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Facebook Changes Privacy Settings, Making All Users Searchable

Episode 1021

Facebook has changed their privacy settings, but this time they've eliminated the option to keep your page out of searches. This means that every member on Facebook will turn up in search results, even if they previously chose to not show up. This is largely linked to the graph search.

Leo suggests removing any personal picture if your name is fairly common, lock down your personal settings, and take out any way to contact you through the page. At least that way, you're not making it easy. If you really want to be anonymous, you can always delete your account altogether.

How can I share photos with someone remotely?

Episode 1020

Brad from Atlanta, GA

Brad would like to create a private YouTube channel that will give him the ability to put pictures on it so his elderly Aunt can see them online. Leo says that a better option is an internet enabled smart digital picture frame that he can update remotely. She does have internet access and an HD TV, so could he use the Chromecast to do this? Leo says he could, but Brad would have to travel to his Aunt's and set it up because it would have to see her Wi-Fi. She would have to learn how to access YouTube from the Chromecast, too.

How does a VPN and Encryption work?

Episode 1018

Andrew (Andrew08) from Dayton, OH

Andrew wants to know the benefit of using a VPN. Leo says that a VPN would protect him from local attacks, but it also allows him to burrow a hole though the internet and create a very private, heavily encrypted conversation that no one else could see. Leo also says, though, that the NSA is collecting everything including encrypted activity and storing it should they figure out how to decrypt it in the future.