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Computer Safety

Tip #1

Keeping Your Computer Safe With Antivirus Software

Instead of waiting to get sick, we get vaccines.
Instead of waiting for our cars to break down, we do maintenance.
It’s the same for our connected devices! Instead of waiting for them to get infected by bad software, we use anti-virus software.

Anti-virus software (which often includes anti-malware software) runs in the background on your devices scanning for viruses and other common threats, deleting them if it finds any.

Don’t wait until it’s too late.
Use your #InternetIntelligence and protect your devices!

Tip #2

App Spotlight: Bitdefender

Antivirus software is one of the first lines of defense for any computer user. Strengthen your defenses with this #InternetIntelligence approved app: Bitdefender!

Bitdefender is an antivirus software that offers a free edition with features such as Internet fraud protection, virus scanning, and anti-malware protection.

Bitdefender is free to download and works on all major operating systems, including Windows, iOS, MacOS, and Android.

This app recommendation is not sponsored content. We will not receive any compensation for this post.

Tip #3

Protecting Your Digital Privacy From Online Tracking

Your daily steps and the amount of calories you burned can be fun things to track.
How much time you spent self-diagnosing on WebMD? Not so much.

Your browsing activity and sensitive information is not something that others should track. Apply these #InternetIntelligence tips to browse safely without compromising your privacy.

Tip #4

App Spotlight: Adblock Plus

Ads are important for lots of websites and creators online. For them to make free content for us, they need ads to make money.

Unfortunately, ads can also be malicious. These ads can be offensive, invasive, and may even damage your device. This #InternetIntelligence approved app Adblock Plus is a browser extension that blocks advertisements from your devices.

Adblock Plus also allows you to filter out or permit certain types of ads on your device if you trust them or want to support content creators.

This app recommendation is not sponsored content. We will not receive any compensation for this post.

Tip #5

Cover Your Webcam

Your computer webcam may not seem like a big deal, but it can actually be one of the easiest ways for a hacker to get a hold of your identity. In fact, ex-FBI director James Comey has recommended for years to cover your computer webcam because of the developing market for illicitly obtained stills and videos.

You don’t need to be an FBI agent to be proactive about your digital privacy, all you need is tape, a sticker or a post-it!