Internet and Web

Your internet connection, web sites and services.

Is Libre Office as good as Microsoft Office?

Paul from La Jolla, CA

Episode 1290

Paul wants to know about Libre Office. Leo says that Libre is open source software and it's free. It has many of the same features as Microsoft Office. It's just as good, but is not as polished as Microsoft. Leo's a fan of it.

If Paul would rather have Microsoft Office, he should check out Microsoft Office Web. It's a stripped down version of Office that he can use online and it's free.

How can I teach kids online?

Ken from Rochester, NY

Episode 1290

Ken is a teacher who uses Camtasia Studio to record all his class lessons online for his students. He's tried Blab.IM and YouTube Live. Leo says that Google Hangouts is also good. They use something called WebRT which allows him to share a link for a larger number of people to watch, while having up to 10 people participating. He can also have a chatroom. Afterwards, it gets saved automatically to YouTube. It can also be watched on mobile. Hangouts is the best way to go here.

Why is fiber optic DSL the same speed as before?

Steve from Los Angeles, CA

Episode 1290

Steve isn't seeing much of an improvement after being upgraded to fiber optic DSL because he still has copper lines coming into his house. Leo says that Steve should ask for fiber optic directly to the house. Otherwise, it's essentially little difference. Could he upgrade it himself? That's a good question. But buying his own fiber optic switch isn't cheap.

What's a secure alternative to Yahoo Mail?

Maggie from Tuscon, AZ

Episode 1289

Maggie is on Yahoo and she's thinking of moving her email account since they're going to be sold. Leo says that Gmail is a great option. It's what he uses. If she wants to pay and avoid ads and prevent a service from scanning her email for ad keywords, then FastMail is a great option. She can also set up her Yahoo mail to forward to her FastMail account, so she doesn't have to cancel it.

How secure is a VPN?

David from Palm Beach, FL

Episode 1289

David wants to know about Tunnel Bear. Leo says that Tunnel Bear is a virtual private network or VPN, which essentially burrows a digital secure tunnel in the internet. Is it secure enough to bank with or should he just trust "https"? Leo says both are very similar. The difference is that https activity cannot be seen by anyone, but they can see that he's been online. It can also be probed, whereas VPNs are tunnels that encrypt all of the traffic. no one could see anything. It's more security, but similar security. It's up to David.

How can I listen to Apple Music offline?

Episode 1289

Preston from Indianapolis, IN
Apple Music

Preston's music is in the cloud now, but he wants to know how he can listen to that when he's not on the internet. He's using Apple Music. Leo says there's a button in Apple Music for downloading music, and as long as he's a subscriber to Apple Music, he can download and play the music even when he's offline. He just needs to find a playlist or album he likes, and look for the download button. Sometimes music services will phrase it a little different, and say "Cache" or "Pin" instead of "Download."

How can I recover my Gmail account?

Steve from Railroad Flat, AZ

Episode 1289

Steve is having trouble recovering his password in Gmail. Leo says that password recovery is the number one way to get an email account hacked, so Google makes it really difficult to recover. That's why Leo recommends using 2nd factor authentication so that he can get a text with a code to recover it easily and securely. If he hasn't done that, he'll have to jump through a few hoops including telling Google about a recent email he sent. If he can't do that, he may be out of luck short of contacting Google.

What should I do now that Apple has killed Quicktime for Windows?

Ian from Lakeview Terrace, CA

Episode 1289

Ian heard that Apple has stopped support for Quicktime for Windows. He's uninstalled it, but there are programs like Adobe Premiere and Hyper Studio that depend on it. Leo says that there may be an update through the programs that will support other options. If there isn't, there should be soon. In the meantime, Ian should make sure that his browser can't launch Quicktime. He can go into the settings and disable it.