FixMeStick’s Weekly Cybersecurity Round-Up: Nov 4th – 10th

It’s time for this week’s Cybersecurity Round-Up. Scammers have started to step up their game: we saw a deceptively legitimate looking phishing scam on Facebook, and phone calls using Caller ID to pose as government agencies. Apple also released a new iOS update with an increased focus on security and privacy, and a WordPress malware from 2017 has resurfaced. Keep scrolling for more on this week’s cyber news.

With the release of iOS 13, Apple takes new steps to increase the security and privacy of its users. This is a direct jab at Facebook and Google, who have had a series of privacy breaches over the past year. You can read more about one of the largest Facebook breach here and the Google breach here. To read more about Apple’s changes and what it may mean for the future of cybersecurity, click here.

Fraudulent phone calls are on the rise, and many of these scammers have found pretty effective ways of impersonating government agencies through caller ID. Check out these tips for what to do if you receive one of these calls. For a full list of the government agencies being impersonated, and what these scam calls sound like, click here.

A previously vanquished malware has resurfaced, affecting the WordPress community. However, unlike last time, this malware is only present on pirated versions of the WordPress themes and plug-ins. This is why we always advise purchasing the legitimate version of any software or service.

Not sure how to make sure it is legitimate? Click here for our tips on downloading online programs. The same safety steps can be applied to plugins. You can find the full story on the resurfaced malware, here.

We’ve all gotten smarter about how to spot a scam, but scammers have also become sneakier. A new Facebook scam entices users with a well crafted, legitimate looking advertisement, and a recognizable celebrity. However, as with all scams, eventually tries to have you input your credit card information.

As the holiday season approaches, you will likely see more of these scams, check out our ‘Internet Safety Tips’ here for advice on how to spot a fraudulent ad, and stay cybersafe during the holidays. You can read the full story on this new phishing technique here.

That’s all for this week’s Cybersecurity Round-Up! Thanks for checking in with us, and we’ll see you back here next Tuesday.