FixMeStick’s Weekly Cybersecurity Round-Up: Jan 13th – 19th

Hey there! Thanks for checking back into our weekly round-up, where we tackle the pressing matters of the cybersecurity world. Lately, we’ve been noticing a lot of concern regarding security vulnerabilities with some popular applications, and even some applications that may be used to spy on your activity.

As many of you are probably aware, Microsoft has recently ended support for Windows 7 users. While many have made the jump to Windows 10, this may not be the end of your troubles. 

The US National Security Agency (NSA) has released a statement concerning a security vulnerability, which hackers can exploit to install malicious software. Through its patch Tuesday initiative, Microsoft has since released an update for the vulnerability – so if you haven’t already, it’s time to update!

You can find out more about the bug here, and even find the necessary links to properly update Windows.

Are you an Internet Explorer user? If so, then you may be at risk of having your computer hacked. 

Though Microsoft has stopped support for Internet Explorer since 2016, there are still many people who continue to use the web browser. However, recently a security vulnerability has been reported which allows hackers to execute arbitrary code on computers and take control over them. The scary thing about this is that there’s no patch available to protect yourself against it. 

Until a patch is released, users have limited options in terms of protecting themselves. Though there are tentative solutions provided in this article, perhaps the best option would be to find a new web browser. Sometimes change is a good thing!

If you have an old computer that is no longer receiving security updates it’s no longer a safe machine to use on the Internet. Consider trying the StartMeStick. The StartMeStick turns any computer (whether it’s infected or not) into a fast, secure, and private one. Check it out here.

If you’re an Apple user and you’re concerned about your internet security and are looking for options to spice up your current setup, then you may be in luck. Apple has recently released a physical security key for logging into your Google account as part of a protection program for two-factor authentication.

While this has option has been available for android users for quite some time, Apple users can now use an advanced, phishing-resistant form of authentication, adding an extra layer of security while signing into their accounts. 

This is truly an essential step for those looking for additional security, as “people who exclusively used security keys to sign into their accounts never fell victim to targeted phishing attacks,” according to Shuvo Chatterjee, Product Manager at Google’s Advanced Protection Program.

You can read more about the features here.

That’s it for this week! We aim to keep you updated on the big news in cybersecurity,  making sure that you’re always equipped with the best knowledge, and best security practices.