FixMeStick’s Weekly Cybersecurity Roundup: October 6th – October 12th

Hey there, FixMeFans and StartMeStars! We hope everyone is doing well and staying safe – for our Canadian friends, we hope you had a nice Thanksgiving! We’re back with another edition of our weekly roundup where we deliver the most recent comings and goings of the cybersecurity world.

This week we’re coming to you with news about how the new Windows Update is vulnerable to malicious programs, and how scammers are ramping up attacks leading up to Amazon’s Prime Day.

Windows updates are always a bit of a hassle – though it’s usually necessary for keeping your security up to date, it can often come with its own set of issues. With that being said, it seems the Windows Update application itself is actually at risk of being exploited.

According to recent reports, the Windows Update client has been added to the list of living-off-the-land binaries (LoLBins) that hackers can use to execute malicious programs on Windows systems.

LoLBins are trusted Microsoft programs that can actively be exploited in order to spread malware onto Windows computers – LolBins effectively make use of the programs around them to achieve their goal.

Though Microsoft is currently looking into the situation, it’s important for users to monitor their computer for any suspicious activity, as hackers that exploit LolBins often go undetected. This includes running regular FixMeStick scans to look for any viruses.

Curious? You can read up on the situation here! We also recommend brushing up on your internet safety with our guide here, or even looking into our favourite antivirus program, McAfee Total Protection.

With Amazon’s Prime Day currently in full swing, it means scammers are also taking advantage of the deals in their own way. With a massive spike in fraudulent sites and emails popping up recently, it’s important to stay on your toes during this Prime season.

According to anti-fraud experts at Bolster.ai, the months leading up to Prime Day have seen a huge increase in Amazon-related scams, ranging from “free” iPhone giveaways to phony (but realistic) Amazon websites, luring victims into providing their credit information.

At FixMeStick, we care about your cybersecurity and understand that staying on top of scams is easier said than done. Check out our guide to safe online shopping – it might save you a world of trouble this Prime Day! Plus we have some Prime Day deals too – check them out here!

That’s all for this week’s roundup folks! We hope you’re staying safe with all that’s going on, especially when it comes to your cybersecurity!

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