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What is Internet Guardian?

Internet Guardian is a Malware and phishing protection service operated and maintained by Minnesota State IT Services’ security team.

The service helps protect students, faculty and staff against phishing attempts and malicious software on web sites. Internet Guardian identifies and tracks web sites that host malicious software and phishing links, then blocks access to those sites.

The software works at the network level and nothing needs to be installed on your computer to enable this protection.  Internet Guardian works with all devices connected to BSU/NTC networks.

If you do navigate to a site that has been reported to Internet Guardian, you will see the following message:

Internet Guardian:
is…
isn’t…
Another way to protect against bad things An anti-virus program
Part of a layered defense system Content filtering
Preventing user’s access to malicious sites Tracking employee activity
Enterprise solution for all of Minnesota State Blocking a user’s access to the internet
Supporting on-campus phishing efforts

Looking for more information about Phishing attacks or how to keep your computer safe?  Check out our KB article, Avoiding viruses and malware infections at: https://www.bemidjistate.edu/offices/its/knowledge-base/avoiding-viruses-and-malware-infections/