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Leo says that the alleged hacking by the Russians in our election was a "bush league" spear phishing attack that allowed hackers to gain access to emails from the Democrat National Committee. Leo says we need to know more about it. It seems to Leo that this attack was more like North Korea hacking Sony.
Dan wants to know if getting a third party add-on for CODI to stream movies is legal. Leo says if he's streaming without any cost, there's likely a piracy issue and it would be technically illegal. He could end up being booted off the internet for it.
Terry is looking to get his wife a laptop for Christmas, and he's thinking about a Chromebook since she tends to get in trouble online. Can she do photo editing with a Chromebook? Leo says she can, as there are online photo editors and plugins for Google Chrome. Google Photos is the best with basic photo tools and filters. There's also Polarr Photo Editor, an extension to Chrome. It's like Photoshop for Chrome.
Johnny Jet has family in for the holidays and today's conversation is about mobile phones on the plane. The Department of Transportation is finally going to start allowing people to use their mobile phones on the plane. Leo says technological issues have never been why he's against that, but because people will keep talking loudly on the flight and it'll be even more annoying to fly. Johnny Jet says that VOIP is becoming very popular since in-air Wi-Fi has become very fast and reliable. Johnny says that it'll be left to the airlines to decide if it happens, and it won't be for a few years.
Mike wants to know how to tell a real email from a phishing email. Leo says to hover over any link that would send him to a website, and see if the link is legitimate. He should never click on it. If it says to install something, or even asks for a credit card, don't do it. That's usually the first sign of an intent to do something nefarious.
Ramona has discovered that her ISP can't go to the area she's moving to. Is satellite internet a good option? Leo says that satellite is expensive, there's a lot of latency and lag as the signal goes up and back, and it's slow. She wouldn't get much bandwidth either. One provider is a little better than others though, and that's WildBlue Exede. Cable would be much better, and even LTE wireless would be a better option.
Jeff is having speed issues on the internet with his Linux machine. How can he check for speed? Leo says that Linux has built in utilities just for this purpose. How about something that's cross platform with Windows? Leo says that is a different issue. He can run SpeedTest.net but that will only give him the speed of his internet connection, not his computer.
Ron has an RV and wants to know how to get satellite internet for it. Leo says he can get a disk that fits on his RV, but it's not the greatest and he'll always have to reposition it. Leo says that 4G/LTE is a better option. Every carriers sell MiFi cards that will enable him to connect up to 5 devices to it and have access to the internet.
Another option is the KarmaGo. It's pay as you go and Leo uses it when he travels. It's about $10 a GB. Ron should also check with his carrier.
Adam has a service and repair business and he's looking to replace his invoicing software. Thoughts on alternatives? Leo used to use Freshbooks. He used it for years when he was a freelancer and you can customize the invoices to your needs and even set them up to be recurring.
(Disclaimer: Freshbooks is a sponsor).
Ed got a used computer and wants to know if he can delete his browser's autocomplete stuff. Leo says he can reset his browser and that will wipe out everything in the autocomplete file. Or he can delete them individually by starting to type, go down to it, and delete it.
There is a 'refresh Firefox option.' Ed should go into the help menu and go to troubleshooting information. There will be a button there that will wipe out everything. He can also just delete the profile folders in the firefox directory.