Protect Yourself from Phishing Scams

Comments Off on Protect Yourself from Phishing Scams Written on June 8th, 2012 by
Categories: Email, Security

Protect your Password against Phishing ScamsThey want your passwords.  Hackers use a technique called phishing to get you to unknowingly tell it to them.  The technique is simple and clever, but if you know the simple things to look for then you’ll never be duped.

How Phishing Works: Hackers send you an email that appears to be from a reputable source, such as PayPal or Facebook.  The message informs you of some urgent reason you need to log into your account on this site, and it provides a link.  The link they provide, though, is to an imitation of Facebook.  These pages can be almost exact copies of the real site.  And when you enter your username and password into this fake site, you have just given the hackers your password. 

Even worse, most of the victims of this trick don’t even know it happened – until they see the consequences.  Common objectives of hackers range from stealing your cash to using to Facebook account to tell all your friends how much you love Viagra or some other such product.

These attacks are on the rise and more and more people are getting tricked by them, so I’m going to show you how to quickly and easily spot them.  Here is an example of an email I received containing a phishing attempt for my Facebook password:

Identify Phising Scam Emails

 It says I have missed activity on Facebook, five friend requests in fact, and it provides a link for me to follow.  Here’s how to tell if an email is a phishing scam.

Perform this check on all emails with links:

  1. Check the link: Hover your pointer over the link and a small window will appear revealing the address this link goes to.  We see in the above example that this link clearly is not to Facebook.com.  (The above image is taken from Microsoft Outlook.  If you are using web-based mail such as Gmail watch for the pop up in the lower left hand corner of your web browser.)
  2. Check the sender’s address: Look at the address this email came from.  The domain name should match the web site.  For example, we would expect an email from Facebook to come from somename@facebook.com.  The from address can sometimes be faked, though, so even if they match we still
  3. When in doubt, do not click any links in emails.  Instead open your web browser and type the address of the site you want to visit manually, i.e. Facebook.com.

 

 

How to remove your Google Web History

Comments Off on How to remove your Google Web History Written on February 24th, 2012 by
Categories: Tips and Tricks

March 1 is the day Google’s new unified privacy policy goes into effect, which means your Google Web History will be shared among all of the Google products you use.  You can opt out of this tracking if you like.  The link below contains information about this and instructions for opting out.

http://howto.cnet.com/8301-11310_39-57382925-285/how-to-remove-your-google-web-history/

Help Protect The Internet

Comments Off on Help Protect The Internet Written on January 19th, 2012 by
Categories: Uncategorized

There are two bills before congress that would enable the U.S. government to censor what Web pages we are able to see. Please sign Google’s petition to help keep freedom alive online.

Take Action

Protecting Your Computers in a Storm or Hurricane

Comments Off on Protecting Your Computers in a Storm or Hurricane Written on August 26th, 2011 by
Categories: Uncategorized

Unplug Computers in Electrical Storms, Hurricane Irene

Hurricane Irene is on the way. Electrical storms can severely damage computers and other electronics.  Not only are your computers at risk but so too are any peripheral devices such as external hard drives, printers, routers, etc.

At first sign of electrical storm activity, turn off and unplug all electronics.

And stay safe out there!

Solved: Unable to Save / Remember Password for Mapped WebDav folder

Comments Off on Solved: Unable to Save / Remember Password for Mapped WebDav folder Written on June 2nd, 2011 by
Categories: SharePoint, Tips and Tricks, WebDAV

Symptom:  In Windows Vista/7, after you map a WebDAV shared drive, such as a SharePoint document library, you are required to type your password every time you open it.  Clicking the “Remember Password” checkbox seems to have no affect.  Additionally, you get an “Unable to connect to network drive” message when you start the computer.   This is particularly a problem when the WebDAV share is located outside of your local network (on the Internet).

Solution:  When you check the Remember Password box, Windows is actually saving your password.  You should be able to see it in your  Credentials Manager Control Panel.  The problem is that as a security feature Windows does not allow this password to be sent automatically. (This only applies to WebDAV shares that are outside your local network.)

With a little registry editing, however, we can set the system to allow saved passwords to your external WebDAV servers.  (I believe you can wholly disable this security feature also, however it is not recommended).  By the way, modifying your registry incorrectly can cause damage to your computer, so always back up your registry first by using the export command with the registry editor.

We find the solution to this problem in Microsoft KB 943280 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/943280/en-us).

  1. Click Start, type regedit in the Start Search box, and then press ENTER.
  2. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\WebClient\Parameters
  3. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click Multi-String Value.
  4. Type AuthForwardServerList, and then press ENTER.
  5. On the Edit menu, click Modify.
  6. In the Value data box, type the URL of the server that hosts the Web share, and then click OK.Note You can also type a list of URLs in the Value data box. For more information, see the “Sample URL list” section in this article.
  7. Exit Registry Editor.

Here are some sample URLS you might use for reference:

https://*.Contoso.com
http://*.dns.live.com
 *.microsoft.com
https://172.169.4.6

If you are connecting to an SBS 2008 server, for example, the entry would probably look like this: remote.domain.com.

Avoid using wildcards here, if used improperly they can completely lift this security feature.

I hope this helps save some people some frustration.  I nearly pulled my hair out dealing with this one.

Google Docs Overview

Comments Off on Google Docs Overview Written on November 30th, 2010 by
Categories: Business, Google Apps, Small Business

Google Apps Series Episode 3: Google Docs

Here is a great overview of Google Docs for business use. One of the most amazing features is that multiple workers can edit the same document or spreadsheet at the same time. This represents a substantial productivity gain as compared to workers emailing files back and forth.

Google Apps for Business Testimonials

Comments Off on Google Apps for Business Testimonials Written on November 29th, 2010 by
Categories: Business, Email, Google Apps, Small Business

This video demonstrates how Google Apps for Business provides small businesses with an easy to use productivity boost.

Gmail Spell Check

Comments Off on Gmail Spell Check Written on November 29th, 2010 by
Categories: Business, Email, Google Apps

If you have tried out Gmail, you might find that there is one thing seriously missing: spell check.  I have good news for you — the solution is simple.

Simply download and install Mozilla Firefox or the Google Chrome web browser.  Both of these browsers have active spell check integrated, so no matter what web site you are typing in, it will underline your misspelled words on the fly as you type.

Here’s an example of how it looks:

Spell Check for Gmail and Other Web Pages

Happy Emailing!

Google Apps Series: Welcome to the Cloud

Comments Off on Google Apps Series: Welcome to the Cloud Written on November 29th, 2010 by
Categories: Business, Email, Google Apps, Small Business

Google Apps Series Episode 1: An Introduction to Google Apps for Business.

Google is providing small and medium sized businesses with tools that were previously only within reach of large organizations that can afford expensive server rooms and IT staff.   In this series of articles, we will be looking at the Google Apps suite as it applies to small to medium sized businesses.  My objective here is to provide business owners with a basic understanding of what Google Apps is and how it may be beneficial to them.  Google Apps is an opportunity every business owner should be aware of, whether you are a one man operation or have hundreds of employees.

What is Google Apps?  Basically, Google Apps is a suite applications, like Microsoft Office.  These include Gmail, calendar, word processing, spreadsheet and presentation creator, chat, voice, and more.

What’s the big deal?  Firstly, the price.  The Google Apps suite is extremely inexpensive, and it is efficient to deploy, and is extremely low maintenance.  Previously, businesses invested in expensive Microsoft Exchange servers for email and calendar sharing.   This is now available from Google liternally at a fraction of the cost.  And there is a second deal this is a big deal — the Google suite offers many beneficial features that Microsoft does not.

Let’s take a look.  Here is a quick video overview of Google Apps for Business:

Bravo to Google for helping the little guys compete with the big boys.

Here at Geeks on Wheels we have helped numerous businesses take advantage of Google Apps to increase productivity, while at the same time dramatically reducing costs as compared to using Microsoft solutions.

Call us at 914-562-1800 for more information or help determine if Google Apps is a good fit for your organization.

In the next episode of this series we will be looking at some examples of how businesses use Google Apps.

Uncluttering Your Gmail

Comments Off on Uncluttering Your Gmail Written on November 22nd, 2010 by
Categories: Business, Email, Google Apps

Many people find the Google Apps mail interface a bit cluttered at first.  There are quick and easy ways to customize the view settings for your mail to make it less cluttered.  The two changes I recommend are:

1. Remove Web Clips

2. Remove Snippets

Here’s a picture of how Google Apps/Gmail looks at first with these options enabled:

Gmail Default View

After we turns these off, we get a cleaner view, like this:

A Cleaner Google Docs

Making these changes is simple.  Just click on the “Settings” link in the top right hand corner of your mail.  This will take you to the general tab of your settings.  Scroll down until you see snippets, and click the radio button for “No Snippets.”  Here’s what it looks like.

Gmail Disable Snippets

After changing this option scroll down and click the “Save Changes” button.

To turn off Web Clips, go back into Settings, and click the tab for “Web Clips.”  In this tab uncheck the box at the top for “Show my web clips above the Inbox.”  You don’t have to click any save button on this page.  Here’s what it looks like.

Gmail Disable Web Clips

Happy Gmaling!