FixMeStick’s Weekly Cybersecurity Roundup: May 4th - May 11th

FixMeStick’s Weekly Cybersecurity Roundup: May 4th - May 11th

Hello FixMeFans and StartMeStars! It’s time for this week’s edition of the Cybersecurity Roundup. We've got lots to cover!

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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 Breathe a New Life into Your Old Computer

How to Breathe a New Life into Your Old Computer

Do you have an old computer that you no longer use? Does it have the blue screen or it's just frustratingly slow and you’re tired of seeing the spinner?

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5 Shocking Facts About E-Waste! Can You Handle It?

In celebration of Earth Day this year, we want to share some shocking facts about electronic waste. Hopefully, this will shed some light on the impact of your electronic purchases and inspire you to reduce spending on unnecessary devices.

Need a ‘fun’ break? Try our Earth Day quiz here to see how much you know about e-waste! Otherwise, continue reading below for some facts and tips on how you can reduce your e-waste footprint.

How To Fix A Slow Computer 202

If you’ve gone through the first part of our Slow Computer Guide, you can be pretty confident that your computer is virus free. But what can you do if your computer is still slow? In the second part of our Slow Computer Series, we’ll show you more slow computer fixes for if you’re dealing with a cluttered computer.

To read the other parts of our slow computer series, click the links below!

Slow Computer 101 – Speeding up a Virus-Clogged Computer
Slow Computer 303 – Operating System Slowing You Down?

Is your computer slow to start up, or has a slower performance in general? It might be caused by an excessive number of computer files and programs! Here are some ways you can cut out the digital clutter to speed up your slow computer.

How To Fix A Slow Computer 101

One of the most common questions people have asked us over the years is how to speed up a slow computer. After all, having a computer that’s slow when it starts up or when you want to run a program is super frustrating.

Today, we are introducing the first of our 3-part series on slow computer fixes. In this first segment, we’ll focus on what to do if your computer is slow due to viruses. You can check out the rest of the blogs in this series below:

Slow Computer 202Speeding up a Cluttered Computer
Slow Computer 303Operating System Slowing You Down?

How to Fix a Slow Computer 303

Is your computer still not as fast as you’d like after trying the solutions in our previous articles? If you haven’t read them then you can read them in the links below:

Slow Computer 101 – Speed up a slow, virus-clogged computer
Slow Computer 202 – Remove clutter to speed up your PC

This is the final part of our Slow Computer series that might just save you a trip to the computer store or technician.

In this article, we have an easy-to-use solution, that can make any computer fast, secure, and private and bring an old computer back from the dead.

Simply plug in the StartMeSticka secure and private operating system on a USB stick, and do anything you want online. Pull it out and your computer goes back to the way it was. The StartMeStick is like brand new every time you use it.

Internet Safety 303: More Internet Safety Tips

This is part III in a series of blog posts we have written about Internet Safety. Let us know in the comments if you like these articles. Plus if you haven’t read the other articles, you can check them out below.

Part I: Internet Safety 101

Part II: You Graduated to Internet Safety 202

If you’ve successfully gone through Internet Safety 101 and 202, here’s Internet Safety 303 – covering everything else you need to know about staying secure online.

You Graduated to Internet Safety 202

This is part II in a series of blog posts we have written about Internet Safety. Let us know in the comments if you like these articles. Plus if you haven’t read the other articles, you can check them out below.

Part I: Internet Safety 101

Part III: Internet Safety 303: More Internet Safety Tips

In our previous internet safety article we gave you some tips to polish up your Internet safety skills. We also asked what you do to stay safe online and received a host of helpful comments. We’ve summarized your best tips below in what we’re calling “Internet Safety 202.”

I Have Windows 7, am I in Trouble?

In the past, a reader asked, “…once Microsoft is not doing Windows updates how safe is my computer going to be? Yes, I still have Windows 7.” Since many of our customers are in the same situation, we want to address the question – Is Windows 7 still a safe choice?

How to Choose Between Free and Paid Antivirus Software

The FixMeStick is the world’s best-selling virus removal device. But does that mean you no longer need antivirus software? The answer is no.

The FixMeStick works in partnership with antivirus. Think of antivirus as your everyday protection, like brushing your teeth, to make sure that most viruses stay out. However, inevitably threats get through and that’s why you need the FixMeStick! The FixMeStick is like going to the dentist once a year for a deep clean.

So we’ve determined that you need the FixMeStick and an antivirus program. But now the question is, should I pay for an antivirus software? In this article, we break down some of the differences between free and paid antivirus software so you can make a decision on which is best for you.

10 Things You Can Do with Your New StartMeStick!

The StartMeStick is a great tool to bring your computer back from the dead so you can keep your old computer, save money, and reduce waste with this fast, private, and secure operating system on a stick. Now that you have your own StartMeStick you might be wondering what you can do with it – look no further! Here are 10 things you can do with your new StartMeStick.

Is the StartMeStick Right for You?

Whether you’re looking to replace your old, slow computer, or save money by breathing a new life into your computer, the StartMeStick, a fast, private, and secure operating system on a stick, is a great solution. You can keep your computer, save money, and reduce waste with the StartMeStick! We’re here to answer all of your questions so you understand what the StartMeStick does, and whether it’s right for you.

Amazon Prime Day 2020: What You Need to Know

Amazon’s Prime Day starts on October 13 this year! Last year 100 million products were sold in 36 hours – which is no surprise as many people treat it like a Black Friday in the summer. This year is a little different, in that they’ve pushed the event to October! However, with the growing popularity…

Tips for Keeping Your Work Life Separate From Your Personal Life Online

Living in the age of the Internet means many of us have the privilege of working from home. And until the current global pandemic is over, it means a lot of us are working from home.

Here at FixMeStick we have the luxury of running our operations from the comfort of our own homes since March. We understand that it can be difficult to separate your digital work life from your online private life. Keep reading for tips to keep them separate!

QUIZ! How Secure Are You Online?

Recently we’ve seen some major hacks, like the attack on the CRA (Canada Revenue Agency) where 11,200 accounts were compromised. We also know that ‘opportunistic cybercriminals are targeting employees working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic’, according to McAfee.

With everything going on, how secure are your online accounts in the face of hackers? Take our cybersecurity checkup quiz today to find out!

Remote Learning and Laptop Shortages

Laptop Shortages due to COVID-19

With September around the corner, many students are making preparations to start a new academic year. In these times of COVID-19, the back-to-school season will look very different for many.

For one, with so many schools embracing remote or distance learning, technology such as laptops have been in high demand. As a result, many retail stores and computer sellers are facing a shortage of laptops.

5 Tips To Teach Your Kids Before Sending Them Into The Digital World

Raising children in the digital age can definitely be an interesting experience. With the internet at their fingertips,  new and enriching opportunities are sprouting up each day – but these changes often come with their own set of problems as well.

As scams and malware become increasingly prevalent, one of the most vital lessons you can provide your kids is the importance of cybersecurity. What may seem like no-brainers might actually save you and your children a world of trouble down the line.

Make sure your child is informed and protected by teaching them these top cyber-safety tips.

How to Breathe New Life into an Old Computer with the StartMeStick

Do you have an old computer at home that you’re no longer using? It might have a blue error screen (called the blue screen of death) and not start up anymore? Or it might be frustratingly slow and you’re simply tired of seeing the spinner every time you click something. Maybe you stopped receiving security updates so it’s no longer safe to use on the Internet.

Taking your computer into a repair shop is not only inconvenient, but it can also cost more than $100 just for them to tell you there is nothing they can do. Buying a new computer can also be hard on your budget, as well as wasteful.

What if we told you that you could revive your old computers easily with just one little USB key and a few simple steps?

Backing Up Your Personal Files, Just In Case

When it comes to using computers, the most frustrating thing is encountering an unexpected error and suddenly losing access to all your stored information – photos, applications, documents, all lost because of a single malfunction.

Should you back up your computer? For individuals who rely on the computer for storing any sort of valuable files, a malfunctioning computer can feel like the end of the world. Keep reading to learn how to avoid this.

What You Can Do To Be More Environmentally Friendly

Environmental sustainability is a hot topic in many ways currently – and in celebration of Earth Hour, we’d like to provide some tips to make sure you know all the ins and outs of being tech-conscious AND environmentally friendly. Whether it be trying to reduce your carbon emissions by driving an eco friendly car, or simply going out of your way to compost or recycle, being environmentally friendly is an important part in keeping our planet healthy and clean!

Think You’re Protected with Chrome’s Incognito? Think Again!

If you’re a Google Chrome user, you might know that this web browser offers an incognito mode. When you browse online using Chrome incognito, it’s supposed to give you more privacy so your online identity can be concealed. This is similar to InPrivate in Microsoft Edge or a Private tab in Safari. Keep reading to learn more!

How to Protect Yourself From Online Dating Scams

It’s Valentine’s Day, meaning it’s a great opportunity to gift that special someone the present of cyber security, which is truly the gift that keeps on giving. Although I’m sure many people are savvy with the ins and outs of protecting yourself from cyber scams and hackers, you may not be as familiar when it comes to scammers in the word of romance.

Behind The Scenes At FixMeStick HQ

Welcome to the FixMeStick HQ! Have you ever wondered exactly what goes into making the FixMeStick or the StartMeStick? These tiny USBs are jam packed with technology and have a great team supporting them – all out of our office here in Montreal, Canada (with the proper sanitary guidelines in place, of course).

Here’s a sneak peek at the behind-the-scenes process that bring you our award-winning devices!

Your Ultimate Guide to Virtual Private Networks

Did you know that in 2020, Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) were being used by at least 26% of ALL internet users?

The current global VPN market has an estimated worth of almost $20.1 billion. Have you heard of a VPN, but not really sure what it is? With the information and tips below, decide whether a VPN is essential to your cybersecurity!

Using Windows 10? Microsoft Urging Individuals to Update After Security Vulnerability Found

Now that Microsoft has ended support for Windows 7, many people have made the decision to move onto Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows 10. However, Windows users are not fully in the clear just yet – The US National Security Agency (NSA) has recently discovered a critical bug in the operating system, to which Microsoft has since released a patch to fix.

These Logins Were Offered on the Dark Web

21 million logins for Top 500 firms were found on the Dark Web – a part of the internet that cannot be located via conventional search engines like Google and is often used as a marketplace for criminal activity.

If one of your online accounts have been hacked recently, then it’s possible that your account login and password may have been obtained by hackers via the dark web.

Keep reading to learn how this happened, and how to prevent it from happening to you.

This Windows Vulnerability Could Put Your at Risk

Remember when we told you it’s crucial you update your software? Recently, Microsoft started urging people to patch their Windows system following reports of attacks based on their BlueKeep vulnerability.

Bluekeep, which is the code-name for the security flaw CVE-2019-0708, was first revealed in May 2019, and there have since been numerous reports of this flaw being exploited. So go update your operating system now.

Windows 10 Tips to Make Your Life Easier

Ever since Microsoft announced the end-of-support for Windows 7, numerous organizations and regular Windows 7 users have been updating their system to Windows 10. Remember, even if you have Windows 7 FixMeStick will still be compatible, but Microsoft will no longer release security updates for Windows 7 so you’ll want to use your FixMeStick regularly. Learn more about the change here. Keep reading for our best Windows 10 tips!

6 Signs You May Be Speaking With a Tech Support Scam

Recently, the cybersecurity world was shocked by the exposure of a tech support scam that allegedly conned elderly folks out of over $1.3 million dollars.

The 3 hackers, who were charged with running the scam, targeted older populations by using threatening pop-ups and pretending to be the technical support staff at large computer companies. Believe it or not, these types of scams have cheated senior citizens out of approximately $2.9 billion annually!

Keep reading to learn how to tell if you’re speaking with FixMeStick or a tech support scam.

How to Speed Up Your Slow Tablet So It’s Running like New

Have you ever asked yourself “Why is my tablet so slow?”. Here at FixMeStick, we understand that having a slow computer or a slow tablet can really be a drag. Simple tasks such as switching between apps or swiping through photos become frustrating and much less enjoyable. Why is my tablet running slowly? It’s true that malware can get onto…

How Can Everyone Ensure Online Safety?

It’s week 3 of Cyber Security Awareness Month, and we’re looking at how it’s everyone’s job to ensure online safety! New threats are being identified every four seconds – and they’re more sophisticated, frequent, and severe. Ransomware in particular is up 42% in 2018, according to McAfee. Keep reading to learn how to be #CyberAware when it comes to ransomware.…

What You Should Know About the Colonial Pipeline Ransomware Attack

Hey FixMeFans! We’ve got some breaking news for you. A group of cybercriminals is behind the ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline; the largest pipeline in the United States responsible for transporting hundreds of millions of gallons of fuel from Texas to the Northeast every single day.

Keep on reading to learn the who, what, and why of the Colonial Pipeline cyber attack.

Special Q&A With the FixMeStick Founders

It’s been 10 years since we launched the FixMeStick, and a lot has happened since then! From our two appearances on Dragons’ Den and launching our new product, the StartMeStick, we truly have a lot to be thankful for.

We’d like to take some time to not only thank our customers for showing their support after all these years but also our founders, Corey Velan and Marty Algire. They have made it their goal to help protect the computers of the world! And what better way to celebrate FixMeStick’s 10-year anniversary, than by picking the brains of the FixMeStick head honchos with a Q&A!

How to Create a Strong Password You’ll Actually Remember

Picking a strong password can be a tricky business, especially if you’re aiming to create one that’s strong and easy to remember. The worry between “not secure enough” and “much too complicated” looms over us all.

But choosing a strong password doesn’t always have to be a stressful situation. There are tons of useful tricks you can use to ensure that your password is both secure and easy to remember.

Here are some tips to help you create more secure and more memorable passwords!

Change Your Password Right Now If You’re Not Using These Tips

In celebration of World Password Day, we want to provide you with an arsenal of knowledge to ensure you have the strongest passwords possible.

But how can you be sure that the passwords you’re choosing are really strong enough?
Take these for example:  Zdhkqjbu83, lw;62v74y, 74Xmbgdapw. Are you really secure with these passwords? 

Keep on reading to see if you’re taking all the necessary precautions.

How Much Do You Know About Covid-19 Cybersecurity Threats?

With Covid-19 continuing to affect the world around us, many of us are increasingly concerned about our safety, both physically and digitally (and rightfully so!). 2020 reimagined our digital landscape, with more than half of the world’s population being advised to stay home. People are staying away from offices and schools and are opting for…