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!

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

18 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).

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