Internet and Web

Your internet connection, web sites and services.

With the Internet of Things, You Need to have them secure

Episode 1455

Everything we have in our home seems to have a computer built into it these days, and also they're networked and connected to the internet. Leo calls it the Internet of Things. And some are more secure than others, and even then, many just don't get updated with security features. So Brian Krebs has an article on the best way to secure your digital "stuff" online. Check it out here - https://krebsonsecurity.com/2018/01/some-basic-rules-for-securing-your-i...

Should I get Amazon Echo or Google Home for my mom?

Episode 1454

Dan from Fresno, CA
Amazon Echo

Dan wants to get his mother a home assistant and can't decide between Google Home or Amazon Echo. Leo says that both are very similar. If Dan's mom has Amazon Prime, then she'll get a free limited music service with it. Google, however, is better at facts, while Echo is good at skills. So it comes down to what she's going to use it for. Echo is also better with smart home devices (IoT stuff). Leo gave his mother the Echo, but it's important to train his mother how to talk to Echo. For most people, Echo is easier to use.

How do I recover my Facebook password?

Episode 1454

Brad from San Jose, CA
Facebook

Brad wants to know how to recover his brother's Facebook account without using his email. Leo says that there's an extreme account recovery system that involves sending a picture, and then Facebook will reset it. Here's how to recover his account on Facebook.

Leo also recommends using a password vault. LastPass is what he uses, but there's also 1Password. Then all he needs to do is remember one password.

Facebook Changed It's Algorithm to Keep Users Addicted

Episode 1454

Facebook

The big story today is news that back when Twitter was launched, Facebook decided to change it's feed to include more news stories, thereby addicting its users and keeping them online longer. Leo says that Facebook discovered that they could sell more advertising and make more money if they could hook users to spend more time. Leo says that Facebook prefers to call it more "engaging." But he also says that strategy may have backfired, as engagement has been declining over the last two years.

What is a reliable Virtual Private Network?

Episode 1453

Manny from Mt. Carmel, CA
Tiny Hardware Firewall

Manny wants to know how he can find a reliable VPN product to keep his surfing private. Leo says that what he's looking for is a strong privacy policy that's very clear what it can and cannot do, particularly with logging access. Leo likes Tunnel Bear since they have it in their privacy policy that they won't log his access and activity. He also uses a hardware firewall like Tiny Hardware Firewall which will do it.

How can I turn off the router in my modem and use my own?

Episode 1453

Dan from Corona, CA
TP-Link Archer C7

Dan has AT&T and a new TP-Link router. Can he use his own with the AT&T DSL modem that has a router built-in? Leo says yes. He can turn off the AT&T's router radios and network address translation. He could try putting it into bridge mode. He'll have to open up the browser IP address and look for a place that will enable him to turn off the router altogether. He'll also have to disable DHCP. If he can't do that, then he can put the TP-Link into bridge mode and it will just pass the signal along. He should also look for a passthrough mode.

Johnny Jet on Travel Tech

Episode 1453

Johnny Jet

Leo wants to know how young a minor can be to travel unaccompanied. Johnny says that it varies from airline to airline, but it's around 16 years old. And here's a great hack — airlines will not cancel a flight if there's an unaccompanied minor traveling. They don't want to run the risk of losing the child. But they may also charge you extra for a minor to travel. That's great insurance to make sure your child's flight doesn't get canceled, though. Also, always book a nonstop flight. That way the child doesn't have to get off and board another plane.

Isn't it good that there will be less regulation of the internet?

Episode 1450

Bryan from Panama City, FL
Network Neutrality

Bryan wants to know if Leo is for or against repealing the Net Neutrality rules. Leo says he's definitely against repealing it, as he believes it will benefit the big ISP companies and not the end user. Sure, it's government regulation, but if you trust the water coming out of your tap, why not trust regulating the internet to keep it open and neutral? By throwing out rules that keep ISPs common carriers under Title 2, it now gives ISPs the power to do whatever they want and charge whatever they want. Leo understands the mistrust of government. Many technology types are libertarians.

What is Bitcoin?

Episode 1450

George from Santa Monica, CA
Bitcoin

George keeps hearing about BitCoin and how much the price keeps going up. What gives it that value? Leo says nothing but sheer belief. BitCoin is crypto currency, which are essentially digital dollars that don't exist outside of a computer. You can't really take it and spend it at the local store unless the store takes it. But even a dollar bill isn't really anything but a fiat currency that the government says it's worth. The value of a dollar, or any other currency, changes all the time. It's fluid. So BitCoin is just an extreme version of that.