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Introduction to Technology for Law Firms - Chapter Summary
Use the engaging lessons in this chapter to get reacquainted with technology used by law firms. Our instructors make it easy to brush up on your knowledge of computer hardware, Internet security, systems software and more. Once you've completed this chapter, you should be able to:
- Define and describe the parts that make up the Internet
- Share trends in web technology
- Differentiate between computer hardware and computer software
- Explain the purpose and list different types of systems software
- Discuss firewalls, data encryption and other approaches to system security
- Describe the essentials of Internet security
- Outline ways government and businesses protect consumer privacy online
- Provide details about trends and technology in the legal industry
This chapter features a self-paced format that lets you study in any manner you desire. Select preferred lessons to review, visit as often as you'd like, and study anytime using any computer or mobile device with an Internet connection. Before, during or after examining the lessons, be sure to test your knowledge of their contents by taking multiple-choice quizzes. The practice exam ensures you have a comprehensive understanding of technology for law firms.
1. What is the Internet? - Definition & Explanation
If someone asked you about the Internet would you tell them that it is the World Wide Web? This isn't really true, and you will learn why in this lesson as we look at the parts that make up the Internet.
2. What is Web Technology? - Definition & Trends
Chances are you've heard the term web technology thrown around quite a bit, but have you ever stopped to think about what it means? In this lesson, we'll cover not only the definition of web technology but also provide you with some examples.
3. What is Computer Hardware? - Components, Definition & Examples
Computer hardware is the collection of physical parts of a computer system. This includes the computer case, monitor, keyboard, and mouse. It also includes all the parts inside the computer case, such as the hard disk drive, motherboard, video card, and many others. Computer hardware is what you can physically touch.
4. What is Computer Software? - Definition & Applications
In this lesson, we'll briefly go over the basics of what software is and how it's different from hardware. We'll also talk about a couple of examples and see some common uses of software.
5. Systems Software: Utility Software, Device Drivers and Firmware
System software coordinates the activities and functions of hardware and software, and it controls the operations of computer hardware. Learn about different types of system software, including utility software, device drivers and firmware.
6. Systems Security: Firewalls, Encryption, Passwords & Biometrics
Computer systems face a number of security threats. Learn about different approaches to system security, including firewalls, data encryption, passwords and biometrics.
7. What is Internet Security? - Privacy, Protection & Essentials
The Internet provides a wealth of information and services, but also presents certain risks. Learn about the various security threats and way to make your online activities more secure and enjoyable.
8. Protecting Consumer Privacy Online
Every week, there is a news headline announcing a consumer data breach from a well-known organization. In this lesson, you will learn how government and business is trying to protect consumer privacy online.
9. Trends & Technology in the Legal Industry
The legal industry is changing rapidly to better accommodate a public in need of simple, quick solutions to legal problems. Technology is at the forefront of much of this change. This lesson will examine current trends in the legal industry.
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