FixMeStick’s Weekly Cybersecurity Round-Up: Aug 12th-18th

Hey FixMeFans, we’ve got another cybersecurity news round-up coming your way! This week we saw some web browser updates to get rid of security theft, some major software companies admitting to recording and sharing private online conversations, as well as some interesting smartphone and Internet of Things hacking. Read on to keep informed and stay cybersecure.

Microsoft, Skype, Apple and other major tech corporations admit to recording or sharing personal conversations of computer users.

Microsoft in specific, admits to using Human contractors with access to private user activity through Skype, a video communication app, as well as through Cortana, a voice recognition feature for newer Windows versions.

Instead of discontinuing the use of Human Contractors, Microsoft simply altered their Privacy Policy. Given their refusal to change their privacy terms, keep this in mind when using these applications. Check out the full story here.

The Mozilla Firefox web browser, released an update to enter a “Master Password” before you can access saved passwords. Yes, you read that right. Previously it was found you could access stored passwords without first entering the master password. So yes, this should definitely reduce security theft.

For all you Firefox users, it is important that you update your version to the latest software to rid of this security glitch and having your passwords potentially copied to the clipboard without entering this master password. 

You can update your version by clicking on the “About Firefox” menu, checking for your version and updating it from there. Read more on how to update here.

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There is evidence that hackers are able to get access to your Apple iPhone by sending you a message, even if you never actually unlocked it!

And if you have an Andorid there is also evidence from a sample of Android smartphones that showed malware infecting 21,000,000 devices, some already pre-installed before purchase! It’s not just your computer that could be at risk for viruses! It is important to protect your smartphone as well. Take a look at this article for some tips on how to keep your smartphone safe from malware.

Computer and smartphone security are crucial but did you know it is possible for your internet routers to be hacked as well?

This article reveals that your internet server, especially 4G hotspots offered by mobile companies, are at high risk of being hacked.

Make sure to treat these as you would your SmartPhone and to update them regularly for the most up to date internet security. This is why it’s very important to use a VPN like NordVPN – get an exclusive discount today.

That’s all we have for this week’s cybersecurity round-up, but tune in next Tuesday for another report on how to stay safe online!