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Nick is looking at some property and wants to find some historical images of it. Leo says Google used to have a feature like that with Google Earth. It may still be available in the desktop version. It's called the Time slider.
The new buzz word for what Johnny Jet does, is "travel influencer," but Johnny Jet considers himself a travel enthusiast and publisher.
Website of the week - BlueRibbonBags.com. It's travel insurance for your luggage. It comes with an app that updates you when your bags have been loaded, unloaded, and arrived at luggage pickup. It's only $5 a piece. If your bag is missing after four days, they will send you a check for $1,000. No questions asked.
Ilya spends a lot of time traveling and wants to know if Remote PC is a good way to access his computer to surf. Leo says you can, but it could be slower than using a VPN. It really comes down to your bandwidth, and what VPN service you're using. You'd certainly be more secure with a remote access product or VPN. But that doesn't mean a host nation won't see what you're doing. They'll at the very least be suspicious as to why you're using an encrypted app. So avoid authoritarian countries when using it. Leo also recommends the Ubakey.
Tony bought a new MESH router to use with his Verizon fiber optic internet connection. Leo says that Verizon uses a router/modem, so you'll need to change settings to bridge mode, so it can send the signal on to your new mesh router. Doctor Mom in the chatroom says you can put your Verizon modem into bridge mode, but you will lose some functions. It's just a matter if you can live with it.
Caller is having trouble accessing her second Facebook account. Leo says that Facebook has locked one out. Leo says that Facebook doesn't want you to have multiple accounts, though many do. What Leo recommends is using separate browsers (like Chrome and Firefox) for each Facebook account. Or, you can completely log out and then clear your cookies, you can re-log in with the second account.
Suzie is retired and called to cancel her cable, so she can stream. But when she did, the cable company doubled her interest costs! Leo says that's what they do, to punish you for getting rid of their TV service. Leo says you can always get an antenna and try and watch broadcast, but depending on where you live, you could be too far away. Check out TVFool.com to see what TV stations are available. They'll also recommend an antenna. AntennaWeb.org is another. Cut the cable!
Does Richard have to create a VPN to set up his DNS settings? Leo says no. DNS is essentially the phone book that the internet uses to look your address up. You don't use a VPN for that. VPNs are for encrypted net traffic. OpenDNS is the best DNS that Leo likes. CloudFlare is another. Quad Nine. Google even has a secure DNS. All are great if you're concerned about privacy, as it allows you to filter traffic at the router level. Log into your router, look for the DNS settings, and input the DNS address of your DNS server.
Micah uses Thunderbird with Pop 3 protocol. Leo says that most email servers have moved to IMAP now, keeping your email on their servers. Pop allowed you to delete from the server. But more people wanted access to their mail in the cloud than just on their computer, so IMAP was born. If you want to delete your email off the server, you can manually do that. But that's why Leo recommends Proton Mail. It's end to end encryption so no one can read it.
Ed is tired of using Gmail. What are his alternatives? Leo says he'll want an IMAP service, and Leo uses Fast Mail. It's a pay service and it lets him use multiple devices to access the same mail in addition to a web interface. It's encrypted. Another good one is Proton Mail, which offers end-to-end encryption, if privacy is a priority.
Lately, Johnny Jet has been frustrated with Uber and Lyft drivers that are late, and have no room to stow his luggage. So he's starting to use Blacklane. It's about two to three times more expensive, but it's more of a limo service with professional drivers. It's all around the world and they use roomy cars. They show up early and wait for you, not the other way around. And you can use your phone to order it.