Internet and Web

Your internet connection, web sites and services.

What is Bitcoin?

Episode 1423

George from Santa Monica, CA
Bitcoin

George keeps hearing about BitCoin and how much the price keeps going up. What gives it that value? Leo says nothing but sheer belief. BitCoin is crypto currency, which are essentially digital dollars that don't exist outside of a computer. You can't really take it and spend it at the local store unless the store takes it. But even a dollar bill isn't really anything but a fiat currency that the government says it's worth. The value of a dollar, or any other currency, changes all the time. It's fluid. So BitCoin is just an extreme version of that.

How can I create group email lists in Gmail?

Episode 1421

Will from Bradford, PA
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Will's mom works for a Church and she's looking for a way to access groups in Gmail when she creates group emails. She can't do it on her iPad. Leo has a crazy workaround: Create a comma-separated list of emails for a single contact. That single contact then becomes a mailing list. Leo says, however, that using Gmail to maintain the groups is not the best option, because it could be viewed as a spam mail. So Leo suggests a mailing list management service like Constant Contact or Mail Chimp.

Equifax Executives Profit

Episode 1421

http://www.equifax.com/about-equifax/corporate-leadership

Equifax was recently hacked and over 143 million people had their credit information stolen. Even worse, Equifax executives sat on the news for five weeks while many executives sold stock before it would tank. Leo says that this was insider trading plain and simple. Equifax has a higher duty to protect user credit information because we are required to have our credit monitored. They had one job: Protect the data that they gathered without our permission.

Can I own my own modem?

Episode 1419

Cecil from Hemet, CA
Motorola Surfboard DOCSIS III

Cecil has been dealing with issues with Spectrum and he's replaced the router. Can he replace the modem too? Leo says yes. He can buy his own modem and save himself a $10 a month rental charge in the process. He'll want to check with Spectrum to see what routers Spectrum supports, and based on those, he can buy his own. Most support the Surfboard DOCSIS III. There's also the NETGEAR Nighthawk.

How can I reset my browser?

Joe from Knoxville, TN

Episode 1419

Joe uses Internet Explorer 11 for his surfing because of work, and he's having issues when trying to download an image. He gets tabs that popup when he hovers over the pictures. What is that? Leo says that's likely because of an extension and Leo recommends resetting his browser, which will remove all extensions.

The chatroom says that Internet Explorer has a display accelerator button on the selection menu that could be causing it. Leo advises going into Internet Options, then the Advanced tab. Then he should look at the browsing extensions and uncheck the ones he doesn't want.