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Kathy is blind and Comcast changed their email settings. She had a friend come over and reconfigure it for her, but there's still errors happening. Leo says that Comcast isn't really supporting Pop3 access anymore. They allow it, but they prefer you use IMAP as your settings. So if your friend set it for Pop, have him come back over and change it to IMAP. One way to check is to use your browser. You can also verify if your email is there. If it is, then you know it's IMAP. If they aren't, it's POP.
Caller went to the recent ReInvent convention for Amazon services and he learned a lot about the power of data in the cloud. Leo says that Amazon is the clear leader in cloud based web services, trouncing Google and Microsoft. And the irony is, it was largely an afterthought to their retail business. Leo now thinks that Amazon's goal is to get a fraction of every financial transaction on the planet. Even a penny would amount to trillions of dollars.
Johnny Jet says that traveling during the holidays is likely going to get you sick because of the weather, and because people are traveling sick and coughing in a closed airplane cabin. But in first class, it tends to be more germ free because it's cleaned more thoroughly, and there's fewer people in that section of the plane. He recommends bringing travel wipes.
Jeff wants to use Mint online, but he's concerned about putting his data online. Leo says that Mint is very secure and he uses it for his business at Tech Guy Labs. Does Mint work with 2 Factor Authentication? Leo says yes, and it does support password vaults like LastPass. But all the security in the world doesn't protect him from a data breach.
Mark is moving to a new house and he's looking to get a mesh router system for it. Should he go with Google Wi-Fi or Eero? Leo says of the two, Leo recommends Eero. He's used both and he's found that Eero is the best of the two, although he also uses Plume. The Netgear Orbi is good as well. At this point, all of them are pretty good.
Johnny Jet says that the reported Marriott/Starwood hotel security breach really isn't the fault of Marriott since they bought Starwood after the security breach happened. But Johnny says that anyone who stayed at a Starwood hotel in 2014 really should be changing their passwords and monitoring their credit card activity.
Chip needs a router compatible with Verizon FIOS. He's about to get his rate raised and wants to dump his modem/router to save money. The chatroom says he'll only need to use the Verizon hardware if he is also subscribing to the TV service. So he can request a FIOS modem only, and then use his own router. Any router will work if he's just using data.
Johnny is calling in from the Celebrity Edge cruise ship, where he's previewing the new ship. And it is posh! It has something called the "Magic Carpet," which is a section of the ship that goes up and down during the cruise, so passengers can have a different experience every day. There's also a rooftop garden.
Doug likes to visit the Aviation Weather Service online, but he's been having trouble with it lately. Leo says that's because it uses Java and the Java browser plugin has probably been disabled. Doug should go into his browser settings and be sure it's installed, updated, and enabled. But it's getting harder to use Java in the browser. If he has Firefox version 52 or higher, or Chrome 42 or higher, or even Safari, the plugin would have been disabled for security reasons. So his only choice may be to use Internet Explorer for that site. He'll have to turn on scripting for Java apps.