Top 3 tips for mobile safety

Top 3 tips for mobile safety

With the growth of smartphone use and the ever present threat of viruses and malware it is no wonder that our customers often contact us asking for a smartphone FixMeStick. Even with anti-virus programs computer viruses can lurk undetected on PCs for years slowly stealing private information and compromising online safety. Smartphones seem the perfect target for hackers: access to tons of private information and no anti-virus protection. Read more

The Virus Lab – What is a Rootkit? (in plain English)

The Virus Lab – What is a Rootkit? (in plain English)

Sometimes it can be difficult to tell whether or not your computer has been compromised. Hackers and people who create viruses want you to believe that your computer is clean, despite the hidden infections that are stealing your passwords and information. Rootkits are especially good at hiding: people are often shocked after FixMeStick scans that detect these viruses as they can go undetected for ages.

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The Virus Lab – What is a Trojan (in plain English)

The Virus Lab – What is a Trojan (in plain English)

For our second instalment of The Virus Lab series, we will be looking at Trojans. You may be familiar with the story of ancient Troy but, if not, here it is in a nutshell. The Ancient Greeks had been sieging the ancient city of Troy for roughly 10 years and were no closer to gaining entrance to the city. Odysseus, a Greek king, thought of building a giant statue of a horse (the symbol of Troy) as a fake gift for the city. Inside the hollowed out wooden horse, many Greek soldiers would be hiding. The people of Troy, thinking the Greeks had given up, took the Greek “gift” into the city, only to then have the Greek soldiers pour out and take over Troy.

But what do ancient tales have to do with modern computer woes? Read more

FixMeStick in all Best Buy locations throughout America!

FixMeStick in all Best Buy locations throughout America!

We are happy to announce that FixMeStick is now available in all of Best Buy‘s 1,048 locations across the USA! This is exciting for us because purchasing a FixMeStick should be just like removing viruses: convenient and affordable, values that both FixMeStick and Best Buy share.

Best Buy will be carrying FixMeStick’s Regular-3 PC and -PRO versions. You can find your closest FixMeStick retailer and Best Buy location by clicking here.

So computer viruses should beware as now many more Americans will easily be able to arm themselves against online threats!

The Virus Lab – What is a virus (in plain English)

The Virus Lab – What is a virus (in plain English)

Traditionally the word virus refers to a small infection that thrives and infects another living organism through its cells. Not surprisingly, this medical definition resembles the definition of a computer virus. A computer virus is a software program that is able to get onto your computer and infect its surroundings. (For more information on how viruses get on your computer please click here) Similarly to a biological virus, a computer virus can replicate itself in order to infect a greater part of your computer or more computers. When viruses infect humans we are left feeling sickly and exhausted, your computer experiences the same effects but they manifest themselves a little differently: viruses take up power and space on your computer, slowing down startup and programs. Read more

FixMeStick now in Staples across the USA!

FixMeStick now in Staples across the USA!

Staples is a store built upon the principle of convenience. Who doesn’t remember the catchy That was easy! slogan? This is why the FixMeStick and Staples are a perfect match! FixMeStick is all about you fixing your computer yourself, simply and cheaply.

So, we are very excited to announce that, today, the FixMeStick will become available in 1,536 Staples locations all over the USA. This means that more people will be able to use the stick in order to simply take back control of their computer! This means that you can now go to your local Staples and purchase either our regular full-year FixMeStick for $59.99 or our PRO version for $299.99

So make your life easier and head to Staples for a FixMeStick. You can find all FixMeStick retail locations by clicking this link to our store locator.

Cyber Security: Is the government doing all it can to protect your information?

Cyber Security: Is the government doing all it can to protect your information?

Cyber-security expert, Michael Hayden, recently shocked the world by announcing that following the U.S.A. Freedom Act Americans are “definitely not safer.”  He argued that this policy change will make no significant difference to the safety and security of everyday people. The act, which striped the NSA of their right to collect bulk phone data, is merely the first of many steps required to create true online safety.

The Freedom Act was precipitated by the news that Chinese intelligence officials had stolen millions of personnel records from the Office of Personnel Management. People were astonished to learn that this kind of data theft was even possible. Read more