How do you know it’s a phishing scam?

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How do 8.3 million Americans fall victim to identity theft each year?  Emails like this one that arrived in my inbox this weekend.  Three things gave this one away, and hopefully after reading this you’ll be able to spot clues like this in the future.

1.) It’s from paypal@Servce.com.  What’s servce.com?

2.) Paypal knows my name, and uses it in email correspondence.

3.) Look closely.  The link you’re about to click on lives at savethenationsight.org

Ultimately, if you’d like to make sure there’s not a problem with your paypal account, type w-w-w-dot-p-a-y-p-a-l-dot-c-o-m into your browser and log directly into your account.  If there’s a problem, you’ll see it there!

#1 Place to Catch a Virus? Facebook!

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These days everyone is on Facebook, including hackers just waiting to infect your PC.  Facebook is great for catching up with old friends, sharing pictures of kids, vacation, etc , or just reading negative status updates from your “Debbie Downer” friends.

What most people don’t realize is that Facebook is one of the easiest ways to pick up a virus. The most common attack results from clicking on links your friend has shared with you.  Many times your friend hasnt shared a link with you at all, their profile has been hijacked. Once you click on the shared link, guess what?  They just got you too. I recommend not clicking on a link unless you are absolutely sure your friend actually posted it.

Last month a hoax article circulated claiming Lady Gaga had died. When users tried to access the information, the website attempted to install a virus to visitor’s computers. Many security analysts have publicly criticized Facebook’s slow response to these threats, “Facebook needs to work much harder to prevent attacks like this from reoccurring and spreading so rapidly,” said Graham Cluley from Sophos Security after the Lady Gaga incident.

The other way to become infected on Facebook is advertising. Hackers can “hijack” the ads. They looks normal to you, but when you click on the ad, instead of going to the website you wanted, you have just infected your pc with a virus.

Don’t let the threat of a virus keep you from enjoying Facebook, just follow these steps to help keep yourself safe:

  • Be sure a link a friend is sharing with you is legitimate. Don’t be afraid to ask them if they posted it
  • Be careful clicking on ads
  • Keep an updated antivirus program on your computer. While viruses can still find a way through your antivirus protection, not having it at all is just an invitation to infection.

Geek Brigade offers Antivirus solutions and virus repair and removal.  Please don’t hesitate to contact us for assistance.

Amazing stuff our high-tech alarm system can do

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When we opened our Greenwood service center we installed a high tech alarm system.  What sold me was “‘latchkey” alerts.  Every morning at 8:45 AM I get an email if the alarm system was not disarmed!  It’s also considerably cheaper that the other systems we looked at.  Check out some of these other cool features:

Set up alarm notifications that are received via email or over a text pager.
 Sends alerts when children arrive home from school or when employees arrive in the morning, or leave in the evening.
 Sends alerts when a customer’s security system needs maintenance or when a routine test has been performed successfully.
 Sends alerts when certain events DON’T occur, such as a child not disarming the system after arriving home or when the system misses its daily test signal.
 Sends an SMS alert when an interruption in power and Internet service occurs so the customer knows to reset their system.
Lastly, we can access a complete log of signals our system has sent by logging on to the secure web site. Upon further research, I was surprised to learn we can actually re-programming existing alarm systems to have these capabilities!

If you’d like more information about having one of these high-tech alarm systems installed for LESS than the cost of competing products, contact us today!  We only sell products we USE, so rest assured we KNOW this alarm system forwards and backwards.

Geek Brigade is an Indianapolis computer repair company offering I.T. Services for homes and businesses.  Other services available at Geek Brigade’s Indianapolis PC Repair service center: iPhone Screen Replacement,Laptop Screen Repair and Virus Removal.

Geek Brigade proudly serves customers from Whiteland, Greenwood, Bargersville, Trafalgar, Center Grove, Indianapolis, and the following zip codes:  46142, 46143, 46227, 46217, 46237 and many more!

A new way to listen to your music!

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After years of blessing European users with countless hours of free music, Spotify is now in full force in the US. Spotify allows you to combine your personal collection with over 15 million songs from THEIR collection!  There are great social features as well.  Users can share their favorite songs or playlists with their friends on Facebook. Spotify provides your music at your fingertips on all your devices as well. Spotify has been invite-only for about a month, but already boasts 1.75 million users! Don’t fret if you haven’t received an invite yet.  Pony up $5 monthly for their premium version and you’ll bounce to the front of the line!

Visit Spotify

Geek Brigade is an Indianapolis computer repair company offering I.T. Services for homes and businesses.  Other services available at Geek Brigade’s Indianapolis PC Repair service center: iPhone Screen Replacement,Laptop Screen Repair and Virus Removal.

Geek Brigade proudly serves customers from Whiteland, Greenwood, Bargersville, Trafalgar, Center Grove, Indianapolis, and the following zip codes:  46142, 46143, 46227, 46217, 46237 and many more!

How to protect your kids on the internet

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We regularly get inquiries from parents concerned about keeping their kids safe online. Even the most innocent children can find themselves on malicious websites when they mistype a search query or URL. It’s important to filter your child’s internet to keep them, and your computer safe. We recommend a free software suite called K9 Web Protection. K9 Web protection offers many powerful, customizable features.

Here are the categories you can filter:

Additionally, you can restrict all web traffic during the night time, or during any specified period.  You can override a blocked site by entering the password, and view daily reports related to the computers browsing history.

You can download K9 Web Protection here.

Geek Brigade is a Greenwood computer repair company offering custom security audits for homes and businesses.  If you need assistance with the above solution or a more advanced employee monitoring solution, please don’t hesitate to contact us.  K9 is not a substitution for an up-to-date antivirus program, as viruses can be transmitted through emails and legitimate websites.  If your virus solution is not up-to-date, call us today for a solution.

Other services available at Geek Brigade’s Greenwood PC Repair service center: iPhone Screen Replacement, Laptop Screen Repair and Virus Removal.

Geek Brigade proudly serves customers from the following zip codes:  46142, 46143, 46227, 46217, 46237 and many more!

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