)A box that appears on a display screen to present information or request input. Typically, dialog boxes are temporary — they disappear once you have entered the requested information.
In the Macintosh and Microsoft Windows interfaces, there is a convention that any menu option followed by ellipsis points (… ) will, when selected, bring up a dialog box. Options without ellipsis points are executed directly.
- dictionary attack
(n.) (1) A method used to break security systems, specifically password-based security systems, in which the attacker systematically tests all possible passwords beginning with words that have a higher possibility of being used, such as names and places. The word “dictionary” refers to the attacker exhausting all of the words in a dictionary in an […]
(plural dies or dice) A square of silicon that contains an integrated circuit. Die often is used synonymously with chip.
(adj.) Refers to a material that is a poor conductor of electricity. Dielectric materials can be made to hold an electrostatic charge while dissipating minimal energy in the form of heat. Glass, porcelain, mica, rubber, plastics dry air, vacuums and some liquids and gases are dielectric.
- difference score
The value returned by a biometric engine that indicates the degree of difference found between a reference biometric sample (e.g. the data on file) and the data being obtained for comparison. See “Defend Yourself Against Identity Theft” in the “Did You Know…” section of
- differential incremental backup
The backup of all data files that have been modified since the last incremental backup or archival backup. Compare with cumulative incremental backup.