the most commonly used method of two-factor authentication (2FA), is really secure. To wit: Using Text Messages to Secure your Passwords is a Bad Idea SMS-based 2FA is over SMS 2FA isn’t being banned Which form of…

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Stuff & Things: 2FA

“Stuff & Things” is where Firelight gives you the fastest possible explanation of various nerdy words and acronyms. Enjoy! 2FA = Two-factor authentication Two factor authentication is a way of logging into a web-based service using an external method of proving that you really are the correct user. The first factor is…

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