Holiday Shopping Security Checklist

Holiday Shopping Security Checklist

Thanksgiving has come and gone which means you’re probably looking for what to offer this Christmas. While you’re coming up with your Amazon wish list take precautions

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This Is The Latest Thing Facebook Has Done Which You’re Probably Not Going To Like

This Is The Latest Thing Facebook Has Done Which You’re Probably Not Going To Like

The British Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport Committee released internal Facebook files from 2012-2015.

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Check Out What Our Team Is Asking For This Holiday Season

Check Out What Our Team Is Asking For This Holiday Season

At our office in Montreal we’ve experienced our first snowfall of the season, we just had our team holiday party, and we can't wait for the holidays!

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FixMeStick is first on Windows 8

Windows 8 PCs contain a new technology called Secure Boot that only boots devices that have been verified by Microsoft.

Removing computer viruses ranges between painfully frustrating and impossible. Twelve months ago we launched the first ever consumer-ready USB device for removing viruses from infected PCs. Today, we launched a free upgrade that makes the FixMeStick the first virus removal device to support Windows 8 PCs.

What makes support for Windows 8 unique?

PC manufacturers must include a technology called Secure Boot on PCs that ship with Windows 8.  Secure Boot uses a public-key infrastructure to verify the integrity of the operating system and prevent unauthorized programs booting on the device.

FixMeStick – One year in market

We’ve now been in market for exactly one year, and we would like to thank our customers and our parters (especially Kaspersky Labs, Sophos, and VIPRE) and share a few of our milestones:

  1. 15K FixMeSticks purchased by customers in 18 countries.

  2. 4/5 stars by PC Magazine, 4.5/5 stars on Amazon.com.

  3. Major retail distribution agreements in Canada and the USA.

The Hacker News : My Parents Need a FixMeStick

The principles underlying the FixMeStick are tried and true, and are no surprise to anyone in Internet security. The engineering challenge is to get the principles to work on a mass scale for non-technical consumers. What we’ve done with the FixMeStick is implemented these principles (separate clean device, multiple scanners, no dependency on untrusted code) on a consumer device that anyone can use.

We tend to get one of two responses from security and IT Pros that learn about the FixMeStick:

1 – I can build that myself for free using an ISO from an anti-virus company.

2 – I love it, a solution I can send to my friends and family that won’t come back on me.

The security guys are The Hacker News are in camp #2: The FixMeStick : My Parents Need This

 

FixMeStick at International Startup Festival

The following is an interview that Corey and Marty, co-founders of the FixMeStick, conducted as part of the International Startup Festival, hosted in Montreal.

How did you guys come up with the FixMeStick?

We’ve spent our careers in Internet endpoint security, and at our last company we saw every day how malware was consistently beating anti-malware and how it leaves people stranded.

So we heeded the call and lit out to build the FixMeStick. The principles underlying the FixMeStick are tried and true, and are no surprise to anyone in Internet security. The engineering challenge was how to get the principles to work on a mass scale for non-technical consumers.

Early in the first year of our startup journey, we became somewhat disenchanted with the FixMeStick, and tabled the concept for several weeks. We were concerned that as an investment we were too far afield of what was popular (mobile, social, cloud) within the startup and venture-capital community.

NO BOOT FOR YOU! Will Windows 8 Kill Live CDs & USBs?

In January 2012, Microsoft confirmed it would require hardware manufacturers to enable Secure Boot on Certified Windows 8 devices, and that x86/64 devices must provide the option to turn it off while ARM based devices must not provide the option to turn it off. Soon after the feature was announced, it caused widespread fear it…

Why We Built the FixMeStick

We’ve spent our careers in Internet endpoint security, and at our last company we saw every day how malware was consistently beating anti-malware and how stranded that leaves people.

So we heeded the call and lit out to build the FixMeStick. The principles underlying the FixMeStick are tried and true, and are no surprise to anyone in Internet security. The engineering challenge would be to get the principles to work on a mass scale for non-technical consumers.