Vulnerability Discovered in Adobe Flash. Update Now.

Comments Off on Vulnerability Discovered in Adobe Flash. Update Now. Written on July 8th, 2015 by
Categories: Business, Computers and Electronics, Security, Small Business

A new major vulnerability in Adobe Flash has been made public, and is rapidly spreading online.  Adobe responded quickly today with an update to Flash.

If you are one of our Advantage Program clients we have already removed the old version of Flash on your flash_zero_day-680x400computer and installed the new secure version. If you are not on a plan with us, or are not sure, we recommend you visit this web page to Update Flash.

This security flaw in Flash allows a malicious web site to perform any type of task on computers that visit such a site. It could be used to install viruses, copy personal information, retrieve stored passwords, etc.  Here’s some more info on the vulnerability, Adobe-flash-exploit-that-was-leaked-by-hacking-team-goes-wild-patch-now.

Introducing our Modern Office Productivity Suite

Comments Off on Introducing our Modern Office Productivity Suite Written on June 19th, 2014 by
Categories: Business, Email, Microsoft, Microsoft Outlook, Small Business, Spam Management

office-365Our mission here at Geeks on Wheels is to help our clients achieve greater success through the effective use of new technology.  One of the most best ways we do achieve our mission is by delivering our Modern Office Productivity Suite.

Powered by Microsoft Office 365, redundantly hosted in Microsoft’s data centers, and extended with our proprietary tuning and spam reduction techniques, our Modern Office Productivity Suite will boost your organizations productivity, communication, and teamwork, while at the same time reducing distracting spam and email-borne viruses.  Some of the features it includes are:

  • Hosted Exchange: Cloud-based email with calendar sharing and synchronization
  • Office 365: Online and desktop versions of Microsoft Office applications
  • Lync: Real time group messaging and availability
  • SharePoint 2013: Team collaboration and sharing web site
  • Custom Spam Filtering: Our custom spam filter rules and actively tuned spam filtering service
  • Mobile Device Management: Improved mobile device security, including the ability to remotely erase data from lost or stolen mobile devices

We also offer email archiving to provide a centralized and searchable repository of all company communications.

For more information about how we can help your team work together more efficiently please give us a ring at 914-562-1800.

Beware Ransomware Viruses

Comments Off on Beware Ransomware Viruses Written on June 13th, 2014 by
Categories: Business, Computers and Electronics, Security

Ransomware-Malware-300x2832What It Is

As its name implies, ransomware is a type of malware or virus that denies you access to your machine, essentially holding your data hostage until you complete a survey or pay a fee in order to unlock and use your device. Traditionally posing a threat to PCs exclusively, ransomware has recently been detected in iPhones, iPads, and Mac computers as well as in Android mobile devices.

Its Attack Style

There are several ways through which ransomware can attack your gadget. One way is via attachments to emails. Another is through exploiting security flaws in an installed application or in your device’s operating system. The aforementioned CryptoWall virus’ preferred avenue of incursion is through fake update notices for applications like Adobe Reader and Java. Even advertisements on major websites could be harboring ransomware. Whereas no gadget is immune, PCs running Windows XP are especially vulnerable to ransomware, as Microsoft ended support for XP in April.

When it comes to ransomware, infection is only the tip of the iceberg. Ransomware uses sophisticated techniques to extort users into paying money. One strain of ransomware assumes the identity of the FBI or your local police department and demands that you pay a fine through legitimate money transfer service like Green Dot MoneyPak or anonymous services such as BitCoin, to avoid prosecution for a bogus Internet law infraction and regain access to your device. Victims of a ransomware outbreak in Australia report their iPhone’s “Find My iPhone” feature’s alarm wailing as a message demanding a money transfer via PayPal appeared on the screen.

How to Fight Back

If ransomware is holding your data captive, do not call Liam Neeson to rescue it and definitely do not cave to its requests! Contact Geeks on Wheels.  914-562-1800.

 

Microsoft Ending Support for Windows XP April 8th

Comments Off on Microsoft Ending Support for Windows XP April 8th Written on February 26th, 2014 by
Categories: Business, Computers and Electronics, Microsoft, Microsoft Outlook, Security, Small Business

Windows XP End of SupportMicrosoft ended support for Windows XP on April 8th. If you have an older computer it is time to move on to newer and better technologies.

After April 8th, Microsoft will no longer publish any security updates for the 12 year old operating system, and they will no longer support the development of software from third parties.  There will be little to no new software developed by any manufacturer for Windows XP, and computers with this OS will become increasingly vulnerable to security risks, viruses, and hacker exploits.

On the positive side, upgrading to the latest versions of Windows and Office provide a productivity boost. As always, we are here to help you with the transition.  We are actively and efficently rolling out zippy new computers to our clients.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/enterprise/endofsupport.aspx

 

How To Dispose of Old Electronics

Comments Off on How To Dispose of Old Electronics Written on December 28th, 2013 by
Categories: Computers and Electronics, Holiday Shopping, Tips and Tricks

Recycling Electronics

When disposing of your formerly loved computers, tablets, phones, and other electronics there are two key factors to keep in mind: your data and the environment.

 

Protecting the Environment:

Electronics contain toxic pollutants, including mercury and lead. Please do not dispose of your old iPad, phone, or any other electronics into your garbage. Doing so is harmful to the environment and is illegal.

Geeks on Wheels is now offering eWaste recycling at no charge.

We are accepting retired computers, laptops, tablets, and mobile phones for environmentally friendly recycling. Simply bring your old electronics to our office at 47 Halstead Ave, Harrison, NY.
Additionally, many municipalities in Westchester offer eWaste recycling by appointment or drop off at a local waste facility.

 

Protecting Your Data:

Whenever you dispose of electronics it is highly recommended to remove any sensitive data the device may contain. The process to do this varies based on what the device is.

Remove your data from your iphone before recyling

Erasing iPhones and iPads

This is a fairly simple process. Head to Settings, then General, press Reset, and finally select Erase All Content and Settings.

Deleting Data from Android

For most Android devices, go to Settings, Backup & Reset, and select Reset Phone.
 

Erasing Computer Hard Drives

Securely deleting the data from a desktop or laptop computer is a bit more complicated and does take some time. The correct way to do it is using software the overwrites everything on the hard drive multiple times. This ensures that the data is not recoverable.

Our technicians are available to securely erase any hard drive for you.

We use specially designed software that performs a random multi-pass overwrite of your data to ensure that nobody can read your sensitive data. We perform this service as a discounted rate. Please give us a quick ring to let us know you are going to bring the computer in, 914-562-1800.

 

 

Tablets We Love

Comments Off on Tablets We Love Written on November 29th, 2013 by
Categories: Business, Computers and Electronics, Holiday Shopping, Microsoft, Small Business, Tablets

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When it comes to portable tablet computing, we find that the best platform is Windows 8.
Unlike an Apple tablet, many Windows tablets include a fully featured Windows 8 operating system. This means you not only have access to apps, but it is also a full computer that can run anything from Microsoft Outlook and Word to any USB printer or external hard drive.

Here’s a video that shows the quick difference:

Here’s a video review of our favorite Tablet, the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2:

If you are interesting in finding out more or would like to purchase the above tablet please give us a ring at 914-562-1800.

Lenovo Impresses Us Again

Comments Off on Lenovo Impresses Us Again Written on September 3rd, 2013 by
Categories: Business, Computers and Electronics, Small Business

We frequently recommend Lenovo computers. Often, though, we find that many of our customers are unfamiliar with the Lenovo brand. Where did this company come from?

Lenovo is the company that took over the personal computing division of IBM, headquartered in Armonk. Lenovo continues to impress us not only with their ability to continue IBM’s legacy of high quality computing equipment, but also with their exceptional business practices.

Lenovo is a Chinese corporation, but they do manufacture here in the United States. And their CEO recently made headlines with his second year of generosity towards his workers, both Chinese and American.

This report about Lenovo’s business practices was recently broadcast on ABC’s World News.



 

Could Services Compared: Dropbox vs Box.com

Comments Off on Could Services Compared: Dropbox vs Box.com Written on July 28th, 2013 by
Categories: Business, Cloud

Dropbox vs Box Cloud Sharing

In recent years DropBox has been gaining popularity as the first choice for those trying out cloud-based file storage and sharing.  Dropbox is beginning to overshadow competing products, many of which have not only been in the game for more years but also offer more features and control.  One we particularly like is Box.com.  SmallNetBuilder.com recently published an article that explains why many seasoned IT Pro’s recommend Box.com over DropBox.  We recommend checking this out.

 

 

 

What is Cloud Computing (by Google)

Comments Off on What is Cloud Computing (by Google) Written on September 27th, 2012 by
Categories: Business, Google Apps, Small Business

This video is a great introductory explanation of what “cloud computing” means.

 

6.4 Million LinkedIn Users’ Passwords Stolen and Published to Internet

Comments Off on 6.4 Million LinkedIn Users’ Passwords Stolen and Published to Internet Written on June 8th, 2012 by
Categories: Email, Security

LinkedIn Passwords StollenIf you use LinkedIn, it is time to change your password.  A security flaw in their system allowed hackers to steal millions of users email addresses and passwords.  The hackers then posted the stolen info to the Internet.

Did you use this same password for other web sites?  Is this the password for your Gmail account?  If you use the same password on other web sites, you should change those as well as soon as possible.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/linkedin-hacked-64-million-user-passwords-reportedly-leaked/story?id=16508728