Internet and Web

Your internet connection, web sites and services.

Is there any way to improve cellular in another country?

Prepaid Sim Card

Episode 1593

Chris from Boca Raton, FL

Chris is traveling to Brazil and he's noticed that the data rates down south are extremely slow.  Would the SkyRoam Solis help? Leo says no. If the 4G/LTE is a lousy carrier, it really won't matter what you use. Leo recommends to go to Prepaidwithdata.wikia.com and read the most up to date information. You may be better off with a local SIM. 

How can I analyze my wifi connection?

Netgear AC1750

Episode 1593

Brian from Mission Viejo, CA

Brian upgraded his WiFi router network, but he's still running into buffering and congestion. Leo says first check to see if your connection is the issue by bypassing the router and wire the modem directly into your laptop. Run a speed test and see how it works. Once you've eliminated the cable connection, then you can look to your hardware. But it could also be good old fashioned neighborhood congestion. If you look at your wifi connection, you can see how many wifi devices your router sees. It's not only everyone streaming Netflix anymore.

Is it secure to listen to streaming live?

HTTP & HTTPS

Episode 1593

Michelle from Thousand Oaks, California

Michelle wants to know of a secure way to listen to podcasts and live audio streams. Leo says that if you're listening to TWiT, you can go to twit.tv/live. It's secure from every source. Leo says to check to be sure your browser is up to date. That could be the issue. But streaming should be very secure. In fact, Google is pushing for all sites to be https compliant. So if the site isn't https compliant, that could be an issue. Those certificates are based on dates, and if your computer's date is off, that could indicate a certificate is out of date when it really isn't.

How can I download a podcast?

Podcast

Episode 1593

Dave from Rochester, NY

Dave wants to know how to download Leo's podcasts. Leo says that all his podcasts are designed to be downloaded, and you can do that from Twit.TV. There should be a button you can click on to download the podcast, or you can right click and select download on the link. But Leo recommends using a podcast aggregator like iTunes, Switcher, Pocket Cast (Android), Downcast (Android), Google Podcasts, Podcast Republic, Podcast Addict. Make sure you set them for automatic download, so it will download every new episode. 

What's a good, reliable web host?

Webhosting

Episode 1593

Don from Ashland, OR

Done works for a small publisher and has eCommerce on their website, but they're not satisfied with their web host. What does Leo recommend? Leo says that Squarespace, who is a sponsor, is great. They're very secure and have excellent service and support. You can even do a two-week trial to see if you like it.  There's also Soft Layer and WordPress.com.

Leo also uses Drupal for TechGuyLabs.com, and he recommends BlackMesh, Heroku, and Contegix for managing your Drupal systems. 

Are Google Ad Algorithms racist?

Google Ads

Episode 1593

Talya O'Shea has done some research, and she's found that African Americans are more likely to see clickbait with the term "arrested" next to it than whites. And what the bias is from, is Google's Algorithm, which the advertising is based on. Leo says that O'Shea wrote a book about it, concluding that Google needs to improve that algorithm to be accurate, because it can cause a lot of harm to people's online reputation.