FixMeStick's Weekly Cybersecurity Roundup: October 13th – October 19th

FixMeStick's Weekly Cybersecurity Roundup: October 13th – October 19th

Hello FixMeFans and StartMeStars! It’s time for this week’s edition of the Cybersecurity Roundup. We've got lots to cover!

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Internet Safety Tips

Internet Safety Tips

If you use the internet to do everything from online shopping to keeping in touch with friends, check out these everyday tips for staying safe online.

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How to Breathe a New Life into Your Old Computer

How to Breathe a New Life into Your Old Computer

Do you have an old computer that you no longer use? Does it have the blue screen or it's just frustratingly slow and you’re tired of seeing the spinner?

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Amazon Prime Day 2020: What You Need to Know

Amazon’s Prime Day starts on October 13 this year! Last year 100 million products were sold in 36 hours – which is no surprise as many people treat it like a Black Friday in the summer. This year is a little different, in that they’ve pushed the event to October! However, with the growing popularity…

QUIZ! How Secure Are You Online?

Recently we’ve seen some major hacks, like the attack on the CRA (Canada Revenue Agency) where 11,200 accounts were compromised. We also know that ‘opportunistic cybercriminals are targeting employees working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic’, according to McAfee.

With everything going on, how secure are your online accounts in the face of hackers? Take our cybersecurity checkup quiz today to find out!

Remote Learning and Laptop Shortages

Laptop Shortages due to COVID-19

With September around the corner, many students are making preparations to start a new academic year. In these times of COVID-19, the back-to-school season will look very different for many.

For one, with so many schools embracing remote or distance learning, technology such as laptops have been in high demand. As a result, many retail stores and computer sellers are facing a shortage of laptops.

5 Tips To Teach Your Kids Before Sending Them Into The Digital World

Raising children in the digital age can definitely be an interesting experience. With the internet at their fingertips,  new and enriching opportunities are sprouting up each day – but these changes often come with their own set of problems as well.

As scams and malware become increasingly prevalent, one of the most vital lessons you can provide your kids is the importance of cybersecurity. What may seem like no-brainers might actually save you and your children a world of trouble down the line.

Make sure your child is informed and protected by teaching them these top cyber-safety tips.

How to Breathe New Life into an Old Computer with the StartMeStick

Do you have an old computer at home that you no longer use? It might have a blue screen and not start up anymore, or it is frustratingly slow and you’re tired of seeing the spinner every time you click something. Maybe you stopped receiving security updates so it’s no longer safe to use on the Internet.

Taking your computer into a repair shop is inconvenient and can sometimes cost more than $100 just for them to tell you there is nothing they can do. Buying a new computer is expensive and hard on your budget.

What if we told you that you could revive your old computers easily with just one little USB key and a few simple steps?

Your Ultimate Guide to Virtual Private Networks

Did you know that in 2020, Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are being used by at least 26% of ALL internet users?

The current global VPN market has an estimated worth of almost 20.1 billion dollars. Heard of a VPN, but not really sure what it is? With the information and tips below, decide whether a VPN is essential to your cybersecurity!

How to Solve a Slow Computer 303

Is your computer still not as fast as you’d like after trying the solutions in our previous articles? If you haven’t read them then you can read them in the links below:

Slow Computer 101 – Speed up a slow, virus-clogged computer
Slow Computer 202 – Remove clutter to speed up your PC

This week is the final part of our Slow Computer series that might just save you from a trip to the computer store or technician.

In this article, we have an easy to use solution, that can make any computer fast, secure and private and bring an old computer back from the dead.

Simply plug in the StartMeStick – a secure and private operating system on a stick and do anything you want online. Pull it out and your computer goes back to the way it was. And the StartMeStick is like brand new every time you use it. Continue reading below to learn more.

How To Fix A Slow Computer 202

If you’ve followed the first part of our Slow Computer Guide you can be confident that your computer is virus free. So what if it is still slow? In the second part of our Slow Computer series, we will show you more slow computer fixes if the issue is a cluttered computer.

To read the other parts of our slow computer series, click the links below!

Slow Computer 101 – Speeding up a Virus-Clogged Computer
Slow Computer 303 – Operating System Slowing You Down?

Is your computer slow to startup or have a slower performance in general? It might be caused by an excessive number of computer files and programs! Here are some ways you can cut that digital clutter to spring-clean your computer.

5 Shocking Facts About E-Waste! Can You Handle It?

Earth day is this week. To mark this occasion, this year we want to share some shocking facts about electronic waste. Hopefully, this will shed some light on the impact of your electronic purchases and inspire you to reduce mindless spending.

Need a ‘fun’ break? Try our Earth Day quiz here to see how much you know about e-waste! Otherwise, continue reading below for some facts and tips on how you can reduce your e-waste footprint.

How To Fix A Slow Computer 101

One of the most common questions people ask us over the years is how to speed up a slow computer. After all, having a computer that’s slow at startup or to open and run applications is frustrating no matter what you’re trying to do.

Today, we are introducing the first of our 3-part series on slow computer fixes. In this first part, we’ll focus on what to do if your computer is slow due to viruses. You can check out the rest of the blogs in this series below:

Slow Computer 202 – Speeding up a Cluttered Computer
Slow Computer 303 – Operating System Slowing You Down?

Tips for Keeping Your Work Life Separate From Your Personal Life Online

Living in the age of the internet means many of us have the privilege of working from home. Until the current global pandemic is over, a lot of us are working from home.

Here at FixMeStick we have the luxury of running our operations from the comfort of our own homes throughout the COVID-19 lockdown. We understand that it can be difficult to separate your digital work life from your online private life. Keep reading for tips to keep them separate!

Backing Up Your Personal Files, Just In Case

When it comes to using computers, the most frustrating thing is encountering an unexpected error and suddenly losing access to all your stored information – photos, applications, documents, all lost because of a single malfunction.

Should you back up your computer? For individuals who rely on the computer for storing any sort of valuable files, a malfunctioning computer can feel like the end of the world. Keep reading to learn how to avoid this.

What You Can Do To Be More Environmentally Friendly

Environmental sustainability is a hot topic in many ways currently – and in celebration of Earth Hour, we’d like to provide some tips to make sure you know all the ins and outs of being tech-conscious AND environmentally friendly. Whether it be trying to reduce your carbon emissions by driving an eco friendly car, or simply going out of your way to compost or recycle, being environmentally friendly is an important part in keeping our planet healthy and clean!

Think You’re Protected with Chrome’s Incognito? Think Again!

If you’re a Google Chrome user, you might know that this web browser offers an incognito mode. When you browse online using Chrome incognito, it’s supposed to give you more privacy so your online identity can be concealed. This is similar to InPrivate in Microsoft Edge or a Private tab in Safari. Keep reading to learn more!

How to Protect Yourself From Online Dating Scams

It’s Valentine’s Day, meaning it’s a great opportunity to gift that special someone the present of cyber security, which is truly the gift that keeps on giving. Although I’m sure many people are savvy with the ins and outs of protecting yourself from cyber scams and hackers, you may not be as familiar when it comes to scammers in the word of romance.

Using Windows 10? Microsoft Urging Individuals to Update After Security Vulnerability Found

Now that Microsoft has ended support for Windows 7, many people have made the decision to move onto Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows 10. However, Windows users are not fully in the clear just yet – The US National Security Agency (NSA) has recently discovered a critical bug in the operating system, to which Microsoft has since released a patch to fix.

Free vs. Paid Antivirus

How to Choose Between Free and Paid Antivirus Software

The FixMeStick is the world’s best-selling virus removal device. But does that mean you no longer need antivirus software? The answer is No.

The FixMeStick works in partnership with antivirus. Think of antivirus as your everyday protection, like brushing your teeth, to make sure that most viruses stay out. However, inevitably threats get through and that’s why you need the FixMeStick! The FixMeStick is like going to the dentist once a year for a deep clean.

So we’ve determined that you need the FixMeStick and an antivirus program. But now the question is, should I pay for an antivirus software? In this article, we break down some of the differences between free and paid antivirus software so you can make a decision on which is best for you.

Is the StartMeStick Right for You?

Whether you’re looking for more privacy and security while online, or simply looking to replace your old, slow computer, the StartMeStick could be the answer if you’re looking for a fast, secure, and private online experience. So we’re here to answer all your questions about our new product so you understand what the StartMeStick does, and whether it’s the right fit for you.

These Logins Were Offered on the Dark Web

21 million logins for Top 500 firms were found on the Dark Web – a part of the internet that cannot be located via conventional search engines like Google and is often used as a marketplace for criminal activity.

If one of your online accounts have been hacked recently, then it’s possible that your account login and password may have been obtained by hackers via the dark web.

Keep reading to learn how this happened, and how to prevent it from happening to you.

The dark web is a part of the internet that’s often used for criminal activity.

This Windows Vulnerability Could Put Your at Risk

Remember when we told you it’s crucial you update your software? Recently, Microsoft started urging people to patch their Windows system following reports of attacks based on their BlueKeep vulnerability.

Bluekeep, which is the code-name for the security flaw CVE-2019-0708, was first revealed in May 2019, and there have since been numerous reports of this flaw being exploited. So go update your operating system now.

Can You Pass Our Internet Safety Quiz?

Earlier this year, we published a series of blog posts on how to stay safe online. If you haven’t read all of them, you can check them out below.

Part I: Polish up Your Internet Safety Skills
Part II: You Graduated to Internet Safety 202
Part III: 5 More Internet Safety Tips for the Everyday User

When you’re ready, see if you can pass our ultimate Internet Safety Quiz!

Windows 10 Tips to Make Your Life Easier

Ever since Microsoft announced the end-of-support for Windows 7, numerous organizations and regular Windows 7 users have been updating their system to Windows 10. Remember, even if you have Windows 7 FixMeStick will still be compatible, but Microsoft will no longer release security updates for Windows 7 so you’ll want to use your FixMeStick regularly. Learn more about the change here. Keep reading for our best Windows 10 tips!

6 Signs You May Be Speaking With a Tech Support Scam

Recently, the cybersecurity world was shocked by the exposure of a tech support scam that allegedly conned elderly folks out of over $1.3 million dollars.

The 3 hackers, who were charged with running the scam, targeted older populations by using threatening pop-ups and pretending to be the technical support staff at large computer companies. Believe it or not, these types of scams have cheated senior citizens out of approximately $2.9 billion annually!

Keep reading to learn how to tell if you’re speaking with FixMeStick or a tech support scam.

You Graduated to Internet Safety 202

This is part II in a series of blog posts we have written about Internet Safety. Let us know in the comments if you like these articles. Plus if you haven’t read the other articles, you can check them out below.

Part I: Polish Up Your Internet Safety Skills

Part III: 5 More Internet Safety Tips for the Everyday User

In our previous internet safety article we gave you some tips to polish up your Internet safety skills. We also asked what you do to stay safe online and received a host of helpful comments. We’ve summarized your best tips below in what we’re calling “Internet Safety 202.”

How to Speed Up Your Slow Tablet So It’s Running like New

Have you ever asked yourself “Why is my tablet so slow?”. Here at FixMeStick, we understand that having a slow computer or a slow tablet can really be a drag. Simple tasks such as switching between apps or swiping through photos become frustrating and much less enjoyable. Why is my tablet running slowly? It’s true that malware can get onto…

How Can Everyone Ensure Online Safety?

It’s week 3 of Cyber Security Awareness Month, and we’re looking at how it’s everyone’s job to ensure online safety! New threats are being identified every four seconds – and they’re more sophisticated, frequent, and severe. Ransomware in particular is up 42% in 2018, according to McAfee. Keep reading to learn how to be #CyberAware when it comes to ransomware.…

Anna Kendrick is Considered 2020’s Most “Dangerous” Celebrity – Here’s Why

While at first glance Anna Kendrick may not seem all too dangerous, McAfee’s “most dangerous celebrities” list begs to differ, placing the star at the top of their ranking. Although Kendrick, known for her roles in movies such as Pitch Perfect and 2020’s Trolls World Tour, definitely doesn’t fit the bill for a stereotypical dangerous celebrity, according to McAfee it’s her presence on the internet that really seals the deal.

Multi-Factor Authentication and Why It’s a Cybersecurity Essential

When it comes to your passwords, everyone knows the do’s and don’ts of maintaining basic online security: keep your password at least 8 characters long, include some numbers and symbols – it’s pretty straightforward, but it’s not the only thing you can do for your cybersecurity.

There are several ways in which cybercriminals are able to get your passwords. Whether it be through malware, stealing, or simply guessing, cybercriminals are getting better and better at cracking your codes. This is where multi-factor authentication comes in!

TikTok Introduces New In-App 2020 US Elections Guide

As the 2020 US elections get closer and closer, many social media platforms are gearing up to stop the spread of misinformation that tends to pop up around this time.

With Facebook restricting political ads and removing posts with false information, it makes sense that the popular video app, TikTok, has since come up with an in-app guide to the 2020 U.S. election in order to provide its users access to credible information.

Are You Doing the Most for Your Computer’s Security?

Computer security may not seem like a big deal for some, but with many aspects of life being centred around online work, having some semblance of computer security is crucial for maintaining your safety.

Are you doing the most for your computer’s security? Scroll down to try our quiz to see how much of a security whiz you may be.