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Naomi wants to change her router name, and is wondering what else she can do to secure it. Leo says to avoid personal details, and avoid using the name of the router. Leo uses the names of rock stars. She can really name it anything, even "FBI Surveillance Van." If she configures it properly, it's as secure as wired, just not as fast. For pure performance online, she should use a wired connection through Ethernet. If she doesn't need the wireless, then just disable it in the settings.
Leo's list of what to do to lock down your Wi-Fi router:
Mike wants to know if there is any one service that can offer all his entertainment needs: music, movies, tv shows, eBooks, audio books, etc. Leo says that Apple and Amazon would probably be the closest, but the entertainment world is pretty fragmented between Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Audible, and others. Leo says that people are basically used to the idea of paying several smaller fees a month instead of one large cable bill. The irony is, people aren't really saving anything, which was the main force driving cord cutting.
Georgia Tech has accepted 375 candidates to take their first online Masters Degree course in Computer Science in a partnership with Udacity. Leo says it'll be a fifth of the cost of going to the campus, and that the internet is revolutionizing education.
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Torri says that Outlook won't allow her to send out mass mailings anymore. Leo says that's a security feature to guard against Spam. He suggests a service like Constant Contact or Mail Chimp. They're commercial services that can bypass the restrictions by Outlook or her ISP, and will allow her to keep contact with her clientele. Mail Chimp is free for a certain number, and then they charge. Constant Contact is a paid service. Both are excellent.
Jim had a hard drive crash and now that he's restored his data, his file sharing is horribly slow. Leo says that could be due to a problem with the file sharing servers, but if they're working OK with other computers, it may be a bad restore. Leo says it could also be a security issue in Windows or even the router itself. Jim should try bypassing the router to see if it works better. If so, a reset of the router may fix the issue.
This week, the US appeals court struck down the FCC's net neutrality rules. Louis says that the Net Neutrality was executed like a mob hit in a Scorsesse film. Leo says we're seeing a movement of closing the Internet to prevent it from relying on the free flow of bits. Leo says that Verizon and other carriers would like to control access and profit from it, which is a bad thing. Leo says that the battle may have been lost this week, but the war is far from over.
Thomas wants to host a Minecraft server for his friends. Is port forwarding secure? Port forwarding is where you tell the router to send traffic coming in from a specific port to a certain machine. This limits a little bit of the potential damage from opening up a server to the outside world, but it will ultimately depend on that Minecraft server to be secure. It's important that Thomas keeps his Minecraft server secure and up to date. If someone can figure out how to get around his network via the server, he could infect his network.
John takes music lessons on the internet to play the harmonica. The teacher uses Adobe's Meeting, but he has extreme latency issues. Leo says it could be hardware, but more likely it's the ISP's data flow rate with Adobe. It's causing a delay from Adobe to John and back. Leo suggests doing PingTest.net to see what the latency is. If it looks good, then the problem is with Adobe.
According to this article, offices in London's Brent Council have replaced their receptionists with a holographic one that can answer limited questions and interact with people. Leo says it sounds like a scene from a bad science fiction movie.
Johnny was in Hawaii and wanted to try and get bumped off the flight like he talked about last week. All they would offer was $300 and so he passed on it.
Here's a good app: Help Call. $2.99 for iOS. It provides 911 in 126 countries. It will connects you directly to local police, fire, ambulance or a friend.