Dan has been getting messages to update Java, but he's worried about security. Leo says that since Dan uses Windows XP, there is a security issue because Microsoft doesn't support it anymore. Google will update Chrome, so it's a good idea to use that as his browser. But he shouldn't use Java unless he needs to. If he does need to use it, he should make sure he installs all security patches. He should disable the browser plugin as well, and he should run Windows as a limited user -- not as Administrator.
Tyler wants to know about the hack for Windows XP that will allow it to continue receiving updates. Leo says it involves altering Windows so that it think its "Windows Embedded for POS." It requires a registry hack, though, and Microsoft frowns on it.
Jerry began having Wi-Fi issues after updating drivers from HP. Leo suggests looking in the system tray to see if there's a red "x." If there is, then he'll know the problem is a connection. He should go through the settings, update his password, and make sure it's in Ad Hoc mode, not infrastructure. Right click on the tray icon and select "Properties." That'll take him to settings.
Another option is to roll back to the old drivers. Jerry can also go into the system BIOS and make sure Wi-Fi wasn't disabled there.
Edward is thinking about getting an Apple TV, but he doesn't see Apple really pushing it all that much. Should he wait for a new model? Leo says that it's not really that expensive at $99, so if he buys one and then Apple releases a new one, he's not really out all that much.
Apple released OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 earlier this month. While the new operating systems bring a lot of new features, it's always a wise idea to wait so that bugs can be fixed and apps can be updated for it. But how will you know if the apps you use have been updated for OS X Yosemite or iOS 8? Fortunately, there's a website that keeps track of it all -- RoaringApps.com.
Howard has a two year old 27" iMac and wants to know if he should upgrade to OS X Yosemite. Leo says not right away. There's no need to rush in as in the first week of a new OS roll out. There's always bugs that crop up. Howard should probably wait for the second update to Yosemite, which will fix whatever the new OS breaks. He'll know in the first week what problems crop up. Once Apple puts out a fix, and then a fix to fix the stuff broken in the fix, he'd be ok to upgrade. It'll probably take about a month.
Ronnie got a new iPhone 5 and it's requiring a Wi-Fi network to update. Leo says that it's likely Ronnie has Wi-Fi and her husband can connect it for her. She can also connect to her computer and use iTunes to update the phone as well.
Ronnie should go to the view menu of iTunes and enable "show sidebar." Then go to the "devices" section where her iPhone is listed and then check for update. But if she doesn't have Wi-Fi, then there's always public Wi-Fi at Starbucks, McDonalds, or a public library.
Bob says he got an update pushed to his Samsung Galaxy S5 and it disabled the fingerprint scanner. Leo says that the same thing happened to the iPhone. Updates often break things and Leo wonders if they even test this stuff out before they push an update. Should he just give up on the Fingerprint reader then? Leo says no, it'll be fixed soon. Apple jumped on a fix ASAP. Just be patient. Especially if people scream a lot about it.
In spite of announcing the sale of over 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus smartphones within the first two days, Apple experienced a bad week this week as the update to iOS 8.0.1 ended up breaking iPhones by prohibiting users from making phone calls, getting data, or using Touch ID. Within a few hours, Apple yanked the update, but it left an untold number of users with a bricked new iPhone. Leo wonders if they even bothered to test the update. Apple has since released iOS 8.0.2.
Frank gets a popup Windows update request and he doesn't know if he can trust it. Leo says that Frank is right to ask that question. He'll want to be careful, say "no," and then go to Windows Update and search for them there. It's always a good idea to reject anything that's pushed onto him online.