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Terry wants to know if there's a way he can get a discount on Lynda.com. Leo says he can get a free trial, but isn't sure about a discount on it. Leo recommends checking out iTunes U, since there are a million free courses there, many of them from universities. For casual use, he should start with iTunes U and Kahn Academy. Another option is to look for tutorials on YouTube.
Back in 2013, in what has been the largest hacking theft in history, hackers used malware to break into the computer networks of several major banks and stole over $300 million worldwide, and could actually be three times as large, the largest theft in history. No bank has come forward claiming they were victims and security firm Kaspersky has been retained to investigate. Leo says these attacks happen all the time and that Banks cover it up to prevent clients losing faith in the institution. How did it happen? It appears to be the old phishing scam with bank employees as the target.
Pinterest has banned all affiliate links from its site. Affiliate links allow online retailers to track who referred them to their site, and would pay a small amount to the referrer as a result. Pinterest claims this was done because it was "causing a poor user experience," according to a spokesman. Read the full article at Recode.net.
Larry has a Samsung tablet and he'd like to watch YouTube videos without using Wi-Fi. Is there something that will allow him to cache the videos locally? Leo says that there are a number of sites that would allow him to do this. An app called TubeSock Pro will do it. KeepVid.com is a website where can input the link and it will give him download options.
Other sites include:
United had a glitch this week selling business class tickets to Europe for $85, which they didn't honor, and people are outraged. Johnny agreed with United because it was a glitch that people were taking advantage of fraudulently. American Airlines is still selling fares to Europe for a dollar plus taxes and fuel surcharges. But they're doing it deliberately to compete with Norwegian Airlines.
This week's travel app - BestParking. It has the most convenient and cheapest places to park in 80 cities around the country.
Ross Ulbricht, creator of the "Silk Road," an internet black market for illegal drugs and weapons, has been arrested in the San Francisco library.
Silk Road Creator Found Guilty of Cybercrimes (WSJ)…
Tamar has been using AT&T for 15 years and she's been thinking of changing her internet service provider. She wants to know if she can keep her AT&T email, though. Leo says no. That's an AT&T domain name and as such, once she cancels her account, the email will get shut down.
Tamar wants to move to Time Warner Cable, but she doesn't want to get rid of her TV service through DirecTV. Leo says she doesn't have to have cable TV through Time Warner, she could just get internet. It may cost her about $10-20 more, though.
Bob is going to be traveling overseas and he'll be using his iPhone 5 while he's there. Leo says it can be done, but he should turn data roaming off. That means he won't have any data while he's out and about, though. But it also means he won't have a phone bill in the thousands.
Max's laptop is freezing up a lot, and he thinks it may be his Chrome Browser. He gets a lot of application errors. Leo suggests removing and reinstalling Google Chrome. He should also try clearing the history by selecting "Clear Browsing Data." Then Max should look at his extensions to see if any of them are corrupted. In the end, reinstalling Chrome will probably fix it.
The internet is a public place, and whatever you post to it is out of your control. The one exception to this is encrypting your data, however. This will ensure that only you and the recipient will be able to read the data. Here are a few open source tools for public key encryption: