Happy August FixMeFans and StartMeStars! We’re back with another edition of our weekly cybersecurity roundup where we deliver the most recent news in the world of cybersecurity.
This week we look into a warning issued for the much anticipated Windows 11, Chrome being added as a 2FA option for Androids, and an emergency fix for an Apple vulnerability on iPhones and Mac computers.
Even though Microsoft ended support for Windows 7 last year, many users are reluctant to switch to Windows 10 given the consistent bugs and vulnerabilities. So, when Windows 11 became available as a beta version on July 29, people jumped on the opportunity to try the new system. To access the new and improved OS, you need to sign up for the Windows Insider Program. Some users chose a different route, downloading the new software through forums and torrent sites, and found that with their Windows 11 installer, they also receive a payload of malware, Trojans, and Adware. If you want to learn more about downloading Windows 11 safely, click here. If you do find yourself with a virus, don’t panic! For how to remove those pesky viruses and secure your device, click here.
Some good news for Android users! After a recent wave of fake mobile apps infecting Androids, it is reported Google will release a Chrome update to help improve security. Chrome for Android will be added as a security key option for Google Accounts already protected with 2FA (two-factor authentication). This means that when a user tries to sign in to the same Google account on another device, they will get a notification pushed to their Android. Updates such as this help prevent hackers from gaining access to your accounts. You can get the full story here. Not sure exactly what 2FA is or why it’s important? Find out more here.
After a month filled with Microsoft cybersecurity disasters, this week Apple is front and center with a zero-day bug and subsequent fix, released a few days after the most recent security update. “Zero-day bug” means the vulnerability was discovered, and potentially exploited, by hackers before the fix was released. This particular bug is a memory corruption bug, which can allow a malicious program to read a user’s private data. If you’re an Apple user, we strongly recommend you download the patch today! You can also always use StartMeStick on your laptop or desktop for a secure experience, since it doesn’t interact with your MacOS.
That’s all for this week’s Cybersecurity Roundup folks! Let us know how you keep your devices secure in the comments below.