Be Aware and Beware of the Dreaded Ransomware

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2016 has been a turbulent year for the world and the tech world is no exception. This year we have seen some major security breaches; we’ve written about a couple of them including the major DDoS attack in October and the recent DNC hack.

Large scale breaches are indeed serious but what keeps cyber criminals rolling in the Benjamins are smaller hacks on individuals, businesses and even hospitals. They accomplish this through ransomware. Ransomware is an umbrella term for a group of viruses that holds valuable information hostage– either by encrypting your data so that is is unreadable or by totally locking you out of your computer. It’s been a tremendously successful–and profitable– tactic. 2016 is being hailed as “the year of ransomware” among tech bloggers and IT professionals alike, probably because ransomware distribution has increased a whopping 500% from the previous year. Within the first 3 months of this year, perpetrators of ransomware collected $209 million dollars and this is probably underestimated due to victims being unwilling or unaware of how to report their losses. The F.B.I. estimates that by the end of the year, this number will have reached upwards of $1 billion Read more

What You Need to Know: Phishing Scams

What You Need to Know: Phishing Scams

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In this edition of the FixMeStick news roundup, learn all about phishing scams: what they are, how to protect yourself, and what to do if you’ve become a phishing victim. As well, read about a major change Google Chrome is putting into place to protect you from insecure websites, an online attack on Tesco Bank in the UK, and a Google Adwords scam targeting Mac users. Read more

How to Combat Online Fraud and Identity Theft

How to Combat Online Fraud and Identity Theft

 

In today’s day and age, we can bank, shop, connect with friends and family, and so much more– all from the comfort of our home. However, with an increase in information sharing, comes an increase in nefarious activity. Online fraud is rapidly becoming one of the most widespread forms of cybercrime. Criminals can get ahold of personal information through fake emails that redirect to malicious websites. Cybercriminals are getting smarter and it is becoming increasingly difficult to decipher the differences between a scam and a reputable company. Here are 5 tips to help prevent you from becoming a victim!

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How to Solve the Curse of the Slow Computer

How to Solve the Curse of the Slow Computer

There’s nothing more frustrating than a slow computer. It takes twenty minutes to tInfectedGuidePic-06-minurn on, and every time you open your email, it takes ten minutes to load. It would make anyone want to throw their computer out the window. Viruses could be the culprit, and in that case running a FixMeStick scan will solve it, but after using the FixMeStick, you might find it unchanged. There are a variety of other reasons why your computer could be sluggish. As you fill your hard drive by downloading music and movies, installing new programs, and creating new files, it’s likely that your computer will slow down.

Thankfully, we have a few tips and tricks that will help your computer run like new again. Read more