When connected to the internet, your devices are sending and receiving information from many different servers and websites – not just limited to the ones that you click on through your search engine or navigate to in your web browser. The apps and programs you run on your device often need to communicate with data and services in the cloud, not just on your local device.

For example, you may have a puzzle app or word game app on your phone. When you open that app to play it, the program reaches out to its own servers (example-game-app.com) to access content needed for you to play that game. But it may also connect to advertising content (if the game has in-app ads) or other third-party content (like social media sites, to allow you to share content). This third-party content is likely hosted on a different web domain, which you may not be familiar with (ex: example-ad-content.com).

Okyo Garde does a security check of every domain that your device communicates with. If one of these domains is categorized as malicious or suspicious, Okyo Garde blocks or flags it and shows you the events in the Okyo Garde app.

If you want to determine what caused your device to talk to that web domain, think about what you were doing on your device just before that security event was logged in the Okyo Garde app:

  • Look at the date and time when Okyo Garde detected that domain.

  • What apps or programs were open and running a few minutes before that event?

    • Even if you weren’t actively using the app/program, in the background it may be actively reaching out to places on the internet.

  • What sites were you browsing to?

    • Did that website have ads, ad banners, moving images or videos?

      • Even if you didn’t click on any of them, these items can automatically pull content from third-party domains onto the site you’re viewing, causing your device to communicate with those third-party domains or their content.

    • Did you click on any pop-ups, links, videos, or widgets/modules on the webpage? These could be linked to content on other sites.

  • Were you using email, social media, chat, or other communication programs? If you clicked on a link, files, or content in these channels, that may have triggered your device to contact the detected domain.

Although Okyo Garde is always running in the background checking these domains to protect you, it’s a good habit to be aware of the behaviors which may inadvertently trigger exposure to potentially unsafe or risky sites.

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