Be Aware and Beware of the Dreaded Ransomware

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2016 has been a turbulent year for the world and the tech world is no exception. This year we have seen some major security breaches; we’ve written about a couple of them including the major DDoS attack in October and the recent DNC hack.

Large scale breaches are indeed serious but what keeps cyber criminals rolling in the Benjamins are smaller hacks on individuals, businesses and even hospitals. They accomplish this through ransomware. Ransomware is an umbrella term for a group of viruses that holds valuable information hostage– either by encrypting your data so that is is unreadable or by totally locking you out of your computer. It’s been a tremendously successful–and profitable– tactic. 2016 is being hailed as “the year of ransomware” among tech bloggers and IT professionals alike, probably because ransomware distribution has increased a whopping 500% from the previous year. Within the first 3 months of this year, perpetrators of ransomware collected $209 million dollars and this is probably underestimated due to victims being unwilling or unaware of how to report their losses. The F.B.I. estimates that by the end of the year, this number will have reached upwards of $1 billion Read more

What You Need to Know: Phishing Scams

What You Need to Know: Phishing Scams

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In this edition of the FixMeStick news roundup, learn all about phishing scams: what they are, how to protect yourself, and what to do if you’ve become a phishing victim. As well, read about a major change Google Chrome is putting into place to protect you from insecure websites, an online attack on Tesco Bank in the UK, and a Google Adwords scam targeting Mac users. Read more

Why You Need More Than Just Anti-Virus Programs

Why You Need More Than Just Anti-Virus Programs

Ever wonder how you got viruses on your computer, even when you have a respected anti-virus program on it? A little while ago, having an anti-virus program would be more than enough protection from even the nastier viruses out there. Unfortunately, viruses are getting more and more clever and it is increasingly difficult to stop them all! Read more

Tips For Downloading Programs Online

Tips For Downloading Programs Online

More and more often, programs are installed not through CDs purchased at recognized stores but instead online through websites. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing! Much like other online shopping, downloading programs online can be convenient and fast. Also like online shopping, however, it can come with some risks. This doesn’t mean you should stop doing it! Instead, you should be doing it in a tech savvy way.

Below are a list of tips to help you download programs while avoiding any of the fallbacks, getting both convenience and safety! Read more