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Security and Privacy
JR wants to know what the difference is between Windows Defender and Windows Security Essentials. Leo says that Defender is the Windows 8 version of Security Essentials, although there is an older version of Defender that's before Windows 7. For Windows 7, Leo advises staying with Security Essentials. If JR wants to pay, Eset's Nod 32 is far superior.
(Disclaimer: ESET is a sponsor).
Andrew X and Jared Story of ILockOut are joining us to talk about a call Leo got a few weeks ago from a caller who said someone contacted him to say they can clean up his infected website. Andrew got started as a web designer who noticed a trend a few years ago of more and more websites getting infected. Now there's over a million sites on Google's blacklist. So he did something about it.
Leo's Mom wants to do something that many users probably want to do -- see other Facebook accounts without being public themselves. Facebook hides the ability to do this, and the default when creating an account is to be public. Here's how to make an account that's as private as possible:
Create a Facebook page that has no information in it, not even a photo. It may even be a good idea to lie about your age and say you're 100 years old.
Next, go into the Facebook account settings > Privacy. There are a couple of categories with a few options under each.
Patrick got bit by the FBI virus which theatens to prosecute you. Leo says that is ransomware scam which says if you send a MoneyPak card to them, they'll unlock your computer and leave you alone. It's designed to use fear and make people act without thinking and just pay them. And it's costing people millions annually. If you get any virus, the only real way to get rid of it is to backup your data (if you can) and then format the hard drive and reinstall Windows from a known, good source. DO NOT EVER PAY A HACKER TO UNLOCK YOUR COMPUTER!
Ben is using LastPass and he's wondering if it's secure if he makes up all the passwords. Leo suggests having LastPass generate all the passwords so he doesn't have to make up or input them. It has a built in password generator to help. Also, he should install the browser extension and get the app for his smartphone.
Louis is concerned with privacy and Google Glass. He's seen interviews with journalists like Robert Scoble who have admitted to wearing them while going into public bathrooms. Leo says that one of the features of taking images is a very loud audible click and having to verbally say "take image." It's designed so the subject knows that they're being imaged. What about video? Leo says that there should be a red light.
While it's likely that the terrorists learned how to build their bombs from information found on the Internet, it was the high resolution security cameras, thermal imaging, and personal cellphone cameras that helped identify the Boston Bombers to ultimately bring them to justice.
Privacy advocates are very worried that there's no more privacy in a society that has security cameras everywhere, but Leo says that maybe we have to rethink that since those cameras were instrumental in finding the Boston Marathon bombers.
Stan has a VueZone WiFi security camera. He says it's easy to install and works great. Leo says while it's simple to install, the VueZone won't screen continuously, nor could he record from it. It can only be powered when it's being accessed.
Josh is trying to boot up his mother's PC and it seems to be locked. Leo says it sounds like the BIOS lock is engaged, but it wants him to buy a MoneyPak card and send it to the Department of Justice.
Ann has Cricket Wireless and she's seeing other connections on her system. Leo says to make sure that her OS is updated and her AntiVirus is up to date. Also, she should go into the settings of the Cricket Router and make it private so that no one will see it. She can do it by typing the address of the router into her browser (most routers are 192.168.1.1, but she should consult her manual for this).