Internet and Web

Your internet connection, web sites and services.

Why does my WiFi go on and off?

Episode 1609

Lynn from Thousand Oaks, CA

Lynn's wifi drops out from time to time. Leo says that's usually an indication that your router is worn out, but if it's new, then it could be congestion from other WiFi signals in your neighborhood. Using a dual band router with a 5Ghz frequency, that can help, because not only are other routers using 2.4Ghz, but there's also all the smart devices that use them as well. So it's really congested out there.

Amazon Prime Day Starts Tomorrow ... But

Prime Day

Episode 1609

Amazon Prime Days start tomorrow, but Leo warns that not all Prime Deals are actually deals. So he recommends going to TheWireCutter. They have a Prime Deals comparison to tell you if Amazon is offering a deal or not, and where you can get a better deal. And Walmart is about to launch THE BIG SAVE week. Check there too. Target has Deal Days, and eBay is offering CrashDays. Even Nordstrom is getting into the game. 

Can I renew an Amazon order automatically?

Amazon

Episode 1609

Eugene from Cartwright, Oklahoma

Eugene wants to know if he could have an automatic reorder or his pet's medication on Amazon. Leo says that there is a feature called SUBSCRIBE AND SAVE, which will enable you to sign up for renewing things over and over. But it depends on the company that is offering the product. Those pet meds may or may not be available. But you can set it up and forget it, and get a 15% discount as a result. But it may not be since it's medication. There's also a version called RECURRING DELIVERY.

How can I avoid CAPTCHA?

Captcha

Episode 1609

Joe from Clear Water, Florida

Joe is sick of CAPTCHA, which he gets when using Google and his VPN. But not when he uses BING. Can he get rid of CAPTCHA? Leo says that those are in place because there are so many bots online. It's just Google making sure you are indeed a real person online. You can also use Google.com/NCR, which apparently removes captcha. Check out this link on REDDIT - https://www.reddit.com/r/VPN/comments/8dx45z/any_way_to_reduce_google_captcha_annoyances_for/.

How can I delete my Facebook account?

Facebook

Episode 1609

Ellie from Hawaii

Ellie would like to get rid of her account on Facebook. Completely. Leo says that you don't really have to do that unless you really want to. He suggests starting by taking the app off your phone. But thanks to the GDPR regulations from the EU, Facebook has made it easy. Go to deleteFacebook.com. It gives you a link directly to the Facebook delete page. Facebook will first deactivate your account for a month. After that, it will be permanently deleted. If you visit Facebook once during that time, it will assume you don't want to delete your account.

Facebook makes a profit on a record $5 Billion Fine by the FTC

Facebook

Episode 1609

After agreeing to a consent decree to protect user privacy in 2011, Facebook has been fined $5 billion for failing to obey the decree. It's the largest fine in the history of the Federal Trade Commission, but it didn't really hurt Facebook, as the stock market rewarded the social media company with a $6 billion stock bump.  This leaves Leo to wonder if you can really fine Facebook enough to make it hurt and if the only way to punish the social media giant is to stop using it.

Are Hotspots Secure?

Tiny Hardware Firewall.

Episode 1608

Tucker from Kentucky

Tucker wants to use a captive portal wifi hotspot, but is it secure? Some are poorly made and can leak your data, others can sell data or even input advertising into it. Is Opera a good one? Leo says it's not exactly a VPN, and by giving away the service, that costs money. So they have to be making money somehow. Also, it's not strictly a VPN, it's a proxy service. One thing that Leo recommends is the Tiny Hardware Firewall. It has a built-in webserver, dual wifi radios, and a built-in hardware firewall.

Why is My Internet Speed So Slow?

Speed Test

Episode 1607

Ryan from California

Ryan got a new modem because his ISP is now giving him faster download speeds. But when he plugs in his router, it slows down to a crawl. Leo says that since the router is new, it should be fine. Try a different ethernet cable. If the cable is old, it may not handle the bandwidth. Then, try another computer and see if you can replicate the issue. If you can't, then that will point to something on your computer. It may be the ethernet port is too old. Also, update the firmware of your router.