Internet and Web

Your internet connection, web sites and services.

How can I log into sites and programs without a user name and password?

George from Santa Monica, CA

Episode 1156

George wants to know of a way to use his computer without having to use a password or user name because he keeps forgetting them. Leo says that passwords don't work. You gotta remember them, you tend to make weak passwords and use them on multiple sites. Etc. Steve Gibson has an idea called SQRL (Secure, Quick, Reliable Log In). The idea being that a smart phone app will automatically authenicate using a QR code so it just lets you right in. Great idea, but behind the scenes it's a lot more complicated than that.

Should I sign up for Microsoft Office 365?

Don from Ashland, OR

Episode 1156

Don wants to know what Leo thinks about Microsoft Office 365. Leo says it's a great idea. He uses it. And it's for a cheap monthly fee, especially for non profits. Go for it. You can install up to five copies and get access to your files on any platform anywhere thanks to its web based interface. Don isn't all that thrilled with Exchange for email. Leo says that's a huge commitment, but it does have more features than webmail.

How can I make my router work better?

Aaron from Tuscon, AZ

Episode 1156

Aaron just bought a Belkin router and he wants to know what he can do to make it work better. Leo says that you can make it more secure by turning off WAN administration and Universal Plug and Play. Both allow for holes in the router to let in traffic like gaming. Another option is to get a router that can use open party firmware like DDWRT or Tomato. Asus is one such manufacturer.

Elon Musk wants to Wire Space for the Internet

Episode 1156

SpaceX and Tesla founder Elon Musk wants to spend $10 Billion to put hundreds of satellites in low earth orbit to wire space for internet access. As a precursor to putting up a duplicate network on Mars, Musk says that he believes that a space based internet would be 100 times faster than fiber optic connections and would reach everyone on earth. And he's not the only one doing it.

Johnny Jet Digs a Hole ...

Episode 1155

Johnny Jet is with us from the NY Times Travel Show back east, where he's talking about travel and offering tips. Travel Tips - Google Translate has updated it's app and now you can use it to actually talk to people. It's a universal translator with translations of 7 different languages for signs like Word Lens, which Google recently bought. It's like the Universal Translator in Star Trek or the Bable Fish from Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. You can actually have a conversation with it. Works in French, German, Italian, Portunguese, Spanish, and Russian, etc. Leo says it's mindblowing!

Should I install the latest Java update?

Dan from Woodland Hills, CA

Episode 1155

Dan has been getting messages to update Java but he's worried about security. Leo says that since Dan uses Windows XP, Microsoft doesn't support it anymore and it's now a security issue. Google, will update Chrome, so it's a good idea to use that. Don't use Java unless you need to. But if you do, make sure you install all security patches. Also, disable the browser plugin and don't use Windows as an Administrator. Run as a limited user.

Google Sets Prohibitive New Rules for YouTube Musicians

Episode 1155

YouTube

A YouTube musician named Zoe Keating is resisting YouTube's latest demands that all musicians sign a draconian, 5 year agreement to provide ads on all music videos, make the entire music catalog available, and release exclusively on YouTube first. She would also be prohibited from putting any music on other free services like BandCamp or SoundCloud.

Can I change my Gmail address?

Episode 1154

Mike from Glendale, CA
Email

He can't change the email address without creating a new Google account. But he can use a "+" symbol at the end of his address before the @ sign, and then type something else and it will still go to his address. This is particularly useful when signing up for a service because he can add "+signup" or something similar, and then he can filter it in Gmail so it gets labeled appropriately.