data security

Is my data safe in the cloud?

Episode 1365

Alan from Santa Rosa, CA
Samsung Chromebook Plus

Alan wants a Chromebook, but he doesn't want to save his banking data in the web. What can he do? Alan can store locally if he has network attached storage, but then he'll have to make sure he can sync properly. The Cloud is safe, especially with the Chromebook. Google does a very good job with security. It's a lot safer than a Windows machine. And Alan should remember, his ISP sees everything and saves everything anyway.

How can I securely transfer large data files?

Rich from Tuscon, AZ

Episode 1312

Rich wants to know how to transfer large files like audio books. Leo says that audio books aren't that big. But Rich still wants to know how he can he securely transfer them to his publisher without them being corrupted or pirated. Leo says that's a common issue. He shouldn't attach it in an email. Rich should send a link to the file that's located on a drive like Google Drive, ShareFile, or DropBox.

Would Apple prompt me to change my Apple ID Password?

Dan from Fresno, CA

Episode 1295

Dan was using his iPhone 5s and he got a message that someone is trying to sign into a device using his Apple ID. Apple says that they don't send out messages like that. Leo says that isn't really accurate as he's gotten those as well. Any time you sign into a new device, you get that message. If it comes with a suggestion to change the password, however, then that could be a ploy to steal his Apple ID from a browser. He should never do that.

Do I need a router to use my phone as a hotspot?

Episode 1124

Laurie from Glendale, CA
Cell Phone Tower

Laurie wants to know if she needs a router to use her phone as a hotspot. Leo says no, the phone acts as a router. Her speeds will depend on how many devices she's using with that hotspot, and how many other people are using that tower. Laurie uses it because it's cheaper than paying for internet access at home. Leo also says that mobile phone operating systems are also more secure than desktops.

How can I protect myself from the Target breach?

Greg from Canoga Park, CA

Episode 1041

Greg was one of the victims of the Target credit card compromise. Leo says he wants to know how he found out. He said he found a bunch of small charges on his Target Debit Card. Leo says he uses American Express and he gets a "physical card not used" alert every time an online purchase is made. That's a nice feature of AmEx. Leo says that if we as consumers start calling our banks asking for increased security measures, they may start implementing that more. Chase bank will send an email or text whenever the credit card is used, according to the chatroom.