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Episode 1408 July 29, 2017

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Watch Ken from Selina, CA Comments

Ken is tired of having to weed through fake news stories while online. Leo says that fake news is more than just a problem in politics. Click Bait is another version of fake news designed to drive traffic to a website to make money. Ken would like to see a fact checking plugin for the browser that would fact check an article instantly when a user clicks on it.

Leo says that has already begun. Google does it, and Facebook is working on a scheme. But what one man will consider a story fake news, another may not. That's why Leo prefers to use the term "Click Bait." That's something that everyone can agree on, regardless of political point of view.

Watch Carl from Las Vegas, NV Comments

Carl's wife is going to the Philippines soon and he wants to know the best way to stay in touch internationally. Leo says that the real answer is WiFi. She'll be able to make calls or even video conference via Skype, Facebook, or WhatsApp. If she uses WiFi, it won't cost her anything. She should just make sure to turn off data roaming on her phone. She can also use Google Maps and preload map data so that she's not using data while getting around.

If she wants to have data, she can buy a basic international package, or a local sim for the phone. Check out prepaidwithdata.wikia.com for details.

She can also rent or buy a MiFi device, and that will allow her to have local cellular data across multiple devices.

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Watch Richard from Highland Park, CA Comments

Richard's cell phone was stolen. Leo says that's usually a dumb crime because most often the phone simply can't be used anymore because they have kill switches in them. They also have the Find my iPhone option which allows the police to find them. But what about his data? Leo says that he can remote wipe the data, and if it's locked, it'll erase if the password is not properly inputted ten times. Most thieves don't really want the data, though, they want to sell the phone. But Richard should wipe the phone to be sure. For Google users, the data has been backed up to the Google account.

Watch Sherry from Canyon Lake, CA Comments

Sherry is concerned because her personal information from public records show up in Google search results. Leo says that if it's public information, the only thing she can do is go to each site and demand they make her information private. But these days, it's easy to harvest that information from government sources online. And new sites pop up all the time. Privacy is really an illusion now. That's why celebrities usually create holding companies and make all their asset purchase through them, so that the paper trail is minimal.

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Watch Clinton from Alberta, Canada Comments

Clinton's Google account was hacked, and the password recovery was changed to another email address. Leo says that's why Google and Leo recommends 2 Factor Authentication so that he would be contacted should a password change happen. He can also use a secondary email. Clinton can contact Google and they can perhaps get his account back by answering questions that only he would know about.

He should keep in mind that if he used this as a recovery email for other sites, they are vulnerable as well. So he'll have to get it back ASAP before more damage is done.

Check out these articles on hacking for more guidance:

Kevin Roos: I dared two expert hackers to destroy my life. Here's what happened.
Mat Honan: How I Resurrected My Digital Life After an Epic Hacking
What we give away when we log on to a public Wi-Fi network

Watch Cathy from Ventura, CA Comments

Cathy has an old Samsung Android phone and she's ready to upgrade. She wants to know if getting a previous model from eBay a good idea. Leo says that she can get a good deal on one, but chances are it won't be updated. So she'd have to have it updated. Leo advises going to XDA Developers to learn how to root the phone to put a new version of Android on it.

How can she transfer over all her photos and contacts? Leo says to tie the old phone to Google Contacts, Calendar and Photos. Then she can just log into her Google account on her new phone and it'll populate all that data back.

Watch Steve from Murrieta, CA Comments

Steve's Windows machine updated to Windows 10 and now he has trouble connecting to his printer. Leo says that he may want to remove the printer, and then research it according to its name, not IP. He can also go into his router and reserve the IP address for his printer. Lastly, he should give his printer a static IP address and tell the router. But that's the worst case because it could affect the router assigning IP addresses on the network, called "IP Collision."

Watch Paul from Long Beach, CA Comments

Paul is vision impaired and has an eight year old iMac. How can he update it? Leo says that as long as he can update it to the latest OS, he'll be OK, and it sounds like Paul's is updated. But sooner or later, the machine will be left behind. Should he buy a new one? Leo says these days, computers aren't that much faster from one model to another. The improvement in speed really comes with a solid state hard drive and faster memory, though.