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How can I listen to The Tech Guy show when its preempted by football?

Episode 1433

Ron from Brea, CA
TuneIn

Ron likes to listen to Leo's show on Sunday, but it gets preempted often for football. Leo says he can use iHeartRadio and listen to the live stream there. Leo says he can also use a Bluetooth speaker so he doesn't have to wear headphones. Or, he can replace his regular radio with an internet radio. They work just like a normal radio but they tune in stations over the internet. He can also program them with Reciva. CCrane makes a good one.

Amazon Echo or Google Home?

Episode 1433

Nancy from Tarzana, CA
Amazon Echo Show

Nancy has an Android phone, her kids have iPhone. Which assistant should she get, Amazon Echo or Google Home? Leo says it doesn't really matter, but for Nancy, using the Google Home would be similar to Android's voice assistant. The Echo has been out for a few years now and it's a mature system, whereas Google Home just came out not long ago. Google Home is better for facts because of its search knowledge. Amazon Echo is better for home automation. It works well with a variety of Internet of Things devices. Google Home isn't quite there yet with Internet of Things.

Why is my cable internet modem so slow?

Episode 1433

Brad from San Clemente, CA
ARRIS SURFboard SB6141 DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem

Brad is getting a new modem with his cable internet provider. Leo suggests buying his own DOCSIS 3 modem. Leo likes the Arris Surfboard. He'll save $10 a month in modem rental fees and it'll make his internet run much faster. He should go to his cable internet provider's website and see what new routers they support. Leo also says he'll need to demand they put him on the DOCSIS 3 switch. If he's been given a new modem, but he's on the same old lane, he's not going to get any faster than he was before.

How can I protect my kids online?

Episode 1432

Ron from Mountain View, CA
Google Family Link

Ron got his granddaughter a Google Tablet and his parents want him to set it up with parental controls. Leo says that there's built-in settings for Google Play. He could also restrict it at the router level using OpenDNS and the router's own settings. This won't help when the phone is taken outside of the home network, however, so here are some options that can run on the phone itself:

Do I really need a router?

Episode 1432

Jim from Long Beach, CA
NETGEAR Nighthawk AC2300 Smart WiFi Router

Jim has an internet enabled TV and he is about to subscribe to the internet, but does he really need a router? Leo says yes! It sits between him and the outside world and rejects security assaults by hackers. The router will also handle multiple devices, so if he has mobile phones, smart devices, a desktop or laptop, he's going to need a router to handle all that traffic. And his internet company will likely give him a router that can handle all that.

Why doesn't two factor authentication work on my Gmail anymore?

Episode 1431

Saren from Los Angeles, CA
Google Authenticator

Saren hasn't been receiving the two factor authentication code he normally gets for his Gmail account. He would normally get it through his Google Voice number. Leo says it's insecure to send those two factor codes through SMS, because someone could spoof his number and get the text message. Google may have even stopped supporting SMS in favor of its Google Authenticator app.

How can I listen to The Tech Guy show on my phone?

Episode 1431

Jerry from Pennsylvania
iHeartRadio

Jerry used to be able to listen to Leo's show on his phone, but he hasn't been able to lately. Leo says that there are dozens of ways to listen to the show and he recommends iHeartRadio to do so. What's happened is that many radio stations have opted not to provide their own streams due to cost. They are more in favor of having it stream from a central app, which is iHeartRadio. Jerry can also listen through TWIT.tv.

Is using your Facebook login for another website safe?

Episode 1430

Ivan from Farmington, MN
Facebook

Ivan wants to know what he's giving away when he logs into a site using his Facebook ID. Leo says that's called Single Sign-on, which makes it easier to sign in. Many services, including Google and Twitter also offer it as a convenience. It's a user verification system that doesn't require him to create an account, nor does it give them access to his account. But it gives Facebook, Google, and Twitter access to more information about where he visits. It's safe to use it, but if he's concerned, he can create a dummy account that he'll only use for that purpose.