Dan has a Kindle Fire HD and he can't connect his tablet to the Internet. Leo says that since Dan bought his own modem, he'll need to call the cable company and give them the MAC address so they can activate that router for use on their service. Once that's done, he'll plug in the cable modem to the router and then put the router into "bridge" mode. Leo advises spending time at Practically Networked. There's some great tutorials there.
Connie is worried that since her dad leaves his computer on, it's more vulnerable to attack. Leo says no, that's not how it works. There are things that Connie can do to protect him better, though:
1) Use a Mac (he does)
2) Get a router. The router will act as a dumb box that won't allow malware to pass in or sniff what he's going online.
3) Teach him to guard his behavior by not clicking on attachments or links in email, etc. And always be suspicious of them, double-checking the URL before clicking on the link.
"One Card to Rule them all, One Card to Charge them. One Card to Bring them all, and in debt bind them." That's the idea of Coin, a one size fits all digital credit card that can be programmable for all cards, and can switch between them as users use it. Leo says the marketing has been fantastic with it, but he wonders how secure Coin will really be. And will merchants buy into this idea?
Gordon has bad WiFi reception in his house and his kids are complaining about it. Leo says he should keep using the Verizon Versalink modem he has, even though the Wi-Fi access point hasn't been great. He should get a third party Wi-Fi Router router and plug it in. Buffalo is good, as is NetGear which is what Leo uses.
Jay is looking to build a website and wants to know what language to use. Leo suggests going to SquareSpace.com because they can do both hosting and software. It's a great way to get started.
(Disclaimer: SquareSpace is a sponsor).
Lance is having trouble with FireFox. He opened it and his home page has disappeared. Leo wonders if Lance had iGoogle and it disappeared when IGoogle was turned off. He advises going with MyYahoo. Similar and much of the same services. Protopage is another. NetVibes. IGHome is very close to iGoogle's design.
Valerie wants to know if she can print something from her Android phone. Leo says she can, using Google Cloud Print. It uses the Internet and would let her print from anywhere in the world, but she would need a printer that supports it. She can also send it to Kinkos. Apple has AirPrint for the iPad and iPhone as well.
Facebook has changed their privacy settings, but this time they've eliminated the option to keep your page out of searches. This means that every member on Facebook will turn up in search results, even if they previously chose to not show up. This is largely linked to the graph search.
Leo suggests removing any personal picture if your name is fairly common, lock down your personal settings, and take out any way to contact you through the page. At least that way, you're not making it easy. If you really want to be anonymous, you can always delete your account altogether.
Brad would like to create a private YouTube channel that will give him the ability to put pictures on it so his elderly Aunt can see them online. Leo says that a better option is an internet enabled smart digital picture frame that he can update remotely. She does have internet access and an HD TV, so could he use the Chromecast to do this? Leo says he could, but Brad would have to travel to his Aunt's and set it up because it would have to see her Wi-Fi. She would have to learn how to access YouTube from the Chromecast, too.
Dee needs to uninstall Norton 360. Leo says that there are ways to do it and searching Norton forums will help. Norton also has stand alone uninstallers that will do it.