Bob is looking for a good security camera with nightvision that he can monitor over the Internet. Which ones are the best for the money? Leo has a few choices, but he suggests checking for security issues because some are easily hacked. Here are Bob's options:
Facebook has updated their privacy policies yet again. Leo says "good luck trying to find it." Leo says that Facebook makes the maze of privacy policies difficult on purpose so users won't refuse to allow their personal information from being used. Now they have made it explicit that a user's name can be used in ads. Leo says that's ridiculous, but it is a free service.
Steve lives 30 miles outside of LA and he's stuck using Dish. All he watches are movies and Network news. Leo says that he could cut the cord, but he doesn't have great Internet access. He has DSL that's fast enough to stream, so he wants to know if he needs anything else but the Chromecast to stream content. Leo says that Chromecast has an app. He can turn his TV to the Chromecast player and then enter the Wi-Fi access configuration information.
Eileen is interested in VPN services when she goes to China. Leo says that in many cases, the Chinese government will block VPNs and in some cases, it could put up a red flag. Leo spent a few weeks in China a few years back and access to different social media comes and goes. There's a great Wikipedia Page which lists what works and what doesn't. Another good one is GreatFire.org.
Greg has created a network for his office, but Time Warner Cable is dragging its feet installing his phones. So, he's been looking into Clear Wi-Max via cell phone. Leo says that it works as long as he has a line of site to the base station.
Doug moved into a different building in his apartment complex. Now he can't use DSL Extreme because they don't have the wires installed. He's angry that DSL Extreme charged him a cancellation fee. Leo says to be fair, it wasn't DSL Extreme's fault. It's the apartment complex. If he's nice and talk to either tech support or a manager and explain the issue, they may take help him. It's important to understand that this isn't their fault, though.
Time Warner Cable has dropped CBS in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas after CBS asked for a 600% increase in their licensing fees. They also took off CBS' other cable networks including Showtime.
CBS responded by blocking Time Warner Internet customers trying to stream CBS content. Leo says we've seen this kind of brinksmanship before as both sides angle. Leo says it's like dinosaur's fighting and there's no winners, especially the consumers.
David has trouble with cellular on his property and he needs a signal extender. Leo suggests a MicroCell from AT&T (also known as a FemToCel). It connects to his internet and becomes it's own cell site. Then, while he's at home, he can use his internet connection as a cellular connection.
Martin is having trouble connecting to the Internet with Internet Explorer. It always asks him what to connect with. Leo says that IE is messed up and that using Chrome or Firefox would be a good way to eliminate that as the culprit. If that's not fixing the issue, then Leo suspects that Martin's laptop may have malware on it and that's preventing connection, or potentially a hardware problem.
If you saw tons of fruit pictures in your Instagram feed, it was because of a hack the prompted many users to change their passwords. While it's amusing to some degree, Leo thinks there could be more than meets the eye to this. It begs the question of how a fruit spammer could have gotten access to so many accounts in the first place.