Website Launch for Engage Conference

Really excited to launch this website for the Engage Conference today!  The Engage team is awesome to work with, and the end result is, in my opinion, spectacular!

DNSChanger will boot 350,000 Users off the internet in July!

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Geek Brigade Summary

  1. DNS Changer was a Mac and PC virus that changed internet settings to redirect traffic to spammers’ servers.
  2. When the government busted the culprits, they replaced the spammers’ servers with good servers, so people had time to fix their settings.
  3. The government is now ready to shut that server down in July.
Make CERTAIN your settings are correct by clicking here.  You’ll see RED or GREEN.  If you see Green, you’re good!  If you see Red, call us.

Geek Brigade partners with ACRBO to offer $250 College Scholarship

Association of Computer Repair Business Owners Scholarship

The Association of Computer Repair Business Owners is pleased to announce its scholarship opportunity. The Association of Computer Repair Business Owners will award at least one $250 scholarship to a deserving high school senior.

The idea behind this scholarship is that not every young man and woman is ready for college or knows exactly what their future plans hold for them. This scholarship is for that young man or woman who knows they are interested in the Information Technology field in one shape or form, have a desire, and the work ethic to accomplish it.

Scholarship candidates must mail completed applications and supporting materials to Geek Brigade on or before May 15th.

The applicant must be a high school senior graduating in the spring/summer semester, whose plans include the technology industry through college, business school, technical training or actual hands-on in the industry.

HOW TO APPLY

Complete and send application to:

Geek Brigade, Inc.
107 N SR 135, Ste 202
Greenwood, IN 46142

The applicant should be of good character as described by two letters of recommendation. At least one of the letters must be provided by a teacher or guidance counselor. Nothing in your past will disqualify you for this scholarship.

Questions please contact Geek Brigade at 317-622-8602

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How do you know it's a phishing scam?

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!

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!

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!

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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!

Greenwood service center opens May 2011

Geek Brigade is proud to announce the grand opening of a Greenwood, Indiana location in May 2011.  Geek Brigade remains committed to providing an affordable alternative to big box stores, and the new location will help make that possible.  The enhanced service center will streamline many of the repair processes helping Geek Brigade reach their goal of turning most computer repairs around in 1 day or less.

Please visit Geek Brigade at:

107 N SR 135, Ste 202
Greenwood, IN 46142

Geek Brigade to offer free services to nonprofits through operation “Grassroots Tech”

Geek Brigade recently unveiled the details of its “Grassroots Tech” program.  Under the program, Indianapolis area nonprofit organizations can apply for free technical consulting services. Geek Brigade feel it’s important to give back to the community by helping nonprofits tackle the technology issues that regularly prevent them from fulfilling their missions.  Geek Brigade believes that technology can be a powerful enabler for social change.  Please call us today to discuss how we can serve your nonprofit organization.

Researchers confirm Googler’s Internet Explorer bug

Computerworld – French security researchers today confirmed the presence of a bug in Internet Explorer (IE) that’s at the center of a spat between Microsoft and a Google security engineer.

According to Vupen, IE8 harbors a vulnerability that can be exploited to hijack a Windows system.

“A vulnerability has been identified in Microsoft Internet Explorer, which could be exploited by remote attackers to take complete control of a vulnerable system,” said the French firm in an advisory published Wednesday.

Vupen said it confirmed the vulnerability and its exploitability in IE8 running on Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3), but believed it could also be leveraged on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Server 2003, Server 2008 and Server 2008 R2.

The security company rated the bug as “critical,” its highest threat warning. In a follow-up tweet, Vupen said, “Reproducing was/is hard.”

The bug was publicly reported last Saturday by Michal Zalewski, a Google security engineer, when he released a new “fuzzing” tool that had found more than 100 bugs in the five major browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer (IE), Opera and Safari. He also published a crash dump of one of the IE bugs he believed could be exploited.

Zalewski’s release of “cross_fuzz” and the crash dump has sparked a skirmish between him and Microsoft.

The latter has claimed that even though its engineers have had the fuzzer since July, they were only able to identify the vulnerability Dec. 21, 2010, when Zalewski provided a newer version of the tool.

Zalewski has disputed that in a detailed timeline of the back-and-forth with Microsoft. Earlier this week he said he released cross_fuzz and the crash dump because Chinese hackers were already probing for information on the bug, and because Microsoft had not responded for months to his bug report.

Vupen identified the IE vulnerability as a “use-after-free error” within “mshtml.dll,” the code library that composes the browser engine. Attackers could exploit the bug by enticing people to a malicious Web page — a classic “drive-by” attack that compromises the browser as soon as it renders the page.

Microsoft has said it is investigating the IE vulnerability, but has not issued a security advisory or revealed its patching plans.

With the Vupen confirmation, Microsoft now has four unpatched bugs to work on, including a critical IE bug it acknowledged two weeks ago, a WMI Active X flaw in IE that went public at the same time, and a Windows vulnerability the company confirmed Tuesday.

Gregg Keizer covers Microsoft, security issues, Apple, Web browsers and general technology breaking news for Computerworld. Follow Gregg on Twitter at  @gkeizer or subscribe to Gregg’s RSS feed . His e-mail address isgkeizer@computerworld.com.

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