User (computing)

Within a computer program or website, a user is often represented by an abstract icon of a person

A user is a person who utilizes a computer or network service. Users of computer systems and software products generally lack the technical expertise required to fully understand how they work.[1] Power users use advanced features of programs, though they are not necessarily capable of computer programming and system administration.[2][3]

A user often has a user account and is identified to the system by a username (or user name). Other terms for username include login name, screenname (or screen name), account name, nickname (or nick) and handle, which is derived from the identical citizens band radio term.

Some software products provide services to other systems and have no direct end users.

  1. ^ Jargon File entry for "User". Retrieved November 7, 2010.
  2. ^ "Power Users' Guide". Retrieved 2015-01-14.
  3. ^ "Windows Confidential: Power to the Power User". 2012. Retrieved 2015-01-14.

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