Internet and Web

Your internet connection, web sites and services.

What's a good way to create a community online?

Steve from Vancouver, Canada

Episode 1196

Chris wants to create his online community, but he's concerned that using Facebook or Twitter will make it owned by them or shut him down. Leo says that is true but it's an easy place to start, and that's also where all the eyeballs are. Leo recommends going with Google+ because he'll get the Hangouts feature, messaging, and even Google groups.

Should I buy my domain before getting a web host?

Art from Los Angeles, CA

Episode 1196

Art wants to register a domain name and be sure that he owns the website. Leo says that is important. He won't want to let a web host register it for him because they could end up owning the domain. Then he'd have to try and pry it from their clutches. So Art should go to a domain registrar first, get his domain and then he can go to a webhost and have them set up his site. This way he will keep the domain ownership.

Johnny Jet

Episode 1195

This week's website ... Clever Layover. It enables you to do a search for an affordable last minute ticket. According to Clever Layover, the average user saves $200. But you have to be careful because they usually are low fare airlines that nickle and dime you to death with fees.

Another website ... Adioso. Perfect site to search for destinations where you don't really know where you want to go.

Deal of the week - LA to Bangkock $599 on China Airlines. Check out JohnnyJet.com for details.

US Government Office of Personnel Management Hacked

Episode 1195

The computer network of the US Government Office of Personnel Management was hacked by what the FBI calls "Chinese hackers." OPM carries details on the records of every single government employee, including security levels and personal information. And there's millions at risk. Leo's not so sure that China is at fault here, although China does have a very active and robust cyber espionage group. What Leo sees here is blackmail material, based on the clearance database.

What computer would be safest for online banking?

Robert from Pittsburgh, PA

Episode 1194

Robert wants to know if it's possible to get a virus with read only media. He wants a computer for online banking that can't be written to. Leo says that's an interesting idea. The ideal solution here would be a Chromebook. They're cheap, there are no viruses, and it comes with a power wash feature that brings it right back to the way it was when he first got it. Couple that with second factor authentication, and he'll be golden. He could also boot from the CD drive and that would prevent anything from being written to it.

Can I transfer my domain name?

Sheryl from Orange, CA

Episode 1193

Sheryl wants to move her domain from her current web host. She doesn't need a website and just wants to keep her email. Can she do that? Leo says sure! She can even park it over at Google and use Gmail with her domain name. No need to pay a web host. Leo does that all the time with GMail and SoftLayer. Sheryl can just contact her current webhost and advise them that she's taking back her domain name, and then move it to Gmail.

Johnny Jet

Episode 1193

Johnny Jet

The latest travel news: Luftanza is going to start charging a $25 fee if you book a ticket through a third party site. This has travel agents up in arms.

Tickets are $1600 to Europe round trip on British Airways and American Airlines right now.

Should I get a DOCSIS III modem?

Episode 1193

Michael from Newport Beach, CA
Asus Router

Michael would like to get a DOCSIS III modem and Leo says to be sure this his cable company enables it on their end when he does. He's also going to want to have a router that can support it, and Leo likes the Asus line. These are DDWRT compatible, and will protect him from the router bug that has hit lately. He should definitely get a good router. It'll be more expensive, but it's worth it.

How can I make my router more secure?

Episode 1192

Marco from Portugal
Asus Router

Marco just heard of yet another router hack called NET USB that is breaking into routers. Leo says that's because most router companies use the same code and it has bad security. The irony is that these hacks don't effect Apple routers like the Airport. So that makes the Airport a better way to go. But they are more expensive. If he can't afford to buy them, then he should get a router that is DDWRT compatible (like Asus), then he can use open source firmware to keep it locked down.