Endpoint or computer? A call for plain speaking

Filed Under: Malware, Uncategorized

I admit it. I've had it up to here with the word "endpoint".

It's beloved by the marketing departments from Cupertino to Abingdon and back all the way to Santa Clara, but I don't believe that any of you are actually using it in ordinary English. And that's why I'm going to do my damnedest to ban it from the Clu-blog.

And I'm not saying that this blog hasn't occasionally been guilty of throwing the odd ridiculous word into conversation. A quick look through the archives show that I've not been adverse to throwing the likes of mundungus and anti-flappertanknibble into conversation in the past.

But I believe that computer security is complex enough without us confusing users by embracing words like "endpoint" rather than the somewhat more simple alternative, "computer".

So, to help everyone understand why security vendors use the word "endpoint" rather than "computer", I thought we could have a little competition. A prize is at stake for the first person who can spot the difference between these two endpoints.. err.. computers.

Endpoint or computer. Can you see any differences?

Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe you guys out there in system administrator land regularly talk about endpoints rather than PCs, in which case take my poll and prove me wrong.

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Graham Cluley is an award-winning security blogger, and veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and gives computer security presentations. Send Graham an email, subscribe to his updates on Facebook, follow him on Twitter and App.net, and circle him on Google Plus for regular updates.