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Cindy has two email addresses, one for business, one for personal. Her Apple mail program always confuses business and personal. Leo says that most email programs have a setting for delegation, which allows you to delegate which email you want to reply from. Go into the composing settings of Apple Mail and you'll be able to select which message address you want to send from. Also reply from. Also make sure you have outgoing mail servers for both accounts and that's in the account section. Make sure you have SMTP set for both outbound. IMAP for incoming.
Carlos has recently updated to Windows 10, but whenever he plugs into his Ethernet cable, it disconnects and defaults to WiFi. Leo says that in network settings you can prioritize your connections. So just make sure your ethernet connection has a higher priority than your wireless connection. You can also just turn off your wireless. Another thing that can cause problems is IPV6 compatibility. So turn that off.
Mike wants to expand the range of his television by streaming via the Internet. Leo says that since Mike wants to play internet radio through his home theater system, then Chromecast Audio would be the best option. You can then browse to the Internet radio station (if supported) and then connect to it. Roku has a lot more, but if you have to get a website up to stream with it, then Chromecast is the simplest way to go. If you want to connect your computer to it, then using Miracast would work. But at $35, Chromecast is a better option.
Chris has been doing online chat with his parents for years via iChat. Now it doesn't work. What gives? Leo says that Apple killed iChat back in OS X.7. You use Messages now, which can be a bit confusing. But it works. But you may have to upgrade. Can he go straight OS X El Capitan? Leo says Chris will need to add the app store first. But it it won't download, it may be that your computer isn't compatible. But upgrade as far as you can.
Gary has a ton of devices attached to his network, including home automation devices. Leo calls it the "Internet of things," where all those devices are accessible to the Internet. But is it secure? Leo says it's possible that your network can be breached through them, but that's theoretical. it hasn't happened yet. More likely you're router will be overwhelmed by all the connections. So it may be time to upgrade it.
Johnny got a free upgrade on a seat flying the day after Thanksgiving. JJ says that this is a great time to fly because most people are sticking around for a day or two after Thanksgiving. So there's plenty of seats on flights the day after.
Travel News - Marriot bought Starwood hotels, making it the largest hotel chain in the world. Johnny says that Starwood's rewards program is far superior than Marriots and hopefully, they won't screw that up.
Travel tip - clear your browser at check out. Sign out, Sign in. It'll give you a lower price.
Peter wants to get some internet enabled security cameras. Leo likes the Nest (formerly DropCam). Check out the Wirecutter. They have a great roundup on internet enabled security cameras. They like the NestCam, and the NetGear Arlo. AXIS makes excellent professional grade IP cameras. Nest records in the cloud and you can go back into time to see what happened on any given date. You have to pay for it, but it's a great feature.
Mark wants to know if he can password protect individual folders in DropBox. Leo says that may be a paid feature. One thing you can do is password protect or encrypt the files themselves.But that could get in the way of the file sync feature. Another option is Sharefile.
Gregor wants a custom email address. Does he need a website for that? Leo says no. He'll just need the domain name. Then he can forward all the mail that comes to his custom domain to any email provider he wants. Leo advises going to Hover.com and signing up for his domain name there. He can enter what he'd like and it'll make suggestions of available domain names.
Doug does a lot of traveling on the road and he uses a open Wi-Fi hotspots a lot. He's worried about the security of using those hotspots, though. Leo says that using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a good solution, as it burrows a secure tunnel through the hotspot so that all of his data is encrypted. He'd be totally safe and secure. The downside though it that using a VPN will slow him down a lot, and they are a challenge for some to set up. And the reality is, more and more of what he'll be doing online is encrypted anyway.