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John wants to lock down his internet for his kids. Leo says that the trick is to block it with OpenDNS from the router itself. Change the DNS settings on the router to block it. Then he'll need to lock it down on his system to prevent changes.
Tyler is in a rock band and they're recording their first album. They want to release a few songs for free on their website, but they're having trouble offering free downloads over iOS. Leo says that iOS can play MP3s, but it's hard to get mobile apps to talk to one another. Leo advises putting them on SoundCloud. It's a good place to do it because he can do it for free. And SoundCloud has an app that people can use to play the songs on mobile as well.
Joe and his wife are going on a long cross country trip and they want to put Wi-Fi in their car. How can they do it? Leo says that the MiFi is a great option because it connects to 4G/LTE and would allows them to connect up to 6 different devices at once. The trick is to go with the wireless company that has the best coverage where traveling. That's likely going to be Verizon.
John's niece just got an iPod Touch and she wants to message her parents who have Android phones. What are her options? Leo says that Apple has really screwed this up by not making iMessages apps for other platforms like Android. It's a great idea to save money, but Apple has forced users to use the same platform, and it's not possible to text an Android phone with it. That means that they'll have to use a third party messaging app. Leo likes Telegram.
Richard is starting a drop shipping business and wants to know about eCommerce options. Leo says that Amazon is the first option that leaps to mind.
Eric from Chino, CA called to recommend that Richard call his local unified school district to find out who's good. He should ask for the purchasing department and ask for a list of drop shippers.
Johnny just got back from TBEX (Travel Bloggers Exchange) and had a great time. This week he's talking about getting cheap fares for holiday travel. It's not too late to get a great deal for the holidays if you try the following tricks including:
Steve has a cabin in the woods, but he has no TV or internet access due to living in a remote area. What are his options? Leo says that wireless internet is Steve's only real option. He has two alternatives - satellite or 4G/LTE. He can check out WISPs or Wireless Internet Service Providers, but the problem with all of these are: 1) they're expensive, 2) they have bandwidth caps, and 3) they require specialized equipment.
Greg is worried he's going to be nailed by Cyptowall. If he were to be infected, would he have some warning? Leo says you can sometimes see it happening, but it doesn't give you a warning. It's not instant though, in that it takes time to encrypt the data and if he has a hot backup, always backing up, the encrypted files can infect the backup. Having an offline backup will guard against that.
Louis is disappointed that this year at South by Southwest they cancelled discussions about Gamergate. He finds it sad that people are cowards and shrink away from internet bullies and trolls. Leo agrees and says that Gamergate came about because hardcore gamers decided that anyone changing gaming, especially women, were the enemy. As such, they've taken to the Internet to bully them online, mostly through Twitter.
Michael uses the Safari browser, but it slows to a crawl and the pages time out. Leo says that if he uses a five year old computer, modern sites are going to be a challenge. One thing could be to use a different browser. Michael could download Chrome and see if he has the same problem. If he doesn't, then he'll know the problem is Safari. If the problem persists, then he can look at his connection. Leo also suggests trying an ad blocker to eliminate ads from loading. That'll make it easier. He should also check that Safari is up to date. He may need to update OS X to do that.