Do You Have An iPhone? Could Siri Be Listening To You?

Do You Have An iPhone? Could Siri Be Listening To You?

So many devices we use and keep with us are capable of recording voice, so how can we be sure they’re not eavesdropping on us? If you say “Hey, Google” or “Hey, Siri” are our devices respond, doesn’t that imply they’re constantly listening to us? How much data can our phones store about us and who can access this information? Keep reading to learn more.  Read more

PGA Computers Attacked By Ransomware

PGA Computers Attacked By Ransomware

Just days before the annual PGA (Professional Golfers’ Association) championship tournament their computers were infected by ransomware.  Golf Week reported that staff realized the morning of Tuesday August 7th that their computers had been compromised when they saw a message that read “Your network has been penetrated. All files on each host in the network have been encrypted with a strong algorithm”. The message threatened that attempting to break the encryption could case them to lose all of their data. Keep reading to learn more.  Read more

Another Health Care Center Hit With Ransomware

Another Health Care Center Hit With Ransomware

Ransomware attacks are growing and hitting one industry in particular – health care! In the past two weeks, both LabCorp and Cass Regional Medical Center, went down for more than a week after separate ransomware attacks. And now it was revealed that last week patient records from Missouri-based Blue Spring Family Care have been compromised after hackers attacked the provider with a variety of malware, including ransomware. Keep reading for everything you need to know.  Read more

[BREACH ALERT] Reddit Has Been Breached. Here’s What You Need To Know!

[BREACH ALERT] Reddit Has Been Breached. Here’s What You Need To Know!

On August 1st Reddit informed users their system was breached and user data all the way back to 2005 was accessed. Despite having two-factor authentication, hackers managed to compromise account credentials, email addresses, and private messages. So pretty much if you’ve ever used Reddit you could be at risk. The hackers accessed Reddit employee accounts by intercepting a SMS-two factor authentication system. Read on to learn how Reddit users are affected. Read more

Behind The Scenes At FixMeStick HQ

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! Read more

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

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.  Read more

Hackers – 1, US Air Force – 0

Hackers – 1, US Air Force – 0

US Air Force information about drones, tanks, and deployment tactics was leaked and up for sale on the dark web. Future’s Inskit Group first identified  this product on the underground marketplace and  reported about it July 10th. Inskit Group confirmed the hackers had actually managed to steal this secret military intel, and Business Insider reported the hackers managed to steal it from a remote area in South America on very little bandwidth. So what do you need to know? Keep reading. Read more

Top 8 Security Deals This Prime Day – Some You Don’t Even Need A Prime Subscription For!

Top 8 Security Deals This Prime Day – Some You Don’t Even Need A Prime Subscription For!

Christmas in July is right around the corner– July 16th at 3PM ET is the kickoff of Amazon Prime Day! Last year, sales grew a whopping 60% on Prime Day over the previous year, hitting the $1 billion sales mark in 2017. This year is expected to surpass that and his a full day and a half of amazing savings with select sales already started. With all these deals, what should you get? We did the work for you and found the top 8 security deals – keep reading to cash in on the best deals of the year! Read more

Your Smart TVs Could Be Doing More Than Meets The Eye

Your Smart TVs Could Be Doing More Than Meets The Eye

The New York Times reported Samba Interactive software collects data on around 13.5 million TVs in the US to promote personalized advertising. You may have heard of Samba because the brand runs its software on over a dozen TV models from brands like Sony, Sharp, Magnavox, Toshiba, and Philips. What you may not know is how this software could be used to invade your privacy, keep reading to learn how.  Read more

What a New Study Found About Elderly People Being Scammed Online

What a New Study Found About Elderly People Being Scammed Online

Too ashamed to admit you’ve been scammed? You’re not alone. A new study found that 36% of elderly people (those aged 65 and over) who’ve been scammed are too embarrassed to talk about what happened. Being scammed is disheartening, and can make you feel isolated from the tech-driven world around you. But staying silent only makes things worse–the study stresses that not talking about being scammed inevitably leads to non-reporting and increased crime rates. Keep reading to learn how to combat this issue and how to stay safe! Read more

Booked A Trip Lately? You Need To Be Aware Of This Data Breach

Booked A Trip Lately? You Need To Be Aware Of This Data Breach

On June 14th hackers gained access to a French scheduling software called FastBooking via an application flaw. They installed malware and stole swathes of personal information about hotel guests. FastBooking identified the malware on their server on June 19th and the breach was patched that evening, but not before personal information was compromised. Keep reading for everything you need to know. 

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Learn About This Exploitable Flaw in Apple’s Security Code

Learn About This Exploitable Flaw in Apple’s Security Code

For the longest time Mac users felt their devices were impenetrable. However as Apple gains a greater share of the market hackers have started creating more and more malware targeting Mac users. This past Tuesday a cybersecurity research firm flagged an exploitable flaw in Apple’s security code that has been present for over a decade. Keep reading to learn just how dangerous this flaw is.  Read more

If You Know Someone That Has This Toy – Be Careful. What Hackable Toys Can Teach Us About Security.

If You Know Someone That Has This Toy – Be Careful. What Hackable Toys Can Teach Us About Security.

Last week it was announced that CloudPets, a brand of bluetooth-enabled smart toys, are being pulled from the online stores of Walmart, Amazon, eBay and Target. CloudPets allow children to record and receive audio messages via the cloud and an iOS or Android app. Keep reading to discover why these children toys are a cyber security threat.  Read more

6 Gifts For A Secure And Fun Father’s Day

6 Gifts For A Secure And Fun Father’s Day

If there’s one thing dads love, it’s gadgets! FixMeStick is the perfect Father’s Day gift for a dad who loves to stay up-to-date on the latest security measures, and with use on up to 3 computers, FixMeStick will make him the virus removal hero of your whole household! Give your dad the peace-of-mind of having a virus free computer – click here to get your dad a FixMeStick this Father’s Day.
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Hack Alert: Under Armour Under Attack

Hack Alert: Under Armour Under Attack

Only last week Facebook came forward with claims of compromised user data, and today Under Armour is revealing the same. Under Armour purchased the popular fitness app MyFitnessPal in 2015. Now, in February, over 150 million MyFitnessPal accounts were breached, causing it to be one of the largest data breaches in history. Under Armour is urging users to change their passwords, Dashlane can help you do this. Read more

Virus Alert: SamSam Ransomware

Virus Alert: SamSam Ransomware

March 2018 has proven an active month for ransomware around the country. A blatant attack on the government, SamSam ransomware has hit two major American cities. First Colorado, rendering Colorado’s Department of Transport computers useless, then no more than a week ago Atlanta was struck, and only yesterday WannaCry attacks on Boeing have been reported. Due to these attacks many government tasks are being handled by the old-school method of handwriting! Despite the concentration of attacks this month, city-wide computer hacking is not a new concept. In 2017, Dallas experienced a municipal security threat by having their weather sirens hacked. This persistent blaring for 1.5hrs was only the beginning of larger threats to follow. With ransomware continuing to spread, keep reading for everything you need to know to protect yourself. Read more

The Malware Hall of Fame: WannaCry

The Malware Hall of Fame: WannaCry

WannaCry” or  “WannaCryptor” is ransomware that quickly spread to over 57000 machines in over 150 countries in just a few hours, and despite attempts to stop it, continued growing. “WannaCry” is being called the biggest ransomware outbreak the Internet has ever seen. Some are speculating it could be starting to spread again – earning it a spot in our Malware Hall of Fame. Keep reading to learn more about WannaCry and how to protect yourself. 

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Could You Be Infected And Not Even Know It?

Could You Be Infected And Not Even Know It?

Your computer could be trying to tell you something – are you listening? Learn everything you need to know about “Bug Splat.exe”. First off, what is it? 

Bug splat.exe was created initially by engineers to help track and identify issues when a program crashes. It is a .exe file developed by Macromedia, associated with flash 5.0 for Windows Operating Systems. Learn what to do if you are seeing error messages related to this below.  Read more

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

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! Read more

This Is The Safest (And Easiest) Way To Keep Your Accounts Secure

This Is The Safest (And Easiest) Way To Keep Your Accounts Secure

Our customers frequently ask us for computer security recommendations. Where possible, we will work out an exclusive discount for FixMeStick customers for computer security products that we recommend. Dashlane Password Manager is a must-have. The best way to protect your identity and online accounts is by using strong, unique passwords everywhere. However, keeping track of passwords securely is difficult. With Dashlane, you benefit from having a software program create strong, unique passwords for you. Dashlane will then automatically fill in the login page for your online accounts. Once you use it, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.

But what if Dashlane gets hacked?  That’s a great question!

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