Internet and Web

Your internet connection, web sites and services.

How should I host my podcast?

Episode 1386

Mark from Costa Mesa, CA
Mic and Pop Filter

Mark wants to do a podcast and his partners say Podomatic is great because it's free. But he's thinking of going with WordPress and their podpress plugin. Leo says that either would work. The difference is that doing it on his site will mean he absorbs the bandwidth costs. Podomatic uses ads inserted into the site to cover bandwidth costs and profit. But they handle the burden of scaling it up if his podcast gets very popular.

How can I get Silverlight for my browser?

Episode 1386

Mike from Murrieta, CA
Microsoft Silverlight

Mike is frustrated because one of the government real estate websites he visits requires Microsoft Silverlight, and they don't support it anymore. Leo says that everyone has moved away from Flash-like players that require a plug-in in favor of HTML 5. But it's not unusual that government hasn't caught up to the new thinking. Leo thinks government should never require proprietary plugins.

Why is my internet buffering so much?

Episode 1385

Mike from Panama City, FL
Eero Routers

Mike is frustrated that his internet access is going through a lot of buffering, especially when he's streaming. Leo says a router needs to control his ethernet connection, not a modem. It's the one assigning IP addresses. Then he can put routers all over the house, but have them set in bridge mode so that they just pass the bandwidth along. Mike should try using different names for his routers, too. That way, he can join the nearest ones directly. Getting a mesh router is also be a good idea. They aren't cheap, but they definitely solve the problem.

Is LifeLock safe?

Episode 1385

Val from Los Angeles, CA
LifeLock

Val is interested in LifeLock and wants to know if it's safe. Is it? Leo says yes. They were a bit over confident in the early days, but they are dedicated to getting in between you and identity thieves by putting fraud alerts on your credit history. But now they can't do that because of lawsuits. So now they own companies that are built to target fraudulent credit activity so that if anything unauthorized occurs, you get wind of it and they can shut it down. They will also help you fix your credit record should you be a victim of credit card fraud.

Johnny Jet on Travel

Episode 1385

Johnny Jet

Johnny Jet is fresh from a trip back east to attend the travel related "Freddy Awards." Alaska Airlines received top honors as the best airline. Meanwhile, United settled with Doctor Dow after they beat him and dragged him off the airplane. The settlement is undisclosed, but Johnny Jet guesses it was at least $10 million. The incident also prompted changes in their policies to bump passengers, including offering up to $10,000 to get you to give up your seat.

Hackers Break Into Netflix, Release Orange is the New Black

Episode 1385

Hackers

A hacker by the name of "The Dark Overlord" broke into Netflix' servers and released the new season of "Orange is the New Black," after demanding payment not to. According to TDA, he also has shows from ABC, IFC, and other channels. Leo says that is a childish act that probably was perpetrated by an ambitious teenager and Netflix did the right thing by refusing to pay up.

Is my banking information safe?

Episode 1384

Mike from Granada Hills, CA
Google Chrome

Mike is worried that Google has all of his banking information. Leo says it's not to worry about. They don't have it. If anything, his browser has that information and that's much more dangerous. It may be a good idea to reset his browser to get rid of all that. Then turn on second factor authentication to make sure that any attempt to change his password or access his account will be stopped. Mike shouldn't worry about Google, though. They're quite secure, and Chrome is a secure browser.

How can I get started with social media?

Episode 1384

Doctor Mom from New York, NY
Social Media

Doctor Mom has been drafted into running the social media for a medical journal group she's a part of. How can she get started? Leo says that social media is of great value, but to be effective, it needs to be staffed because it takes a lot of time. Doctor Mom seems to be it, though. She also has to do a podcast aimed at who they want to reach. How can she get her podcast on TuneIn? Leo says that everyone listens to podcasts on their phone these days and most will use the app they already have. Leo says it could be an uphill battle to get on TuneIn.

Should I advertise online?

Episode 1384

Steve from Woodland Hills, CA
Facebook

Steve has a new advertising budget to expand clientele, focusing on 30-50 year olds in Southern California. The budget includes SEO, pay per click and other advertising. Leo says that SEO or search engine optimization, is largely snake oil. It can help him, but it doesn't make a huge difference. Leo would advise separating that out of his advertising budget. As for advertising on Bing, he should check the market share. That may not be a good place to put it.