Internet and Web

Your internet connection, web sites and services.

How can I stop robocalls?

Robo Calls

Episode 1722

Roger from North Hollywood, CA

Roger is getting phone calls saying that his car warranty is about to expire. Leo says that those Robo Calls are phishing scams designed to get you to buy something. Leo advises putting your phone number on the national DoNotCall list and see if your phone carrier offers a blocked call service to prevent them from calling you back. And if you have an iPhone, you can block the phone caller directly. But it's kinda like playing wackamole because most of them spoof their caller ID or just change the outgoing number.

Social Media Is Becoming a Tool for Propaganda, Pushing Towards the Extremes

TikTok

Episode 1722

Leo says that because Social Media algorithms are designed to keep followers engaged, the various platforms are actually becoming tools for propaganda (no matter which side of an issue you're on), pushing people towards extremes. Can we use our own common sense to avoid the trap while online? Leo says we can, but the algorithms are making it difficult.

What's a Good Solution for Wifi on the Road?

mifi

Episode 1721

Ken from Ogden, UT

Ken is starting a new business from his truck (he's a truck driver). Leo says it's amazing that he can make that kind of transition and do it from the road so easily. All he really needs to have is an idea and the gumption to make it a reality. There's no better time to do it. But Ken is worried about how consistent the internet access will be on the road since he'll need to access his data in the cloud. And what laptop and modem to buy for it? 

Johnny Jet ... On Hold

Johnny Jet

Episode 1721

Johnny Jet put a flight reservation on hold this week to Florida after seeing the weather and the news a hurricane was coming. That's why he advises to always check with the Weather report in the area you're traveling to before booking.

In other travel news, Google Maps now gives up to the minute updates of the wildfires and will warn you with information on how to evacuate. 

How Can I Increase the Range of My WiFi Router?

RadioLabs.com

Episode 1721

G. Scott from Finland, MN

G. Scott calls back in to find out how to improve his WiFi Range around his land. His garage and shed are over 50 feet from the house. Leo says his favorite website for WiFi Antennas is RadioLabs.com. They sell WiFi equipment for that very need. And they aren't too expensive either. Would Mesh work? Leo says not really. Not for huge distances. It's more for coverage around the house where a satellite receiver can help in dead zones or congestion.

Should I keep FIOS for my internet?

Verizon FIOS

Episode 1718

Dan from New Jersey

Dan's phone contract and his FIOS contract have both expired. So he's thinking what's next. Leo says that if you get good fiber speed, there's nothing faster. It really comes down to how much they charge for the speed you want. And then how much they say it is, vs. how much you are actually getting. $49 for 200MB down is not bad. Gigabit would be even better because it's symmetric (same up/down) for about $60 a month.

Is Amazon Photos Good for Storing Images in the Cloud?

Amazon Photos

Episode 1717

Al from Upland, CA

Al and his wife have decided to move everything up to the cloud and use a smaller Mac Air instead of his huge 27" iMac. He's uploaded everything up to Amazon. Will that be safe? Leo says it will, but it's a smart idea to have more than one backup option. Make a local backup copy and a second service in the cloud. Leo recommends Google Photos because it's free. If Al has iCloud, then he can turn on Cloud syncing and then sync them all. He can then optimize storage in Apple Photos and it'll eliminate the high res versions until he needs them, but he can still see them in Photos.