I know what each of these things are, but I have a hard time articulating it to non salesforce people. I suspect there is a tool out there that unpacks it in a visual way and makes it all more memorable and intuitive. Does anyone have a good visual representation of these salesforce terms?

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    This slideshare has a good amount of visual slides around this. Maybe you will find one that helps it stick: slideshare.net/Salesforce/… – Eric Apr 25 '17 at 23:12
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    the 'who sees what' video series is generally well regarded. youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6747B4DAE356E17C – gorav Apr 26 '17 at 0:47
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    At a basic level, you can compare user permissions (profiles/permission sets) to driver's licenses, and sharing settings (roles/sharing rules) to local laws that restrict licensed users. Almost everyone that's driven a car understands this analogy. You can then carry on with all sorts of specific examples. You can't drive a semi without a commercial license, and you can't drive a semi in areas where it's restricted. You'll often find there's all sorts of real-life analogies you can draw from; the actual ideas are not that foreign to most people. – sfdcfox Apr 26 '17 at 3:36
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    The easiest way I explain Profiles and Sharings to my junior developers is: Profiles dictates what users can do with object and Sharings is what records user can see. I would add that Permission sets are same as Profiles and roles are same as Sharings but both can be added separately. Profiles and Sharings are the basic concept to understand. – Alex Fisher Sep 4 '18 at 12:18

You can check this link http://hellosnl.blogspot.com/2017/08/salesforce-security-concepts.html

Also check this image enter image description here

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This video from the 'Who Sees What' series does a good job of explaining the differences at a high-level.

I'd recommend doing the Data Security trailhead for even more clarification.

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