Internet and Web

How does Google Voice work?

Episode 1364

Gary from San Diego, CA
Google Voice

Gary wants to know about Google Voice with the Pixel phone. Leo says that Google Voice started as GrandCentral, which he used to use for his office. Then Google bought it and created a central phone hub for everyone. It gives you a new universal number and then rings different phones until it finds you. It also has custom voicemail boxes for people in your contact list, strangers, close friends, and unknown. It also sends you a text message with the voicemail. And it's free to use.

How can I listen to the radio with terrible reception?

Episode 1362

Ray from Playa Del Rey, CA
Amazon Echo Dot

Ray can't get a decent AM radio signal where he lives. What can he do? Leo says that streaming is a better option. He can stream using iHeartRadio, Tune In, or even just going to a station's website. Or he can get a better AM antenna that he can plug into his radio. CCrane is the best place to go.

Another idea is to get an Amazon Echo Dot, hook it up to the stereo, and then listen to radio that way.

Has my Gmail account been hacked?

Episode 1362

Charles from Vienna, VA
Gmail Logo

Every time Charles tries to open Gmail on his Google Nexus, it wants him to sign in. He's suspicious that someone may have hacked his account. Leo says that there's a lot of reasons to be advised of that, but it's always wise to run Google's Security Checkup just to be safe. It'll tell him what devices are connected to his account and also input a second factor authentication warning.

How can I protect my elderly mother from online scams?

Kathleen from San Diego, CA

Episode 1361

Kathleen's elderly Aunt has a Windows computer which she uses to access Facebook and then Outlook for email. Her problem is that she has had a ton of malware and phishing scams that have cost her a lot of money. Leo says that the elderly have always been easy prey to scam artists. It won't happen on a Chromebook though, and she should really have her get one. Leo says to be her administrator and give her a regular user account. But even at the end of the day, that won't stop her from calling a number.

What happened to my Documents folder on macOS?

Episode 1361

Doug from Hollywood, CA
macOS Sierra

Doug recently updated to macOS 10.12.3 and now he's getting a lot of beach balling. Leo says that Apple made a change to macOS that turns the Documents folder into an iCloud folder, and Apple never warned anyone about it. Fortunately, he can turn it off in the System Preferences. That's probably where the problem lies. What Apple has discovered is that they make almost as much from services like iCloud as they do from selling iPhones. So they're more likely driving him towards putting all of his data in the cloud so he'll have to buy more space.