Cybersecurity Lingo Everyone Should Know

  • By Steven
  • Aug 25, 2022

The language of cybersecurity has changed in the years following the dot com boom. We've rapidly transitioned from America Online (AOL) dial-up internet service through modems connected to landline phones to lightning-fast wireless internet available across nearly the entirety of the globe. 

Let's look at some of the top cybersecurity terms everyone should know, regardless of their professional title or occupation. We also delve into some of the most notable web attacks of note in the month of July.

Accidental Exposure in Plain English

If you hear about an accidental cybersecurity exposure, you may not be as flustered or confused if you understand what the term means. Accidental exposure is a form of data breach that results from human error or insufficient digital security protections. 

Anonymous FTP misconfigurations, stolen or missing computers, defaults, databases in the cloud, and simple mistakes all fall under the umbrella of the overarching term of accidental exposure. Even a smartphone used for work purposes that is lost or stolen, allowing access to job-related information, is viewed as an accidental exposure.

Data Breaches Explained

There will inevitably come a time when usernames, passwords, medical records, and financial records are mistakenly made available or disclosed. Data leaks and hacks have the potential to occur by mistake and intentionally. Breaches typically lead to the sale of data on shady online forums to fellow digital criminals.

The Difference Between Incidents and Other Cybersecurity Attacks

The word "incident" has different meanings according to context. Incidents are when businesses have vulnerabilities yet lack reassurance that hackers stole no data. Incidents are eventually resolved, yet they have the potential to linger until a digital security team can perform an analysis.

July’s Notable Online Attacks

According to Constella Intelligence, more than 1,400 breaches occurred this past July alone. was hit by an attack that resulted in the theft of millions of usernames, passwords, email addresses, phone numbers, and other information. suffered data exposure that has the potential to lead to the illegal access of nearly 50 million emails and passwords. 

July was an especially bad month for, a site that suffered a breach resulting in the exposure of nearly 25 million names, email addresses, passwords, login usernames, USPS addresses, and more. It appears as though this breach occurred in September of 2021 yet was not reported until the summer of 2022.

Cybersecurity Statistics of Note

Incidents, accidental exposures, and data breaches are occurring at record rates. The war in Ukraine combined with the increase in computer use during the pandemic are two contributors to the increase in breach and attack frequencies. However, most people are naïve about the extent of online attacks and their frequency for a good reason. 

The mainstream media doesn't highlight attacks on the web as often as physical attacks partially because digital attacks are ubiquitous, meaning occurring at all times, 'round the clock throughout the year. If you have not updated your digital safeguards, now is the time to do so. Whether you strictly use a work computer, smartphone, or home computer, it is in your interest to protect your tech investment.

About the Author
IDStrong Logo

Related Articles

Instagram Vulnerability Allowed Hackers Access to Control Your Phone

Security experts Check Point Research discovered a critical vulnerability while examining Instagra ... Read More

Alien Malware Infects More than 226 Mobile Apps and Steals Bank Data

As reported on September 24, 2020, by ZDNet and ThreatPost, a new strain of malware named “A ... Read More

Universal Health Systems Hit by Ransomware Attack

Universal Health Systems (UHS), a Fortune 500 company owning more than 400 hospitals across the co ... Read More

Exchange Server Bug Exposes a Big Risk to Hackers

Months after Microsoft released a patch to fix a serious flaw in MS Exchange Server, more than 61% ... Read More

Clients’ Bank Data Exposed in Blackbaud Ransomware Attack

Blackbaud software was victim to a ransomware attack last May, and new information suggests that c ... Read More

Latest Articles

Regal Medical Group Data Breach Affects Patients of At Least Four Healthcare Providers

Regal Medical Group Data Breach Affects Patients of At Least Four Healthcare Providers

It's been less than a week since February 2023 started, yet we are, reading about a new medical breach. Over 90% of hospitals have admitted to being victims of data breaches.

Weekly Cybersecurity Recap February 3

Weekly Cybersecurity Recap February 3

Well, the last month has passed incredibly quickly and without much stir, which gives us hope for the next year. However, this month has been incredibly eventful in the world of cybersecurity.

Bell-Carter Foods Announced A Data Breach

Bell-Carter Foods Announced A Data Breach

Any large-scale company is at heightened risk of becoming the victim of a data breach. It doesn't always seem like the most obvious target; whether it's a power company, a grocer, or a chain restaurant, there is actually a lot of desirable information available from these companies' databases.

Featured Articles

How to Buy a House with Bad Credit

How to Buy a House with Bad Credit

Buying your own home is the American Dream, but it might seem out of reach to those with bad credit. However, the good news is, if your credit is less than perfect, you do still have options and in most cases, can still buy a home.

How Secure Is Your Password? Tips to Improve Your Password Security

How Secure Is Your Password? Tips to Improve Your Password Security

Any good IT article on computers and network security will address the importance of strong, secure passwords. However, the challenge of good passwords is that most people have a hard time remembering them, so they use simple or obvious ones that pose a security risk.

Top 10 Senior Scams and How to Prevent Them

Top 10 Senior Scams and How to Prevent Them

Senior scams are becoming a major epidemic for two reasons. First, seniors often have a lot of money in the bank from a life of working hard and saving.

Free Identity Threat Scan
Instantly Check if Your Personal Information is Exposed
All fields below are required
Please enter first name
Please enter last name
Please enter a city
Please select a state
Please enter an email address