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VPNFilter has compromised over 500,000 routers in the US and can only be wiped if you reboot the router. It can also affect a vast array of routers. To find out if your router is vulnerable, check out this list at symantec.com.
While you're at it, it may be a good time to update your router firmware too.
Gerald is setting up a website in WordPress and wants to know if he should set it up with a domain name or link to it. Leo says it's a good idea to have his own domain that he can control. From there, he can forward it to his website on WordPress and let them host it, or he can host it himself on his own server. It's not really practical to "roll your own" hosting. Gerald should let WordPress handle the hosting and just have the domain name forward to the website. That won't cost him anything.
John wants to know if a Chromebook will work with a printer/scanner. Leo says they will work wirelessly through Google Cloud Print. Most new printer models support the Cloud Print standard. Chromebooks probably don't have drivers for peripherals, so the wireless Cloud Print setting is the way to go. John should look in his printer settings for how to set it up. Then he can set it up through his Google account. He'll just print and then it sends it to his printer via the internet. A laser printer is probably best for John since he's a trucker.
Ryan bought a new router for the neighborhood pool, but it can't really handle a lot of traffic. What high density router should he buy that can shoulder the load? Leo says that mesh routers are probably Ryan's best bet for the home and neighborhood use. And if he needs better signal, he can just plug in more satellites.
Joy was trying to post an article on Facebook and got a message that it was blocked according to the EU GDPR regulations. Leo says that Facebook may have thought she was in the EU and would fall under those rules. So Facebook blocked the article. But it may be that Facebook is blocking articles related from European sources. Some news agencies may be blocking EU IP addresses in order to skirt GDPR regulations.
Website of the week - FLIXBUS. Travel from LA - Vegas for under $10, plus fees! Flixbus is huge in Europe and they're just opening up routes in the US. The plan is to expand to over 1000 city connections by the end of the year. They also have an App.
App of the week - Watermark Photo. Put a watermark on your photo so people don't steal your images and pose as you on social media!
Kira's twin daughters love to listen to Disney music, but she doesn't want to buy it all because it's so expensive. What streaming options does she have? Leo says that Spotify is probably the best one. She can even tie her Spotify account to her Echo. They have a broad range of Disney music channels. Amazon Music Unlimited and Apple Music are other options.
Europe's new General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR has gone in effect, and it has some teeth as companies who fail to comply will face a fine of 4% of their annual income. Leo says that larger companies could face fines in the millions. Leo also says that companies have 72 hours to report all data breaches and give customers the right to have their data deleted upon request.
Johnny is home these days, taking a vacation from traveling. Right now, you can go from LA to Miami last minute for $165 on American. Great deal.