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Security Firm Says Russian Gang Has Stolen Over a Billion Email Passwords

Episode 1108

Password

Security expert named Alex Holden published a report this week saying that a Russian gang has stolen 1.2 Billion email passwords. Leo was initially skeptical, but he knows insiders who have seen the data and he's now convinced it's real. The reason he was skeptical at first was because he was charging $250 for people to check to see if they're on that list. The news was announced at the annual DefCon Hacker convention in Las Vegas.

Why can't I change the password on my Yahoo account?

Andy from Los Angeles, CA

Episode 1107

Andy forgot his password to his Yahoo mail account and he's having trouble resetting it. Leo says the process of answering the secret questions by going to the log in and then click "I can't access my account." You'll then be asked your secret questions. This is also a good idea to add second factor authentication so that when you do reset, it'll let you know via your cellphone. Try that as well.

How can I do off site backup for my clients?

Episode 1107

JC from Mississippi

JC has been requiring his customers to do off site backup. But the problem is, they're all backing up to him and his network! That's getting a bit pricey. He's been thinking about using BitTorrent Sync. Leo says it's an interesting technology which allows data syncs across all bittorrent users. But it's a leap of faith because nobody knows how it really works.

Johnny Jet and Sweet Home Toronto

Episode 1107

Johnny Jet took a bus this week and saved 40% by breaking down his trip into separate one way journeys. And bus travel between Buffalo and Toronto is a better than going by train. But he ran into bad wifi and a few "sketchy characters," so that's something to consider. Sit as close as you can to the driver. And many Canadians take a bus from Toronto to Buffalo in order to grab flights and save on air fare and taxes. Also, it's a good idea to scan your passport and put it somewhere like a thumb drive or online in Evernote. That way if you lose your passport, you can secure a copy.

How can I use XP online safely?

Richard from Huntington Beach, CA

Episode 1107

Richard is having issues connecting to the Internet after cleaning out his computer. It's loaded with Windows XP and he can't download any browsers. Leo says that Microsoft stopped updating Windows XP and if he can't install something like Chrome, then there's a problem that worries Leo. He says he can go onto Google, but can't run Chrome, only Internet Explorer. Leo says that he can use XP online, but only if he's careful. Here are steps to protect yourself since Microsoft has stopped supporting XP:

Longtime Wired Magazine Editor Says Internet Is Still in Early Days

Episode 1106

You Are Not Late

Kevin Kelly, a longtime editor at Wired Magazine, wrote a post on Medium saying that the internet is really only just beginning. "You Are Not Late" is the title of the piece, and he says "Right now, today, in 2014 is the best time to start something on the internet. There has never been a better time in the whole history of the world to invent something."

You Are Not Late by Kevin Kelly…
https://medium.com/message/you-are-not-late-b3d76f963142.

Should I replace my router?

Episode 1106

Ron from North Carolina
Asus AC Router

Ron is buying his wife a new laptop for their anniversary and he's looking at a Lenovo which has AC Wi-Fi. He doesn't think his router can handle it, since it's pretty old. Leo says that routers do wear out and the AC router will give him better reception and speed. Every four or five years, it may be necessary to get a new router.

Johnny Jet

Episode 1105

Johnny Jet lost a credit card a few weeks ago and when he signed into Uber, his account was banned! He just forgot to change the credit card number after cancelling it and then he wouldn't be able to use Uber. So he had to get with the customer service people and it took 24 hours to sort everything out. So the lesson here is, make sure your account is updated when that happens!

Why does my router keep going off line?

Randy from Bakersfield, CA

Episode 1105

Tim is having an issue that he can't connect with his mac. Leo says he should try and reset the router by unplugging it and plugging it back in. If that works, then the router just needed to be reset. But you can also reset the wifi on your laptop by turning it off and on. Tim tried that and it disconnects after a few minutes. Then that indicates a bad router and Tim should contact his ISP to get a replacement.