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This week, Evernote announced on their blog that they've been hacked. Fortunately, all hackers were able to get was usernames and passwords. So Evernote too the step of resetting everyone's passwords so that they would have to change their password to get online. (this is called hashing and salting).
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Watch Leo's version of the Harlem Shake on TWiT.
Walt bought a Foscam security camera that he wants to access online. Leo says that Foscam has a built in web server, so he can navigate to it online. It's inside his personal network, though. His choices are to DMZ (or port forward) the Foscam which would open up a port for the Foscam to be accessed. The downside is that TimeWarner may change the personal and public address from time to time. That's where noISP comes in.
John has an iPhone and when he views Photostream on his Windows Machine, they show up upside down! Leo says that it's probably because Windows is ignoring the EXIF data to see how to orient the image. The only fix is to manually rotate it. There is a work around using the Fast Picture Viewer Codec Pack. But it costs $15. At least he can try before he buys, though.
Johnny Jet is going to Europe and he's found a great website for saving money on international travel - Momondo.com. This one site serves over 900 different sites and it not only offers airline, but also train travel. They also bring up the low fare carriers which help you to save a bundle if you're flexible enough.
When Patsy tries going to google.com, her network goes to "Facebook" with a message "unverified server" on all her devices. Leo says there's a chance her home network has been hacked. She should not log into Facebook. It makes sense that Google gets redirected so she can't figure out a solution to her problem. The chatroom says that it could be her DNS server. They advise going to http://18.104.22.168/, and if Google pops up, then there's a DNS issue. If it doesn't, then it may be the DNS has been changed on the router.
Steve is getting DNS errors and his internet connection is slowing to a crawl. Leo says it's likely a flakey cable modem. He advises taking the modem to the Comcast cable store and telling them it's broken. Ask them for a DOCSIS 3. It's fast and more reliable. Or, he can just buy a modem and avoid the monthly rental fee.
If that doesn't fix it, it could be malware. It is not unusual for malware to modify DNS. If he can't get to an antivirus page, that's often a sign of malware.
Leo's favorite information and note taking app, Evernote, has been hacked in what appears to be a coordinated attack. According to the Evernote Blog, "The investigation has shown, however, that the individual(s) responsible were able to gain access to Evernote user information, which includes usernames, email addresses associated with Evernote accounts and encrypted passwords. Even though this information was accessed, the passwords stored by Evernote are protected by one-way encryption.
David has heard about ClearBand wireless internet called OMGFast for $29.99 a month for 50MBPS. Leo says it's essentially WiMax and suggests going to BroadbandReports.com to find out what others think and get reviews. Users are reporting a constant 45-55mbps down, 4mbps up consistently. Latency isn't great for real time gaming or VOIP.