FixMeStick's Weekly Cybersecurity Round-Up: Mar 23rd - 29th

FixMeStick's Weekly Cybersecurity Round-Up: Mar 23rd - 29th

Hello FixMeFans and StartMeStars! It’s time for this week’s edition of the Cybersecurity Round-Up. We've got lots to cover! And remember to stay safe out there.

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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 Speed up a Slow Computer

How to Speed up a Slow Computer

Does your computer take 20 minutes to turn on and even more time to open an email? Check out these tips on how to speed up a slow computer!

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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 lock down. 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.

How to Safely & Securely Work from Home Amidst the Coronavirus

With many forms of employment, people are often given the opportunity to work from home. Especially given the recent news regarding the current coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.

A lot of companies have started encouraging their employees to work from home, including here in our FixMeStick office where we have officially entered “Working From Home Mode“. Keep reading for some of our tips on how to continue being secure online while working from home.

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.

Worst Passwords of 2019

Coming up with a good password can leave a lot of us scratching our heads. It’s a lot of specific requirements, random characters, and it’s definitely a hassle we can all relate to. While opting for a simple password might seem like the easy way around it – you’re doing yourself more harm than good. 

While quick and simple passwords are easier to remember, it also makes it quicker and easier for hackers to crack and gain access to your accounts.

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 Spot the Latest Shopping Scams?

Earlier this month, we’ve shared some of the latest shopping scams that have popped up in 2019. This week, we’ve created an exciting new quiz to test your knowledge of shopping scams to prepare you just in time for Black Friday!

How ready are you to shop until you drop? Scroll down to try the quiz and see how many scams you can spot from the real deals.

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. 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?” Having a device that’s as slow as a snail’s pace 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 your tablet and slow…

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.…

Up to 5.2 Million Guests Compromised in Recent Marriott International Breach

Amidst everything that is going on, scams and hacks have risen steadily since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic – but this doesn’t only apply to individuals targeted by scam campaigns, but also entire organizations. On March 31st, Marriott International released a statement that they suffered a data breach impacting up to 5.2 million individuals. Keep reading for everything you need to know about this.

In celebration of International Women’s Day

In honor of International Women’s Day, we’d like to shine some light on the wonderful women who have contributed to the world of science and technology over time.

While gender diversity still remains an issue in the current world of tech, we are nevertheless taking the necessary steps in creating more opportunities and changing how we view technology.

FixMeFact – did you know that women make up around 50% of our FixMeStick team? Check out our blog to meet these awesome women at FixMeStick.