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
With Father’s Day right around the corner it can only mean one thing, graduations! Maybe your child or grandchild is graduating this year, have you thought about what a great graduation gift could be? This graduating generation seems to have it all, especially when it comes to technology, but it’s important to help keep them safe in today’s digital world. Often they can be oblivious to threats because they’ve grown up with technology. Keep reading for great grad gifts for kids that seem to have it all. Read more
You might have heard about ‘blockchain’ recently. It’s evolved a lot since it was originally devised for the digital currency, Bitcoin. Blockchain allows information to be distributed but not copied, which is creating a new type of internet. Keep reading to learn what blockchain is, and if it will really make the internet safer. Read more