Clone

Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

A clone may refer to any of the following:

1. Computer, hardware device, or software program that is made to be similar to an existing device or technology. A cloned product is almost always made by a third-party company and not the company that originally designed it. For example, IBM compatible computers are considered PC clones as they are a clones of IBM's original products. The first IBM clone was the Compaq Portable.

2. When referring to chat, a clone is a single user with multiple sessions logged on, but under different names.

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