FixMeStick’s Weekly Cybersecurity Round-Up: Nov 18th – 24th

Hello FixMeFans and StartMeStars! It’s time for this week’s Cybersecurity Round-Up. This week Disney Plus made the news, along with Android phones. We also saw Windows 10 released more information about a security update, and customers are warned about the prominence of fake retail websites. Keep scrolling for the full stories!

Some users of the new streaming service, Disney+, got an unpleasant surprise after being blocked from their accounts due to hacking attempts.

The user information of Disney+ customers was found online, being sold for millions of dollars. Disney+ maintains there wasn’t a security breach, but rather that hackers exploited pre-existing weaknesses in the passwords of their users. This is why we suggest using strong, unique passwords on all your accounts. Need help? Dashlane is a password manager that makes this easier. Learn more about by clicking here. To read Disney’s response and how this ties into a larger discussion on the security of streaming services, click here.

A vulnerability was discovered in Android phones that would have allowed any apps with SD card permissions to access and manipulate the phone’s settings. This includes taking photos, videos, and recording conversations without the user’s knowledge. To read more about this vulnerability, and how it was fixed, click here.

A few weeks ago, Microsoft announced that there were major security updates to Windows 10 underway, you can catch up on the proposed changes here. The most recent announcement is the change from HTTPs to DNS servers in Windows 10, meaning that all transmitted data will now be encrypted. This new security measure is just one in a series of recent decisions by the cyber-community to increase user privacy. You can read more about the details of this update here.

Did you know that there are more fake retail websites than real ones? As the holidays approach, it is especially important to stay diligent with cybersecurity online. You can click here to read tips by the FixMeStick team on how to stay cyber-safe while shopping. To see the statistics on the prominence of these retail scams, and information on the most common mistakes by consumers, click here.

That’s all for this week folks! See you back here next Tuesday for another Cybersecurity Round-Up.