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Hacker
A broad term for a person who uses programming skills and technical knowledge to create and modify computer software and hardware by finding weaknesses and exploiting them, including computer programming, administration, and security-related items. Hackers can be motivated by a number of reasons both positive and negative, such as profit, protest, or challenge. Criminal hackers create malware in order to commit crimes. In the early days of computing, hacker was a term used to describe a programmer who had a curiosity and appreciation of programs and systems and how they worked. Over time, however, the term gained a negative connotation and began to refer to someone who uses the knowledge to break into other people's systems to steal information and cause havoc. We also call programmers who use their skills for harm crackers.
Hole
A vulnerability in the design software and/or hardware that allows the circumvention of security measures.
Host
A term often used to describe the computer file to which a virus attaches itself. Most viruses run when the computer or user tries to use the host file.
Hotspot
A hotspot is a site that offers Internet access over a wireless connection. Hotspots typically use Wi-Fi technology and are generally found in coffee shops and various other public locations.
Hyperlink (link)
A clickable word, phrase, or image on a website that once clicked takes the user from one web page to another, or to another resource on the Internet. They are typically underlined or set apart by a different color. When you move your cursor over a hyperlink, whether text or image, the arrow should change to a small hand pointing at the link.