Glossary

Web 2.0

Web 2.0 is an informal term applied to websites that allow true, two-way interaction between users and content. These types of website focus on ease-of-use, user-generated content, participation, and interoperability. Social media websites, Software as a Service (SaaS), and other web-based technologies are all good examples of Web 2.0.

Terms related to Web 2.0: Social Media, User-generated Content, Websites, Browser, Internet, Software as a Service, Authentication, Cross-Site Scripting, SQL Injection, Phishing, Access.

Web 2.0 is an evolution of the world wide web, and whereas Web 1.0 can be seen as the passive viewing of static content, Web 2.0 relies on users interacting with websites, technology, and other applications through a web browser.

Web 2.0 allows users to create accounts that can access, create, and interact with specific types of content. These accounts allow Web 2.0 developers to provide customized experiences rto end users, based on their interests, needs, and other unique information. Examples of Web 2.0 sites include social networking, social media, online SaaS applications, video and content-sharing platforms, wikis, and more.

End users become participants in Web 2.0 websites through various channels including replying, responding, liking, favoriting, tagging, curating, bookmarking, networking, contributing, voting, and various other interactions.

Web 2.0 does introduce new cybersecurity issues for security teams and engineers. This ranges from protecting user accounts from unauthorized access to preventing data breaches and exposure of sensitive or personal identity information. Common security threats include insufficient authentication or role-based access controls, phishing, cross-site scripting, and SQL or other code injection.

Many of these security issues can be resolved through frameworks like multifactor authentication, vulnerability scanning, penetration testing, monitoring, and careful security management.