Well folks, it’s 2017! As we move through January, don’t lose sight of your New Year’s resolutions– and consider adding this one to your list. This year, FixMeStick challenges you to make this the year you set up a password manager. Read more
Hello faithful readers!
This week we’ve collected some of the craziest cybersecurity statistics of 2016. Here’s your year in review! Read more
Using public WiFi hotspots is a great way to avoid an expensive data plan when travelling abroad but just how safe can a public network be? Read more
Security experts recommend backing up your computer in case of a ransomware or other malware attack. This means that your files are saved on multiple platforms to safeguard them in the event that your computer is compromised. Read more
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
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
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
Not sure if your computer is infected with viruses? Computers can be complex so it’s sometimes hard to tell. Use some of our tips below to figure out if you might have a virus and what that means for your computer! Read more
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