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Steve wants to know if so called clickbait stories are a good way to advertise. Leo says no. In fact, they will do the opposite and give him a bad reputation. People think that clickbait stories are bad advertising and have begun to consider them fake news. It's better to invest in Google Ad Words. There's no better advertising than word of mouth, so he'll want to zealously guard that.
Seth used to work in the film industry and the backup storage that they have is up to 10 petabytes of storage and growing. A single film digitized can generate 4TB of space at 5-6K resolution. Leo says that's really not bad because storage is pretty cheap these days for maintaining archives.
Paul can't get into his business Facebook account and he doesn't know how he can get help with Facebook. Leo says that all he can do is contact Facebook. Paul should check out this help page at facebook.com for more.
Sherry is concerned because her personal information from public records show up in Google search results. Leo says that if it's public information, the only thing she can do is go to each site and demand they make her information private. But these days, it's easy to harvest that information from government sources online. And new sites pop up all the time. Privacy is really an illusion now. That's why celebrities usually create holding companies and make all their asset purchase through them, so that the paper trail is minimal.
Website of the Week - The cheapest place to find a rental car is AutoSlash. You can get a quote that is based on membership in organizations or club memberships to get better discounts. If you book, it'll keep pricing out every day until the price drops and then they will rebook you until you leave. You can also forward your existing reservation to them and they will track it for a better deal.
The news came out this week that Kaspersky AntiVirus may be linked to Russian spying of both the Russian Government and the FSB. Kaspersky has responded by offering free antivirus in the hope that people will see that as a legitimate solution. Leo wants to know if anyone will use it. It could contain time released malware that could wreak havoc.
Ken is tired of having to weed through fake news stories while online. Leo says that fake news is more than just a problem in politics. Click Bait is another version of fake news designed to drive traffic to a website to make money. Ken would like to see a fact checking plugin for the browser that would fact check an article instantly when a user clicks on it.
The Chinese government made using a Virtual Private Network a crime this week. Microsoft and Apple moved quickly to remove any VPN software from their Chinese App Store. These companies have to obey the law in China if they want to do business there. So both are supporting the censorship, whereas Google still leaves things wide open.
This week was the annual DefCon hackers convention in Las Vegas and Leo says that hackers are now more interested in creating hacks for the government, where they can make more money than hacking online. They also created a 3D printed robot that was able to crack a safe in 30 minutes. Leo says it's not super practical, but still cool.