FixMeStick’s Weekly Cybersecurity Round-Up: Dec 2nd – Dec 8th

Hello FixMeFans and StartMeStars! It’s time for this week’s Cybersecurity Round-Up. This week’s top stories include a fileless trojan, a TikTok lawsuit, updates to Google Chrome settings, and what Apple has in store for the iPhone in 2021. Keep scrolling for more on these top stories!

Do you have an iPhone? Here’s something to look forward to. In 2021, Apple will be dropping the lightning cable. Instead of the expected switch to USB-C ports, new iPhone users will get what Apple calls a “wireless charing experience”. This means no ports at all!

We’ve cautioned our users about malware that can be passed through public charging cables and ports, you can read more about that here. So, what will this switch to wireless mean for the future of cyber security? Stay tuned. But for now, you can read the full story by clicking here.

A backdoor trojan disguised as a cryptocurrency application is targeting Mac users. This “fileless” trojan starts out by installing and then loads itself directly into the memory of the computer. While viruses like these are menacing, you can click here for some steps that can prevent falling victim to attacks like this. For the full article, you can click here.

Google Chrome is rolling out new application settings that allow developers to see settings related to app installation. While Google claims that this change will increase the overall user experience, this change mostly has a big economic advantage for app developers, and can actually decrease the security of users.

If you’re worried about keeping your information secure and private, but like using Google Chrome, we suggest checking out the StartMeStick – our new product – a private computing device. You can read more about StartMeStick by clicking here. If you would like more details on the new Google Chrome settings, click here.  

Parents are filing a class action suit against TikTok, a social media platform principally used by young teenagers, over the exposure of children’s information. This comes after parents discovered TikTok was collecting information about users’ ages, birthdays, and even their geolocations.

This data was automatically posted publicly making children incredibly vulnerable to online predators. This is part of an ongoing conversation about keeping children safe on the internet. You can click here for some ideas to start a discussion with your kids on cybersecurity and online safety. To read more about the lawsuit, click here.

That’s all for this week folks. Tune in next week for the last Cybersecurity Round-Up of 2019!