Internet Safety 101

This is part I in a series of blog posts we have written about Internet Safety. You can check out the other articles in the series below.

Part II: You Graduated to Internet Safety 202

Part III: Internet Safety 303: More Internet Safety Tips

Online privacy and security is always in the news these days. As the world becomes more connected and everyone has a Facebook profile, your private information can be a single click away from falling into the wrong hands.

In this blog, we’ve compiled five internet safety tips for you. If you use Facebook a lot, shop online, read online news, or pretty much anything online, we have you covered!

Tip 1. Make Purchases From Secure Websites

Before you enter your credit card information on any websites, be sure to look for the letters “https” at the front of the website’s URL link.

Image of the "HTTPS" website URL.
Make sure you visit websites with “HTTPS” in the URL.

For example, when purchasing a FixMeStick, you should be on https://app.fixmestick.com/store/. The ‘HTTPS’ designation indicates the data sent between your browser and the website is encrypted which prevents hackers from being able to read it, especially your credit card information.

Tip 2. Beware of Online Scams

We’ve written extensively about online scams before. In fact, we’ve even made a quiz about online scams so you can find out how likely you are to fall for an online phishing scam.

Remember those phone calls you’d receive from people who claim they are from the IRS or if you are in Canada the CRA and demand you pay an outstanding fee? Online scams work in a similar way with most scammers pretending to be large companies like Microsoft or McAfee.

Believe it or not, here at FixMeStick we’ve even had scammers pretending to be our customer support line. To protect yourself, make sure the website you are visiting and the email address you are communicating with is legitimate. In our case, that is support.FixMeStick.com and support@fixmestick.com.

Image of the FixMeStick Customer Support Website.
The FixMeStick Support Site

Tip 3. Update Your Antivirus Program

Antivirus programs, like McAfee, protect your computer from malicious software like viruses, trojans, spyware, and other malware. Since millions of viruses are released each day, virus databases are constantly being updated to include the latest known threats. When you update your antivirus, you’ll be protected from these. However, viruses are designed to sneak past your antivirus.

Today’s viruses sabotage the computers they infect, like a burglar who gets into your house and deactivates your security alarms. This makes it difficult to clean an infected computer with software programs, that’s why you also need the FixMeStick.

Image of the FixMeStick Gold plugged into a computer, an essential for Internet Safety

The FixMeStick can remove these viruses because it’s a plug-in USB device that scans your computer before it boots and before the infections are running.

Tip 4. Change Your Facebook Settings

You wouldn’t give out your personal information to a stranger on the street, so why would you give your information to a stranger online? Facebook used to be a place to share personal pictures and updates for your close family and friends. But these days, you never know how the data you post online can be shared with third parties, and result in identity theft.

Image of a cell phone with the Facebook app open.

You can control who can see and use your Facebook information by changing the Privacy Settings in your account. To start, go to your General Account Settings and click on ‘Privacy’. Once here, you can choose who to share your posts and other information with. Things like your birth date should be kept private as it can be used for identity theft.

Another important setting to check for is your App settings. Do you have a Facebook app that you no longer use? Delete it right away as it can be recording your Facebook account information in the background.

Tip 5. Remember that Everything You Share Is Permanent

Remember that everything you post on the internet can come back to haunt you, as numerous politicians and celebrities have found out. Once a comment or image becomes public, anyone can make copies of it and repost them without your knowledge or consent.

Even if you are not famous, keep in mind that 70% of employers Google a candidate’s name online before making their hiring decisions, so think twice about what you post!


That covers Internet Safety 101! Think you’ve got the gist of it? Take our quiz here to see how you fare, or continue on to Internet Safety 202.

3 comments

  1. Jerry Archambault - Reply

    I reset my password from your link and it shows I never completed the scan from Jan 6 2021. But I have an even bigger problem…. the fixme stick went through a wash cycle in my trousers and I am having trouble scanning the computer.Help

    • Jonathan - Reply

      Hi Jerry,

      Oh no! That’s definitely not a good situation. If you need to inquire about us sending a replacement, you can shoot us an email at support@fixmestick.com.

      Look forward to hearing from you!

  2. Beauty Fashion - Reply

    Thanks for the sensible critique. Me and my neighbor were just preparing to do some research on this. We got a grab a book from our local library but I think I learned more clear from this post. I’m very glad to see such wonderful information being shared freely out there.

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