Benefits of Gaming for Learning (Infographic)

It’s time to think about education and the need to adapt learning methods to incorporate new technology. For example, gaming is an effective tool to enhance learning but is rarely used because of the misconception that playing games is purely for leisure and often a waste of time. However, computer gaming could benefit learning in several ways.

As a social tool, multi-player games and games that involve roleplaying promote important values such as cooperation, compromise and communication. Values such as tolerance and teamwork are also a vital part of achieving success in games. Visual processing skills, hand-eye coordination and even cognitive processing are set to improve with games that encourage learning through doing.

The real-life applications of educationally-inclined computer games are manifold: from educational facilities to language learning at all ages and even as a tool to reduce recovery times in hospitals and medical facilities, gaming certainly benefits learning. It can even help you learn how to fix computers through fun and interactive online computer repair courses. Check out the great infographic from Computer Planet below to find out more.

Watch Out For Fake Anti-Virus Scams

Unfortunately, each and every day good and honest people fall victim to “fake anti-virus” scams. What happens is your computer gets infected with a virus. Instead of throwing up tons of pop up videos, slowing down your computer like crazy, or wreaking other sorts of harmful havoc, it pretends to be anti-virus software.

That’s right, the virus itself pretends to be a good piece of software. The designers of these viruses make them look a lot like what regular anti-virus software looks like. Many of them look an awful like the software you’d find in Windows.

So what happens is you get a pop up alerting you of a virus. In order to get rid of it you need to purchase anti-virus software. But remember it was the virus that presented this fake anti-virus software, so essentially it’s just a shakedown. They’ll remove or at least hide the infection from you as long as you give them your credit card. You just got scammed.

Some versions don’t want to bite the hand that feeds them. Virus makers can make a lot of money if they truly hide the infection, don’t mess with the computer anymore, and just quietly collect $50-100 each year for the “anti-virus software”.

Others though are more devious and will continue to spy on you. They’ll recommend you uninstall real anti-virus software due to a conflict, or just disable it from running. Now they have your computer in an environment that they control, and can use spyware to show you pop ups and affiliate offers.

The worst case of course is that you just gave your credit card information to a criminal, and now they’re either going to use it or sell your information.

Bottom line: Know what anti-virus software you are running. If anything else pops up alerting you, close down the program and run Malwarebytes and your regular anti-virus – because you do have an infection, just not the one they’re trying to make you believe.

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