5 More Internet Safety Tips for the Everyday User

This is part III 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 II: You Graduated to Internet Safety 202

Online privacy and security is always in the news these days. As the world becomes more connected and everyone including your grandmother has a Facebook profile, your private information can be a single click away from falling into the wrong hands.

In this blog, we’ve compiled five more internet safety tips for you. If you use Facebook a lot, shop online, read online news, we have you covered!

Tip 1. Make Purchases From Secure Websites

Before you enter your credit card information on any websites, be sure to look for the letters “https” at the front of the website’s URL link.

For example, when purchasing a FixMeStick, you should be on https://app.fixmestick.com/store/. The ‘HTTPS’ designation indicates the data sent between your browser and the website is encrypted which prevents hackers from being able to read it, especially your credit card information.

Tip 2. Beware of Online Scams

We’ve written extensively about online scams before. In fact, we’ve even made a quiz about online scams so you can find out how likely you are to fall for an online phishing scam.

Remember those phone calls you’d receive from people who claim they are from the IRS or (if you are in Canada) the CRA and demand you pay an outstanding fee? Online scams work in a similar way with most scammers pretending to be large companies like Microsoft or McAfee.

Believe it or not, here at FixMeStick we’ve even had scammers pretending to be our customer support line. To protect yourself, make sure the website you are visiting and the email address you are communicating with is legitimate. In our case, that is support.FixMeStick.com and support@fixmestick.com.

The FixMeStick Support Site

Tip 3. Update Your Antivirus Program

Antivirus programs, like McAfee, protect your computer from malicious software like viruses, trojans, spyware, and other malware. Since millions of viruses are released each day, virus databases are constantly being updated to include the latest known threats. When you update your antivirus , you’ll be protected from these. However, viruses are designed to sneak past your antivirus.

Today’s viruses sabotage the computers they infect, like a burglar who gets into your house and deactivates your security alarms. This makes it difficult to clean an infected computer with software programs, that’s why you also need the FixMeStick.

The FixMeStick can remove these viruses because it’s a plug-in USB device that scans your computer before it boots and before the infections are running.

Tip 4. Change Your Facebook Settings

You wouldn’t give out your personal information to a stranger on the street, so why would you give your information to a stranger online? Facebook used to be a place to share personal pictures and updates for your close family and friends. But these days, you never know how the data you post online can be shared with third parties, and result in identity theft.

You can control who can see and use your Facebook information by changing the Privacy Settings in your account. To start, go to your General Account Settings and click on ‘Privacy’. Once here, you can choose who to share your posts and other information with. Things like your birth date should be kept private as it can be used for identity theft.

Another important setting to check for is your App settings. Do you have a Facebook app that you no longer use? Delete it right away as it can be recording your Facebook account information in the background.

Tip 5. Remember that Everything You Share Is Permanent

Remember that everything you post on the internet can come back to haunt you, as numerous politicians and celebrities have found out. Once a comment or image becomes public, anyone can make copies of it and repost them without your knowledge or consent.

Even if you are not famous, keep in mind that 70% of employers google a candidate’s name online before making their hiring decisions, so think twice about what you post!

That’s it for our series on Internet Safety. To test your knowledge, see if you can pass our ultimate Internet Safety Quiz and receive a bonus discount!

Have any questions about anything we posted? Or maybe you want us to cover another topic — leave it in the comments below!

37 comments

  1. John - Reply

    I thank you for all the great tips you have provided to your continued users for FIXMESTICK, the question I have for you is,” when my renewal comes up and I am using Windows 7 and I purchase a Windows 10 will my renewal continue to work with Windows 10 or I would have to re-register for another FixMeStick account”

    • Linda - Reply

      Hi John, that’s a good question. If you update your Windows 7 computer to Windows 10, your FixMeStick will continue to work on this computer as long as it’s on an active subscription. You do not have to open a new FixMeStick account. You can email support@fixmestick.com if you have any other questions about this

  2. Pam - Reply

    I love using my FixMeStick on a monthly basis and how it’s keeping my laptop safe. Will there come a day when I will be able to use it on my tablet, I sure hope you are working on a stick. Thank you

  3. Anonymous - Reply

    Once again great tips for keeping all your users safe when online, I myself use the F-secure antivirus software provided by my ISP and it has online Banking security which informs me every time I use online shopping or banking.
    Also I use trusteer rapport by IBM which is recommended by my bank and I find them to be very good

  4. Deanna Vowles - Reply

    I love my Fixmestick and the fact that I get reminded to use it every month. Great customer support!!

  5. Leona Burns - Reply

    Thank you so much for sending me up-dates in securing my computer from getting viruses. Regarding Facebook, I do not have their program on my computer.
    One thing that concerns me is that when I have looked up something on the computer to find out where I might purchase it, it frequently shows my postal code at the bottom left corner of my page and whatever I have been looking for will show up on my screen repeatedly after looking it up. If I want to purchase something that is only offered on line, I look for the company’s phone number and order it over the phone, as I have had a bad experience trying to buy on line and I do not trust the system. Should I be concerned about my postal code showing up, as I am wondering how this is happening?
    I am considering purchasing a cell phone and want to include the internet on it. How safe and secure is the internet on cell phones, and what can I do to keep it safe? Are the systems safe so that you can look up your bank account on them? Any information you can give me on cell phones, would be appreciated.
    Thank you for your help and will look forward to hearing from you at your convenience.

    • Keegan Anfield - Reply

      Hi Leona,

      At one point you may have told your browser to save your address. That’s why it knows your postal code. It’s not usually a problem. But if you are concerned we recommend NordVPN – it makes all your browsing private so if you look up a product it won’t repeatedly keep showing up. You can check it out here: https://go.nordvpn.net/aff_c?offer_id=28&aff_id=13538&url_id=912&source=Blog&aff_sub=Display-Ad

      A good thing about NordVPN is that it can be used on up to 6 devices and will cover your cell phone too. Cell phones are safe to use the Internet on, however you need to be careful like you are with your regular computer. That means having strong passwords, using an antivirus and being smart.

      Let us know if you have any other questions!

      Best,
      Keegan

  6. Robin Gagnon - Reply

    Hello,
    Thank you for your helpful sharing of knowledge, as always. Question:
    The instructions which I have for running fixmestick state that I should plug it into my computer’s USB port, then run fixmestick.exe, at which point fixmestick runs an update, and then shuts down the computer in order to boot the system from fixmestick itself. My question is this: This procedure for running fixmestick involves connecting it to a computer on which the OS is running, and therefore presumably any malware. Wouldn’t such a procedure permit the malware to attack and sabotage fixmestick? How is such a malware attack upon fixmestick prevented by fixmestick? Should I disregard the instructions I possess and always start fixmestick from a cold boot, so that fixmestick would never be exposed to any active malware?

    • Keegan Anfield - Reply

      Hi Robin,

      Great question – after you click FixMeStick.exe and it reboots the computer to the FixMeStick itself it restarts the computer which doesn’t allow the malware to interfere. As soon as your computer is off, the malware is too. You can start from a cold boot but it will be the same for the FixMeStick OS environment.

      Let us know if you have other questions.

      Best,
      Keegan

  7. Paul Lanctot - Reply

    Thank you for all those good tips.
    I use my fix stik monthly.

  8. Shirley - Reply

    How do I use my fix it on my cell phone?
    Or do you have on for cellphone’s?

    • Keegan Anfield - Reply

      Hi Shirley, unfortunately FixMeStick is not compatible with tablets or cellphones.

  9. Hony - Reply

    Yeah, I agree that NordVPN deserves a mention here. I use them for a while (protection online for me is really important), and I find them very stable. (it’s really great while traveling, cause you can select from plenty of servers all over the world).

  10. Richard Brooks - Reply

    My fix me stick has kept my old computer working fantastically which I really appreciate because I cannot afford to get a new one not for a long long long time so I’m very thankful that FixMeStick has done such a marvellous job with helping keep my computer running like new and keeping it safe and its components safe from harm so thank you from the bottom of my heart from people that just can’t afford any kind of damage done to their computer you guys are remarkable people

    • Linda - Reply

      Hi Richard, thank you for your feedback. We’re glad to see FixMeStick has been working out for you so far!

  11. Gerardette - Reply

    Fixmestick has helped both our laptops and a desktop for a few years now. We also like the emails of tips and reminders. The “Test” is a great refresher and you should have them two or three times a year, especially if there are new things happening-either good or bad on internet security. Keep up the good work!!

    • Linda - Reply

      Hi Gerardette, thanks for trying our quiz! Most people love them so we’ll definitely try to create more. Stayed tuned to our blog to see more quizzes in the future!

  12. Marc - Reply

    The quiz was a waste of my time, someone else might like it tho. As far as Fixmestick I have been running it for about 8 months and it has found nothing and fixed nothing. Don’t think I will renew.

    Marc

    • Linda - Reply

      Hi Marc, sorry to see that! Feel free to try out our other quizzes, maybe they’ll help. Please note that FixMeStick is a virus removal device so it will only fix virus issues on your computer. I’m not sure what issues you were hoping to fix on your computer, but you can definitely email us at support@fixmestick.com and we’ll look into why it’s happening for you as well as possible fixes.

  13. Kimberley Werr - Reply

    I’ve been using this product for a number of years and got a really good deal on a notorious shopping network (go figure). It’s very effective and reliable and the customer service is outstanding. Hard to mount but I’ve learned a couple things unique to my old Asus laptop thanks to excellent customer service/support and once it gets going it’s aces.

    • Linda - Reply

      Thank you for your comment, Kimberley! If you require any assistance at any time in the future, we’re always happy to help.

  14. Marie Nickol - Reply

    Greatest thing since popcorn. It solved all my problems about 4 years ago and its still going strong. I love, love, love it.

  15. Anonymous - Reply

    I certainly do appreciate the fact that FivMeStick continually gives upsates to keep me well informed. I have been a victim of a major malware breech and all the headaches it caused me to get everything back to normal. If anything I’m more cautious than ever as to not let a complete stranger hack into my personnel filles on my computer. I have VIPRE which checks for antivirus, but with the addition of FixMeStick I have found that virus can still try to hack my computer. On one occasion after running a check there was an item found, and FixMeStick was able to remove it completely. The whole thing is that no one thing can guarantee your computer is 100% free from being attacked. Although it seems that I’m super cautious it’s becauseas my mother always said “The Devil Never Sleeps” so also do Hacker’s.

  16. L E Smith - Reply

    I have “much” trouble to get my fixmestick to begin. I like the system it uses, but, I need help to get it going.
    I am surprized I passed the test!

    • Linda - Reply

      Congrats on passing the test and sorry to see that you are having trouble using your FixMeStick. We’ve reached out to you by email so we can help you troubleshoot the issue, please check your email. Thank you!

  17. Randy Fisher - Reply

    I admire the Fixmestick approach to educating those, who log into your website, on various methods, applications and approaches to “safe surfing” and on-line purchases.
    Ignorance is expensive and those, who dare prey on the unsuspecting, know this. Fixmestick is an education site, as well as, providing essential “tools” like the Fixmestick device and other computer tools, to supply its users, along with “keep safe knowledge” to remain confident. Doing one’s part is essential.

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