FixMeStick's Weekly Cybersecurity Roundup: August 4th – August 10th

FixMeStick's Weekly Cybersecurity Roundup: August 4th – August 10th

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 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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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 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.

Working from Home Made Safe

Working from home can be both a gift and a curse. While you’re able to escape the confines of your regular office space, your level of security tends to be a lot lower at home than at the office. Regardless of your location, you always want to be sure that your work is as safe as possible – free from any prying eyes. Here at FixMeStick, we’re dedicated to making sure your home work is just as secure as your office work, no matter where you are.

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. 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.…

Back to School Basics for Your Cybersecurity Needs

Heading back to school is probably going to look a little different this year. With many schools opting towards online classes, back to school shopping is going to come with a whole new set up of problems, especially considering that education is among the top targets for cybercriminals. Keep reading to prep for back to school!

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?

FixMeStick’s Sunday Scaries (July 19th 2020)

Hey FixMeFans and StartMeStars! We’re back with the Sunday Scaries – our way of keeping you in the loop with the latest news on malware and scams that are hitting the internet.

As COVID-19 scams continue to fall, this will be the last installment of the Sunday Scaries for the time being. However, you can continue to check our Weekly Roundups where we to post everything you need to know to stay up to date on all things cybersecurity!

Click here for the May edition

Click here for the June edition

6 Summer Staycation Ideas for COVID Times

With stay-at-home orders in many parts of the world and hotels, resorts, and many businesses forced to shut down, 2020 has not been too great a year for vacations so far.

If you’ve had to postpone any vacation plans due to cancelled flights, shuttered locations, or simply out of concern for your own health and safety,  we have some ideas for you!

Continue reading below for some fun “staycation” ideas and ways you can add some excitement to this year’s summer vacation.