FixMeStick’s Weekly Cybersecurity Round-Up: Oct 28th – Nov 3rd

Hey FixMeFans and StartMeStars! It’s time for this week’s Cybersecurity Round-Up. This past week, Androids have suffered another malware attack, Google chrome finds a hacking susceptibility, the latest Apple update, Catalina, has some issues, and a spyware company is being held accountable for its actions. Keep scrolling for more on these stories!

Apple has always prided itself on being user-friendly, with updates always being hassle free. However it appears the latest update, Catalina 10.15.1, has a host of issues associated with it. From not being able to connect to Bluetooth, to certain keyboard keys not responding. For more on the specific issues, as well as details on Apple’s response, click here.

There is a new malware infecting Androids, and it is almost impossible to remove. Xhelper is a Trojan that hides itself in the background. Developers believe that it is downloaded as a part of other “trusted” applications.

Not sure how to keep your smartphone secure? You can check out our blog article here for a list of ways to make sure you are getting applications from trusted sources. To read more about the effects of Xhelper, click here.

Attention Chrome users! Google acknowledged that it found a vulnerability of ‘high-severity’ in the Chrome browser that could be exploited by hackers.

To mitigate the issue, a new update is being released, and should be installed as soon as possible. This is also a good time to make sure that all of your browsers are optimized to be as safe and secure as possible. You can find some helpful tips by clicking here. You can find more information about the update here.

Spyware is truly a nightmare situation for most technology users, but it appears that at least one perpetrator is being brought to justice.

If you need a refresher on what Spyware does, click here. WhatsApp’s parent company, Facebook, is suing the spyware company NSO Group, accusing them of installing a spyware called Pegasus. This Spyware was used specifically to track the communications of celebrities, journalists, and political figures.You can find the full story here

That’s all for this week. Tune back in next Tuesday for more cybersecurity news!