As 2013 comes to a close, Leo says that privacy, or the loss of it, should be viewed as the topic of the year. As the NSA has spread its reach further into our lives, even the major tech companies have taken out a huge ad campaign to say "stop spying on us." But there's also some nice things about a lack of privacy. Google has created Auto-Awesome Movies, a year end movie of all the photos posted to Google Plus. Leo says it's a great document to show the year, but it's also a horrendous invasion of privacy.
Dana has been using Weebly for storing documents and she's discovered that it isn't very secure. What options are there? Leo says that there's often educational software that she can get to run on her own servers.
Frank has found a folder on his computer that seems to be part of Google, but also has the word malware in it. Leo says that it's Google's anti phishing file folder that's been saved from running Firefox or Chrome. It's a database of sites that are blocked when he's surfing the net. This folder is safe, but it's a good thing that Frank suspected something.
Aaron is having an issue where all of his computers get redirected to "CloudFlair.com" when he tries to access Google. Leo says that Aaron's ISP is doing that. It's a service that specializes in protecting people against attacks. Could he change to OpenDNS? Leo says sure, but he may end up getting a different, but similar message. This is something browsers do with expired or mismatched certificates. Leo says that Aaron should try using Google's DNS, which is 22.214.171.124.
Google bought robotics company Boston Dynamics this week. This is the company that makes the Cheetah robot that can outrun Usain Bolt.
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Carrie is having issues with Google Chrome not loading properly, and reload doesn't really work. Leo says that it sounds like her internet connection is erratic. A loading error usually means the computer can't make a connection. The website may be down as well.
Rene is interested in the Samsung Chromebook, but is wondering what Leo thinks of it. Leo says that they're pretty good, but there's little in the way of software or storage. All work lives in the cloud. The browser is the Chrome OS and that's what she would work on. For most cases, it's fine as she can rely on Google apps. If she wants to do more, though, then it'll be lacking. There's very little she can do offline.
Microsoft has launched a store at Scroogled.com selling T-Shirts and coffee mugs. Microsoft's angle is that Google is reading all of your emails, watching and listening to you all the time. However, Microsoft also reads all of your email in order to fight spam. Leo thinks this is very disingenuous of Microsoft, and it's just a dirty trick.