Your Guide to Staying Cybersecure While Playing Online Games

Your Guide to Staying Cybersecure While Playing Online Games

There has been a rise in online gaming, be it solitaire or the latest online video game, and a whole slew of cyber threats comes with it.

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Facetime Bug Reminds Us How Important Smartphone Security Is

Facetime Bug Reminds Us How Important Smartphone Security Is

Apple’s FaceTime provides people with a platform to connect with their loved ones near and far, whenever they choose.

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Could You Be Chatting With a Bot Online?

Could You Be Chatting With a Bot Online?

In 2019 much of the news we consume comes from online sources. But an analysis of online traffic shows that 66% of tweeted links come from bots

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Your Cybersecurity Checklist For Tax Season

It’s tax time and the deadlines are fast approaching. If you’re in Canada, April 30th is the date to keep in mind, in the US, it’s April 15th. Tax season used to mean mountains of paperwork but more and more people are taking advantage of online software to file. Unfortunately, this opens the door to digital threats you need to be aware of. We’ve put together a guide to keep you safe this tax season.

Meet Some of the Women of FixMeStick

This week, we’re celebrating International Women’s Day, which takes place on March 8th every year. This is a “global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women”. The theme for this year’s campaign is #BalanceForBetter, so it’s focused around encouraging the global community to work towards greater gender equality. Here at FixMeStick,…

Millions of Private Medical Calls Exposed in Sweden and Why You Should Care

This past week ComputerSweden reported that a Swedish company left 2.7 million recorded calls available on an unencrypted server. The .WAV and MP3 files contained over 170,000 hours of calls to a Swedish HealthCare Guide, this is the equivalent to Phone Information Nurse in the UK or TeleHealth in Canada.

Just because you’re not in Sweden doesn’t mean you’re safe. Unfortunately, this isn’t a unique event! Reuters found the number of healthcare breaches goes up every year, with over 4.4 million records exposed in the 3rd quarter of last year alone.

Safer Internet Day – Together for a Better Internet

The global digital population was an estimated 4.2 billion people last year and it’s only growing. But so are safety concerns. 52% of Internet users are more concerned with online privacy than they were a year ago. Think about your social media accounts – 3.4 billion people use social media to document their lives and keep up with loved ones. Yet 6 in ten people feel that social media has too much power. Our team has put together some awesome advice on how to stay secure online in time for Safer Internet Day.

6 Ways to Make Sure You’re Donating to a Legitimate Charity Online – and Not Being Scammed

Charitable giving continues to grow year over year, and the majority is from individuals. In 2017, 70% of American donations came from individuals, up 5.2% from 2016. In Canada, donations continue to rise every year, with the baby boomer generation being responsible for more than 40% of total donations. But with everything nowadays you need to beware of scammers who will try to take advantage of these good intentions, and pocket your donations instead of distributing them to a greater need.

[HACK ALERT] Quora Hack Affects 100 Million Users

Have you ever queried about something on Quora? If so you might be in for a rude awakening. On November 30th Quora found a remote third party hacker was accessing one of the site’s systems, they released a statement about it on Monday, December 3rd. CEO Adam D’Angelo has assured that the breached system is no longer vulnerable and a digital investigation is underway. Keep reading to learn more. 

[BREACH ALERT] Massive Marriott Data Breach Affects 500 Million Customers

If you’re planning a sunny getaway or a white Christmas make sure you haven’t booked anything at a Marriott hotel… in the past five years. Today, security experts announced a data breach affected 500 million guests at Marriott hotels. Since 2014 there has been unauthorized access to data at Starwoods hotels chain which Marriott acquired two years ago. This is one of the largest breaches in the past decade, read on to learn everything you need to know. 

Thinking Of Buying A ‘Smart Device’ This Holiday Season, Check Out Our Gift Ranking

Not only is Mozilla now looking out for your browsing needs, they’ve also produced a second “Privacy Not Included list. It warns you about Internet of Things (IoT) devices, or ‘smart devices’ you should stay away from this holiday season. We had our team make a list of smart devices that are secure, not too intrusive, and will make your life easier!

The Best Tool For Spooky Online Websites That Seem To Know Everything About You

Trick or treat? Our quiz last week demonstrated just how easy it is to be tricked online – that’s a scary thought in and of itself. This Halloween, spooky threats aren’t just popping up in the streets but also lurking in the shadows of the Internet. Keep reading to learn what tool can make you as invisible as a ghost this Halloween. …

You Won’t Believe What Career Is In Demand For All Ages

This week’s theme for Cyber Security Awareness Month is ‘Careers in Cyber Security’. Currently there is a severe shortage of cyber security professionals, causing a risk to our nation’s security. Some experts say there will be a global shortage of two million cyber security professionals by next year. This is due to the growth rate of cyber security positions, which is almost 4x faster than the average growth rate of all other occupations. And with an attractive salary why not consider the cyber security field? …

FixMeStick Inc. Ranks No. 23 On The 2018 Profit 500, And We Want To Say Thank You!

Get 23% off your renewal or a new FixMeStick today. Hurry this sale ends in 48 hours!

Canadian Business and Maclean’s today ranked FixMeStick Technologies Inc. No. 23 on the 30th annual Growth 500, the definitive ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies. So we wanted to give our customers 23% off! FixMeStick made the 2018 Growth 500 list with five-year revenue growth of 3,097%.

Behind The Scenes At FixMeStick HQ

Welcome to FixMeStick HQ! Have you ever wondered what goes into making a FixMeStick and getting it to your door so you easily remove viruses? This tiny USB is jam packed with technology and has a great team supporting it – from engineering to marketing, customer support to packing and fulfillment – we do it all out of our one office here in Montreal, Canada. Keep reading to check it out!…

Ransomware Is On The Rise – You Need This Tool To Protect Your Memories

Ransomware is becoming more and more prevalent and dangerous. McAfee’s Threat Report mentions that ransomware is up 59% in the last year. Often customers ask us how FixMeStick can help with ransomware. Unfortunately, while FixMeStick does remove the actual ransomware virus, any files that have been tampered with are usually lost forever. However, we’ve partnered with Picture Keeper to solve that issue. Keep reading to learn why Picture Keeper is a must have tool to protect your files from viruses and keep your special memories safe. …

Third-Party Advertisers – What Are They and Are They Bad?

Third-party advertisements are ads hosted on regular content websites by another provider. This helps the host website to collect revenue and helps businesses to deliver advertisements to their chosen target market. In reality, there are actually four parties involved – the content website, the user, the advertisement site itself, and the advertisement host server. Many companies advertising don’t have the resources to host themselves, additionally the content websites will rarely purchase ads directly from the companies themselves. Keep reading to learn if these ads are safe or not. 

Are You Using One of The 100 Worst Passwords of 2017?

How many of us are guilty of using the same password for our emails, online banking, and social media? How many times have we used our birthday or pet’s name as a password? How about password, 12345, or even monkey?

Unfortunately by using simple, easy-to-remember passwords, we’re actually making the passwords simple and easy-to-crack for hackers. They are able to program viruses to track these patterns, rendering you unintentionally responsible for your own information being stolen. But don’t panic just yet!