We interview Adam Pash from Lifehacker, look at security camera options for the home from cheap to expensive.
We interview Adam Pash from Lifehacker, look at security camera options for the home from cheap to expensive. Plus, move over Chat Roulette: there's a safer and cuter game in town! And see why TOR and Hotspot Shield might not be as safe as you think.
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Ashley in the UK wanted to know how safe was it to use TOR or Hotspot Shield on public networks and if setting up a personal VPN would be safer? TOR is designed as more of an anonymizer. Hotspot Shield is a commercial VPN service that you can use for free. It promises privacy, anonymity and security. However, to pay for that service Hotspot Shield sends you targeted ads which many critics say is at odds with their self promoted security and privacy functions. In the TOR network uses layers of encryption, but packets traveling from the last node with the TOR network to a requested server is unencrypted unless traffic is using SSL. Plus the person on the final could theoretically trawl for data leaving his/her computer. Setting up a personal VPN is possible. You do run into the same issue as you would with TOR. The connection from you to a public service would still be unencrypted. Plus by using tunneling software you would bypass your home network's firewall opening up a pathway for malware or other attacks via the client machine. As for tools the one that Patrick enjoys is Hamachi. It's free for noncommercial use and is reasonably secure although standard VPN security concerns still apply.
Carter in Manhattan wanted to know if buying a DVDO Edge was still worthwhile compared to buying an AV Receiver to get the best picture possible to his Samsung HDTV. Rob feels that many newer HDTVs now incorporate video processing close to, if not on par with, the DVDO Edge especially upscaling older SD video signals. And Rob feels that getting good sound is just as important as good video.
Dave wants to upgrade his PC's hard drive but is concerned about compatibility. Generally, if Dave has a motherboard that sports SATA connectors, any 3.5" SATA drive will work, even newer ones that feature newer technology. Rob prefers an SSD, like the OCZ 120 GB Vertex Solid State Drive, as a boot drive and a 1TB drive, like a Western Digital Caviar Black 1 TB HD for data. And he recommends reinstalling Windows.
We got an email from Jeff about the Aloha Bob PC Relocator software. He states that after Microsoft bought the migration tool it incorporated it into Windows and labeled it Windows Easy Transfer. How does Jeff know all this? He was the dev lead on the team that ported Aloha Bob into Windows!
Kyle had a question about switching multiple HDMI inputs to his TV and a separate projector. Veronica suggests looking for an HDMI matrix switcher. Something where you can select the appropriate HDMI outputs and inputs independently. Similar to this 4x2 Matrix Switch HDMI 1.3 with Remote Control.
Monti in New Jersey is expecting twins! And Monti wants to setup security cameras in his home. Some options for Monti to consider are the Linux based ZoneMinder paired with a several cameras, the affordable all in one Dropcam, and the pricier Logitech Security Cameras.
Dave sent in an email with a couple of quick shortcuts with the Windows key that he finds super useful! Win + D = show the desktop, and Win + E = Windows Explorer.