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Use Reputable Apps to Scan Sensitive Documents

If you are scanning important, sensitive documents with your cell phone and sending those files over the internet, make sure to use an app from a reputable, reliable company. Do not use apps from relatively unknown developers, where images could potentially be intercepted. On Android phones, use Google Drive's scan option. On iPhone, open the Notes app and hit the + sign, then tap the "Scan Documents" option. Evernote Scannable is also a legitimate high-quality (free) scanning app.

Do Not Feel a Need to Renew McAfee Antivirus

Do not be tempted to redeem McAfee antivirus on your Windows PC after a current trial has expired. Leo says to uninstall the software and just use Windows Defender, which Microsoft has been doing a great job with. Leo says you are basically putting a trojan on your system if you are choosing certain 3rd-party low-level programs because any flaws they might have can be a possible conduit for bad guys to infiltrate the computer. Plus, Windows Defender is free with Windows 10!

Use PC Perspective's Hardware Leaderboard to Get Started on Building a New PC!

If you are looking to build a new computer and have trouble putting together the right components, visit PC Perspective and look at their hardware leaderboard. Click the tab at the top that says "HW Leaderboard" and check out the low-end, mid-range, high-end, and dream system rundowns. The HW Leaderboard comes with recommendations for the proper processor, motherboard, video card, memory, hard drive. sound card, and power supply to get you started on building the type of PC you want.

Examine the Layout of a URL to Check its Legitimacy

When you want to find out if you should stay away from typing in a suspicious and possibly fake web address, check the URL's TLD (top-level domain) which should imply whether the site is legitimate or not. For example, if a web address reads Google(dot)com/blahblah then it is a legitimate Google page. However, bad guys can spoof Google and create an address like Google(dot)badguy(dot)com which may easily deceive many victims at first glance. Always be cautious of deceptive URLs and links that can infiltrate your device if clicked.

Use Google Fi + Moto G6 when Traveling to Turkey

If traveling to or staying in Istanbul, Turkey for a while, buy an affordable Motorola Moto G6 and use a Google Fi phone plan with it. It is only $10 for each gigabyte of data (until 6GB) and $20 per month for unlimited calls and texts. Leo used this combination when he went to Turkey and had a great, convenient time while enjoying the bridge country where the East (Asia) meets the West (Europe).

Use a Google Voice Number to Filter Out Non-Contact-List Calls

Google Voice's Screening feature allows you to configure your phone's reaction to calls from outside your contact list. Actions include sending directly to voicemail or asking for the caller's name. You can keep your normal phone number, or you could even get a whole new number! An alternative is Nomorobo for iOS, which compares a caller's number to known scammers/robocallers. However, it requires a paid subscription, unlike Google Voice.

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Be Cautious of Kaspersky Anti-Virus Software

If you're going to use antivirus software, you may want to choose something other than Kaspersky. While Leo believes Eugene Kaspersky, the CEO of Kaspersky Lab, is a great person, his company is Russian and may be prone to manipulation or seizure by the Russian government/military. In any case, Leo simply recommends excellent alternatives with less baggage. While we don't know for sure what goes on with companies like Kaspersky or Huawei, it's best to err on the side of caution.

Buy a Home Automation Hub from a Dedicated Company

If you're going to buy a hub for home automation, Leo recommends purchasing from a tech company that's dedicated to IoT. Samsung SmartThings is a good, safe choice, and they use the Zigbee and Z-Wave protocols. Apple is making it difficult for companies to support Homekit, and Google has its own items that they may pull the plug on anytime. Unfortunately, a company like Lowe's just isn't big enough to support the breadth of the internet-of-things, which is why their IRIS service is being discontinued.

Get Data Off of an Old Android Phone

If you need to transfer your data from an old phone to a new one, there are a few ways to do it. First of all, check to see if your data is already being synced to the cloud. Data such as email, contacts, and calendars are likely already stored with Google or Apple's iCloud. You can verify this by logging into your Google or Apple account from a web browser and checking to see if the data is there.