FixMeStick's Weekly Cybersecurity Round Up: May 13 - 19

FixMeStick's Weekly Cybersecurity Round Up: May 13 - 19

In the first installment of a new weekly series, we’ve rounded up the most important events in cybersecurity from this past week.

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Should You Change Your Facebook Password? Yes!

Should You Change Your Facebook Password? Yes!

Facebook announced they "found some user passwords were being stored in a readable format". Change your password today!

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Could You Be Chatting With a Bot Online?

Could You Be Chatting With a Bot Online?

In 2019 much of the news we consume comes from online sources. But an analysis shows that 66% of tweeted links come from bots.

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The FixMeTip - Social Engineering Scams

FixMeTip – Social Engineering Scams

What is social engineering?

Instead of sneaking into your system, hackers will use human psychology to trick you into essentially handing over your personal data. In addition to getting users to divulge information they shouldn’t, social engineering guides users to visit malicious websites, download malware onto their computers, and willingly send money. This method of hacking is particularly upsetting as the user is left feeling manipulated and vulnerable, in addition to having their personal information stolen.

The FixMeTip: Startup programs

Have you wondered why your computer starts at a crawl? You might have programs set to begin whenever you start your computer, programs that drastically slow down how quickly your computer starts. You can turn off programs from starting automatically by searching in the start menu for “msconfig,” selecting “Startup,” and then deselecting unwanted programs. Here are step-by-step instructions on how to do this:

Reduce, reuse, recycle your electronics!

FixMeStick is designed to help people save computers they once thought lost and while we regularly resurrect computers some are beyond repair. Hardware problems and Windows wear and tear can prevent even the world’s best virus remover from resolving the issue. Thank goodness for the holidays! The gift giving season and all the year end deals are the perfect opportunity to replace these aging dinosaurs with some new technology. But what to do with those Windows 98 PCs taking up prime real estate in the basement? Here’s some ideas to look into as we look forward to spring cleaning. We’re taking the classic “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” approach.