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Gloria wants to get rid of her ISP and change her email. Leo says if she's going to get rid of her ISP and its email, Leo recommends going with Gmail first and setting it up to get the email off her old email account. Her ISP is DSL Extreme. Leo says that DSL Extreme is a good provider, but if she's having issues, it may not be their fault. It may be the carrier that DSL Extreme is piggy backing on, which is usually AT&T. They have to allow them to carry it, but they don't really want to share. So they make it difficult.
Alan wants to get back into Ham radio and has heard about SDR, or software defined radio. Leo says that most modern radios are software defined and he can get back into it by just installing the software on his computer. Alan should check out EchoLink. He should also listen to Ham Nation on TWiT. He'll still need a license, but it's a good way to get back into it.
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.
Jerry has been using an app to hack a neighbor's Wifi for free WiFi. Leo says that is a violation of federal law and Jerry really shouldn't be doing that. And it probably doesn't work anyway since most wifi routers are using WPA2 these days and that's a lot harder to crack.
John has noticed that there isn't spell check in Android for Gmail anymore. Leo is surprised by that, but he uses Inbox instead of Gmail and that has it. Why would Google turn off spell check in gmail? Leo says it's a setting that got turned off. John should look in his settings.
Claire had a Yahoo email account and forgot to reset her recovery phone number, so she's now locked out of her account. Leo says that she can try and log into the general Yahoo.com. If that works, then she should be able to go into her account and change the phone number.
Will's mom works for a Church and she's looking for a way to access groups in Gmail when she creates group emails. She can't do it on her iPad. Leo has a crazy workaround: Create a comma-separated list of emails for a single contact. That single contact then becomes a mailing list. Leo says, however, that using Gmail to maintain the groups is not the best option, because it could be viewed as a spam mail. So Leo suggests a mailing list management service like Constant Contact or Mail Chimp.
Equifax was recently hacked and over 143 million people had their credit information stolen. Even worse, Equifax executives sat on the news for five weeks while many executives sold stock before it would tank. Leo says that this was insider trading plain and simple. Equifax has a higher duty to protect user credit information because we are required to have our credit monitored. They had one job: Protect the data that they gathered without our permission.
Cecil has been dealing with issues with Spectrum and he's replaced the router. Can he replace the modem too? Leo says yes. He can buy his own modem and save himself a $10 a month rental charge in the process. He'll want to check with Spectrum to see what routers Spectrum supports, and based on those, he can buy his own. Most support the Surfboard DOCSIS III. There's also the NETGEAR Nighthawk.