FixMeStick’s Weekly Cybersecurity Round-Up: Jan 27th – Feb 2nd

It’s been quite eventful the past week – with both Groundhog Day and the Super Bowl happening, I’m sure everyone’s had their fair share of excitement. For anyone up north, no need to worry, spring is coming early this year; for any fans of the San Francisco 49ers, better luck next time!

This week in cyber security, we’ve got more news about Facebook’s privacy issues, Avast security problems, and even how some data security managed to make its way into the Super Bowl!

This will come as interesting news for any horror fans, as author Stephen King has recently decided to delete his Facebook account. For those of you that are up-to-date with Facebook’s scandals over the years, this should come as no surprise.

Facebook has been subjected to several data breaches over the years, leaking personal information to several different corporations. In a post on Twitter, King expressed his concern regarding Facebook’s misinformation and inability to protect user information.

The number of Facebook users is actively declining, with more and more people opting to leave the social network, or simply not engage with it at all. 

You can read more about Stephen King’s departure here, and also find out why Facebook has such a bad rep to begin with.

After news broke about Avast’s antivirus system reportedly harvesting browsing data and selling it to advertisers, the company has since shut down the subsidiary that allowed them to do so. The company seems to have a profit by selling user data to outside corporations, but once the news became public, they quickly opted to close down the operation out of respect for their users.

Jumpshot, the name of the subsidiary which harvested the information, would record which websites people visited, including porn sites and what specific videos they watched. Though Avast claims the information was anonymous, anyone viewing the information would still be able to figure out who the individual was by combining different pieces of information.

You can find out more about the issue here.

If you were watching the Super Bowl, you may have noticed an advertisement for a password manager known as Dashlane. This is a big step in data security history, as this is the first time a password manager has had an ad during the Super Bowl – pretty exciting news.

Estimates indicate that the advertisement cost roughly 5.6 million dollars to host, though Dashlane managed to cover the cost due to a recent rise in investments. 

A password manager is a fairly useful tool that effectively manages all your passwords within a single application. You simply need one password to login into the application, and the rest of your passwords are there and ready to use. This is incredibly useful in our current day and age, as passwords are a huge part of our browsing experience, and with all the issues we’ve been having regarding data security, it’s always good to have all your bases covered.

You can read more about Dashlane here, and if you’re interested in trying it, we actually offer a discount for FixMeStick users! Simply click here for a great deal!

That’s it for this week! We’re keeping a solid pace in 2020, and we’ll keep you updated with any relevant news we find.