It was recently discovered that Comcast Xfinity inadvertently exposed the partial home addresses and Social Security numbers of more than 26 million customers last week. The online customer portal had vulnerabilities that would allow almost anyone to access the personal information. Keep reading to learn more. Read more
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
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
Everyday new apps are popping up for your mobile device, but not all of them are legitimate. Sources like Google Play and Apple’s App Store, are bombarded with illegitimate applications, despite their trying to combat the situation. Learn how to identify a fake app, how to remove one and how to stay safe! Read more
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
How is it already August? Summer is slipping away and if you feel like you’ve been spending too much time on your devices and not enough fun in the sun then here are 5 tips to help keep a good balance between technology and the outdoors! Read more
In the digital age we live we are starting to see more and more kids being stressed by social media. Keep reading to learn why this happens and what you can do to help kids fight this social media stress. Read more
A major international airport’s security and building automation systems was found by McAfee’s ATR team for sale for only $10 USD on the dark web. Keep reading to learn the ‘where’, ‘what’, ‘how’. Read more
We live in a world where it is so easy for the wrong people to get our personal information. Then our livelihood is at stake. It’s scary to think what people could do with some of this information: hack your passwords, drain your accounts, even steal your identity. So how safe are you really being? Keep reading to do a quick cybersecurity checkup. Read more
Have you heard of any of the following genealogy websites; 23andMe, Ancestry, Helix, MyHeritage, or Habit? But have you ever considered how their collecting, using and protecting the data you provide them? Concerns are mounting over DNA privacy. Keep reading to learn what is being done and what you should know. Read more
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
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
Personal health data of 1.5 million citizens was stolen from SingHealth, the largest healthcare provider in Singapore. This breach leaked information like names, addresses, IC numbers, and prescription information. Singapore’s Ministry of Health will be notifying those affected in the upcoming days. Read more
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
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
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
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
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
While “All-Radio 4.27 Portable” is a legitimate Russian radio and video streaming platform, it has been co-opted by hackers and bundled with malware, rootkits, and trojans. It’s designed to bury into your registry and can be very dangerous to your machine. Read on to see if your Windows computer is affected. Read more
On July 2nd the Wall Street Journal reported that Google allows third party application developers to scan gmail users’ inboxes. Yes, that means they can skim through your emails. Even though, just last year Google promised they would stop accessing Gmail accounts for ad targeting purposes. Read on to see what this promise excludes and what it means for your privacy. Read more
Ticketmaster UK suffered a recent data breach where over 40,000 international account holders (though not US customers) were affected. These accounts had their name, address, email address, telephone number, payment details and Ticketmaster login details compromised. Keep reading so you know how to how to stay safe after this breach. Read more
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.
With over half the world tuning into the World Cup, it’s a prime target for hackers to take advantage of us and try to infect our computers. Let’s take a look at the latest phishing scam making the rounds. Read more
The U.s Congress, supported by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), has designated June as National Internet Safety Month. Internet Safety Month emphasizes the importance of taking the proper cybersecurity measures while surfing the web, not just in June but all year around. Read more
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
Yesterday, June 13th, 2018, news broke that Dixons Carphone, an electrical and telecommunications firm run out of the UK, was the target of a cyber attack exposing 5.9 million payment cards and 1.2 million personal data records of their customers. If you’re in the UK you should keep reading to learn how to protect yourself.
The newest destructive malware in the online community is making us rethink the safety of our Wi-Fi routers. If you have internet at your home, chances are you have a router. VPNFilter is a new form of malware designed to penetrate routers, and it’s more vicious than we thought. Read more
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
Situation Normal All Facebooked Up (SNAFU) is an internal Facebook glitch that recently plagued 14 million users. The bug automatically made posts between the 18th and 27th of May be made public. Were you affected? Read more
We’re happy to announce FixMeStick will be available in Canadian Staples locations as of June 8th! FixMeStick is your key to a fast and clean computer. It allows you to deep clean your computer from the comfort of home in partnership with your everyday virus protection. Read more
If you use the internet then you know there is always a concern people could be watching your activity and stealing your personal information. That’s why we recommend getting a VPN right now. Keep reading to learn what a VPN is, the benefit of having one and the best VPN for you. Read more
We all make mistakes, it’s normal! But when can an innocent mistake lead to trouble? A hacker’s job is to look for vulnerabilities; be it in an operating system, software program, or even a human weakness. Can your typing be the cause of your malware infection? Keep reading to find out. Read more
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.
Recently there’s been a flood of data breaches such as Sears, Saks, and Under Armour as well as social networks like Twitter and Facebook. Hacks are alarming and frustrating, so how can you get back to your normal online activity after a breach? Keep reading for steps to help you stay safe after your data is exposed. Read more
Focusing on passwords this week, brings us to the biggest question of them all: How do hackers actually obtain our passwords? Behind the scenes, hackers have created numerous tricks to accessing our personal information.
This week has been full of data breaches, so the FixMeStick team compiled a summary to help keep you safe! Read more
The first step to data security is being aware that our personal computers, phones, and tablets are vulnerable to hacking and fraud. You’ve taken all the “right” steps in protecting your personal device, but are you immune from a data breach? With so many recent attacks, it leaves us wondering how to stay safe. Read more
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
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
“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.
Facebook revealed that Cambridge Analytica data firm has been collecting not only user data without permission, but also the data of their friends. Facebook claims to have dealt with this fraudulent data scam in 2014, but evidence proves little was done to ensure it had actually been deleted. You can see what Zuckerberg himself had to say below. Read more
Ask yourself the following questions:
- Is your computer running slowly, even after a FixMeStick scan?
- Have you tried different solutions but the problem remains?
- Are you having trouble opening programs and experiencing freezing?
We have a solution! Keep reading to find out how to easily speed up your computer. Read more
How can you be sure that the passwords you’re choosing are really strong enough?
Take these for example: Zdhkqjbu83, lw;62v74y, 74Xmbgdapw.
Are you really secure with these passwords? Read more
It’s almost World Password Day! From all of us here at FixMeStick, we wish you a Happy (early) World Password Day! To celebrate, we will be posting a daily blog this week concerning all things passwords! Read more
It’s March and that can only mean 1 thing– March Madness. Now that your brackets are prepared (and potentially busted already) it’s time to prepare your computer. Because for cyber criminals, it’s a totally different kind of madness, as they prepare for a game of their own. Read more
Although tax season often means frustration and headaches, with online tax software it can be painless. But you need to be careful of tax scams. We asked our in-house tax experts for the best tips to help you sail through your returns safely, securely and efficiently.
Are you speaking to FixMeStick support or a tech support scam?
At FixMeStick we try to treat every customer like we would our own family. However not all customer support is this genuine and some may try to impersonate FixMeStick. Keep reading to learn the difference between FixMeStick support and a tech support scam.
Understanding the difference between real and fake pop-ups.
It’s often very difficult to know if a pop-up is a genuine warning or a scam. Many of our customers have seen pop-ups like the one below and don’t know what to do, they’re very alarming to say the least. Have you experienced a pop-up like this? We can help!
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
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
Over the past few years mobile security has become increasingly important. However, many are completely unaware that their mobile device is just as vulnerable, if not more, than their computer. If the proper security measures aren’t taken sensitive information could end up in the wrong hands. Here’s 5 ways you can improve your mobile security. Read more
Think you’ve got your bases covered because you already have an antivirus program? Think again.
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!
Whether you use your computer for playing games or online banking, protect your data and privacy by avoiding these cyber security mistakes. Read more
The newest Trojan making the rounds is “Terdot”. It uses infected email attachments to spread and has targeted users in the US, Canada, the UK, Germany and Australia. It is based on the Zeus banking Trojan. Find out what you need to do to stay safe. Read more
Black Friday is just around the corner and with that comes hot deals but also malware trying to capitalize on this busy time of the year! Check out these tips for how to stay safe while online shopping this holiday season! Read more