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Billy is getting a new Windows 8 desktop and wants to be sure he sets it up with the proper security. Leo says that Microsoft is now bundling Windows Defender (formerly called Security Essentials) with Windows 8, so he'll be protected as long as he keeps it up to date. There are other things he can do to protect yourself more, though:
Explaining that he had no choice but to pay Comcast's "toll" to allow users to stream Netflix content, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings blasted the cable company for anti-competitive behavior. "The essence of net neutrality is that ISPs such as AT&T and Comcast don't restrict, influence or otherwise meddle with the choices consumers make," wrote Hastings on the Netflix blog. "The traditional form of net neutrality which was recently overturned by a Verizon lawsuit is important, but insufficient."
Steve loves watching Netflix but he's not getting a consistent connection. Leo says that consistency is the key for Netflix streaming. Steve's provider may be artificially slowing down the service in order to make him want to buy their competing services. That's what Comcast did. He could try using a wired connection instead of than Wi-Fi. Steve can also try using AppleTV. The streaming is far better because Apple routes the streaming through their own data center.
Johnny Jet flew Down Under to Australia to watch a special baseball that matched the LA Dodgers against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Johnny has a fun app called Quiz Up, which helps wile away the hours while traveling. Leo says he loves Quiz up and gets thousands of challenges. Leo also says you have to make sure you have a good internet connection, so it may not be ideal for traveling. Leo advises 2048 and Rails. Both are fun, but addicting.
Mark hears that XP will stop being supported. Leo says yes, on April 8th Microsoft will release it's last security update. So what would be his options after that? He's on a budget and can't buy a new computer. Leo says that Linux is a good option, and it's often more secure. Leo says that Mark could also just continue to use XP if he takes steps and knows what he's doing.
Here's what Mark can do:
Jerry is looking at the Nokia Lumia 2520 for about $90 plus activation. Will he be able to use his other devices with it? Leo says that the deal will only be for internet access to the tablet, not any other option. Jerry would have to hotspot that, which would cost extra and blow through his data cap. One option though is a MiFi wireless access card. That would allow for sharing data to up to 5 different devices. Generally speaking, they're faster, more expensive, and more consistent.
There's a new phishing scam on that spoofs the safari apple.com address. Note the address looks like safari.apple.com but it's really "com-rewards.in." Leo says to look at the top of your browser and you'll see where it really comes from. Never buy into a promise of a "special gift," either. That's almost always a scam.
Chris' Network Solutions email account has thousands of emails and he's having trouble with them getting to his iPhone. He wants to clear them all without having to delete one at a time.
Vlad wants to know if there's anything he can do to get his data on his computer and print a hard copy of it. Leo says that Vlad should use Google to sync everything. That way he'll have a copy of it everywhere: on his phone, online, and on the desktop. Google will sync it seamlessly, and it's by far the easiest way to do it. But Vlad doesn't want to give Google all that information. Leo says that using the S4 gives Google everything anyway, as does Vlad's ISP, so it's a moot point.