FixMeStick's Weekly Cybersecurity Round-Up: Mar 30th -April 5th

FixMeStick's Weekly Cybersecurity Round-Up: Mar 30th -April 5th

Hello FixMeFans and StartMeStars! It’s time for this week’s edition of the Cybersecurity Round-Up. We've got lots to cover! And remember to stay safe out there.

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Internet Safety Tips

Internet Safety Tips

If you use the internet to do everything from online shopping to keeping in touch with friends, check out these everyday tips for staying safe online.

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How to Speed up a Slow Computer

How to Speed up a Slow Computer

Does your computer take 20 minutes to turn on and even more time to open an email? Check out these tips on how to speed up a slow computer!

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Julian Sanders, London Drugs, FixMeStick

Julian Sanders reviewed the FixMeStick virus removal device on CTV this week and the host referred to him as a nerd. Is Julian a nerd? Is it right to characterize someone who can help you solve a technology problem or recommend a technology product a nerd? Recently, Wired featured an article about the inherent geekiness…

Under the hood of the new FixMeStick

Our latest advancements are 100% under the hood and make the same FixMeStick work on many different types of PCs, with optimization for Windows XP, Vista, 7 , 8 and 8.1. Together it made for a really challenging (and interesting) upgrade, but we’ve got something novel as a result. Please let us know what you think!

Read more to see what we’ve achieved with our upgrade:…

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.