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How can I keep using Windows XP safely after April 8?

Episode 1067

Mark from Indio, CA
Microsoft Windows XP

Mark hears that XP will stop being supported. Leo says yes, on April 8th Microsoft will release it's last security update. So what would be his options after that? He's on a budget and can't buy a new computer. Leo says that Linux is a good option, and it's often more secure. Leo says that Mark could also just continue to use XP if he takes steps and knows what he's doing.

Here's what Mark can do:

Can I use my tablet's data plan with other devices?

Episode 1067

Jerry from Santa Ana, CA
Nokia Lumia 2520

Jerry is looking at the Nokia Lumia 2520 for about $90 plus activation. Will he be able to use his other devices with it? Leo says that the deal will only be for internet access to the tablet, not any other option. Jerry would have to hotspot that, which would cost extra and blow through his data cap. One option though is a MiFi wireless access card. That would allow for sharing data to up to 5 different devices. Generally speaking, they're faster, more expensive, and more consistent.

How can I sync my Android without Google getting the data?

Episode 1067

Vlad from California
Samsung Galaxy S4

Vlad wants to know if there's anything he can do to get his data on his computer and print a hard copy of it. Leo says that Vlad should use Google to sync everything. That way he'll have a copy of it everywhere: on his phone, online, and on the desktop. Google will sync it seamlessly, and it's by far the easiest way to do it. But Vlad doesn't want to give Google all that information. Leo says that using the S4 gives Google everything anyway, as does Vlad's ISP, so it's a moot point.

Secret App Allows Users to Post Anonymously

Episode 1066

Secret - Speak Freely

iPhone app "Secret" allows users to share posts anonymously with friends. After its installed, it looks at your contact list, and will show you whether secrets come from a friend, a friend of a friend, or someone else. It also allows you to comment anonymously on secrets. This is a new category for anonymous apps, and there's a debate going on about whether or not this is encouraging a lot of negative behavior.

Johnny Jet

Episode 1066

Johnny Jet is in Australia for the official first game of the 2014 Baseball Season, as the Dodgers play the Arizona Diamond Backs "down under." Leo wants to know what the trick is for jet lag. Johnny says that everyone is different and he suggests getting on local time as soon as you can. Stay awake during the flight, so that when you get where you're going, you can get some sleep. He also advises taking a walk when you get where you're going and to take a hot shower before going to bed.