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This week marked the annual Day of Action for Net Neutrality designed to lobby the FCC and Congress. Leo says that naturally, most of the broadcasters ignored or gave lip service to covering the event, because they are all tied to major internet providers who "have a dog in this hunt." Leo says that the internet needs to be treated like a utility, something that needs to be open and available to all.
Rick has discovered that people are logging into his Facebook account without his knowledge or consent. Leo says he should change his password immediately and turn on 2-factor authentication. It will prevent another computer from logging into his account, even if they have the password. Facebook also stores a cookie in the browser that will enable him to open Facebook without logging in. So he shouldn't use Facebook on a public computer.
Sue still uses RoboForm as her password manager. Is it still the best option? Leo says that it's the longest going, and still a great product. But it may not be ideal for her mobile device. No password vault is ideal because autofill is a kind of hack on mobile devices. But for a PC, it's great.
Monica bought an Acer Chromebook and she loves it. How can she print, though? Leo says that Google Cloud Print is the way to go. She'll just have to have a cloud print capable printer. With Google Cloud Print, she'll be able to print from any device wherever she is located.
Most printers nowadays are Wi-Fi capable, and many of them also support Apple's AirPrint and Google's Cloud Print. AirPrint and Cloud Print are separate from the printer having wireless capabilities, though, so when buying a printer it's good to check that it can do those things.
Website of the week: TravelCar.com. This gets you free airport parking and 70% off rental cars at the airport. How does it work? You leave your car with them, and then they rent your car while you're gone. It's great for a second hand car. Comes with $1 million of liability insurance. For people who travel a lot, this is a bargain because a lot of times, it doesn't get rented. And you get paid for every mile driven. It just launched at LAX. There are apps on iOS and Android.
Jimmy wants to build a website for his organization. What's the best way to do it? Leo says that he uses WordPress.com. It's easy to use, and would enable him to have a blog. SquareSpace is another, which offers dynamic page templates that are very current and trendy. It's great all-in-one web software. Those are the best two and they offer free trials. WordPress also has a business tier.
There are also non profit services, so Jimmy should look around.
Andrea's mother has problems remembering her passwords. What's the best way to do it? Leo says we all have a problem remembering them, and if it's easy to remember, there's a good chance it will be easily cracked. She'll want her password to be difficult, but by extension, that makes them difficult to remember. Writing them down isn't a bad idea as long as nobody has access to them. A password vault would be a good idea, where she would let the software generate all of her passwords and all she needs to remember is the master password.
Johnny has two websites to share this week. First is Airline Checkins. This automatically checks you in as soon as it opens, giving you the best possible choice of seating. Ideal for first come, first served airlines like Southwest.
The next website is Clear. This prescreens you and allows you to cut the TSA pre-line. It's now in LA and costs $15 a month.
He also has an Apple TV and wants to know if he'll have to upgrade his Apple TV to get Amazon Prime. Leo says no, it's just an app and it will appear in a firmware update or he can download it.
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Aaron is looking for an alternative to Skype for voice over IP (VOIP) calling. Is Google Hangouts a good idea? Leo says that Hangouts is a good option, but Google hasn't been giving it much attention to it as of late and may kill it.