The battle against the Islamic State has taken a new form as ISIS-affiliated websites have been targeted by cyber attacks, forcing users to switch to new protocols to prevent the spread of the virus.
Here’s how to stay connected to the latest news and trends on the Internet.1.
Don’t download apps, music, movies and TV.
All apps and video streaming services are blocked by a security patch that has been rolled out by Microsoft and Google.
There are no apps on the Apple App Store.
Google and Microsoft have also made it clear that their apps won’t run in the wild.
The only way to access some of these apps is through a VPN or another method of anonymizing your location.2.
Avoid social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
These websites are designed to be used for short-term, low-impact activities that don’t require the kind of sustained, long-term online presence that ISIS thrives on.
Social media is especially vulnerable to the virus because users are able to access it through a single browser tab rather than a social network.3.
Use Google and other search engines to narrow down your search results.
This is the best way to avoid potential terrorist recruitment or propaganda, and to avoid getting into trouble with law enforcement.
Google will provide the most detailed search results when you search for “ISIS,” and it’s important to use this search engine to narrow the list of potential terrorist websites that appear.4.
Avoid sites where you may be involved in criminal activity, such as gambling sites, pornography sites, or cyberlockers.
It’s a good idea to use Google’s Privacy and Security tools to ensure that you’re not accessing any illegal content or using any illegal software.5.
Never share personal or financial information.
Google has already banned a number of sites that it believes are hosting malware or other harmful software.
It is highly recommended that you change your passwords on your accounts and use a different password on any websites you access from now on.6.
Keep your devices up to date on the latest security updates.
It may be tempting to install software updates when your device is down or you’re getting a new security update, but it is highly unlikely that this will help you avoid the virus entirely.
It could be that the software update may make your computer more vulnerable to another attack, which could lead to you becoming infected with the virus and spreading it to others.