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Alan wants a Chromebook, but he doesn't want to save his banking data in the web. What can he do? Alan can store locally if he has network attached storage, but then he'll have to make sure he can sync properly. The Cloud is safe, especially with the Chromebook. Google does a very good job with security. It's a lot safer than a Windows machine. And Alan should remember, his ISP sees everything and saves everything anyway.
Joe is having issues with terrible Wi-Fi downstairs. Leo says that there are two ways to improve Wi-Fi:
Richard bought into T-Mobile's At Home VOiP service and now it's been discontinued. He's looking at Ooma now. Leo says that Ooma has a lot of users and they are very happy with it. So it's less likely it's going to go out of business. The downside, though, is that in the event of a natural disaster or power outage, he'll lose his phone because the internet is down. He'll have a cellphone, though. So Ooma is a solid alternative.
Mike is thinking of putting cable inside his house, but he's not sure what to wire it with. Leo recommends going the extra step and putting conduit in. That way he can rewire the house when the technology advances without yanking out the drywall again. These days, he'll want at least Cat6, maybe 6a for now. He shouldn't go for fiber now, though. It's pretty expensive.
Dave gets a ton of spam in his Hotmail account. How can he prevent that? Leo says to use GMail instead. It has far better spam filters and Gmail will get his Hotmail email. He should just go into the settings and set it up for mail forwarding so that Gmail will be able to do it, and he won't see the spam much anymore.
Johnny's computer runs Windows Vista and he's having trouble logging into Gmail. He gets a "Bad Gateway" error. Leo says that Vista may no longer be supported by Gmail. It could also be that clicking on a link to get to Gmail may just be a bad link.
Leo recommends installing Linux on that old Vista PC with XUbuntu. It'll look just like Windows, but will be more modern. His computer will run faster too.
Rick wants to know if there's a call blocker for a landline phone. 95% of the calls he gets are Robocalls. He uses Ooma and they want $120 a year to block calls, so he wants to know if there's a good hardware based option. Leo says that most of the services he sees are generally White listers.
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Cody just moved to a new house and the Wi-Fi internet upstairs is super slow. Leo says that Cody could put another router upstairs. If he puts the router in bridge mode, it will extend the Wi-Fi signal. There's a new way to do this, however. It's called Mesh Networking which uses a secondary signal, and doesn't just pass along the original signal.