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Are Java updates safe?

George from California

Episode 1397

George wants to know if he should update his Java? Is it OK to update? Jason says that it's often OK to ignore them, but if it's an important security update, or if it's required for him to use a website, then it's a good idea to stay updated. It's definitely safer security wise to do so. But Jason also recommends getting rid of Java altogether. When in doubt, though, always go directly to Oracle to get updates. That way he'll know it's always official.

How can I make a video picture frame?

Episode 1396

Dean from Tehachapi, CA
TV

Dean would like to have a TV on his wall that he can use as a kind of motion video frame. Scott says any TV will do, and he can just connect it to a Blu-ray player and then have it set to play on a loop. The chatroom says that there's waving American flags on YouTube lasting up to 10 hours that he could play as well. With a Smart TV, he can navigate to YouTube with his TV's browser and play it. Scott says it will pump light into the room, though, and so when watching a movie, he should turn it off.

How can I improve antenna reception?

Episode 1396

Jeremy from Costa Mesa, CA
Antenna

Jeremy is a cord cutter who uses an indoor over the air antenna to get live broadcast television, but he's not getting very good reception. Scott says like any antenna, his reception will depend on where he can put the antenna. The higher the better, and it's best to have it close to a window. Getting an amplified antenna would be a good idea as well. He should try and put it within line of sight of the broadcast transmitter. The chatroom says to use a signal booster too, but Scott says an amplifier will only amplify the noise if it's not within the range of the channel signal.

Why am I getting email bounced back?

Bob from Vista, CA

Episode 1395

Bob keeps getting a bounce back notice when he sends an email to a friend, but the return address is from someone he doesn't know. Leo suspects that the autocomplete feature of Bob's email program is adding the address because it was from a previous email that included it. But the original email address may have added a filter to forward it to a friend and it's bouncing not only from Bob's friend, but also to Bob. In that case, there's nothing Bob can do but ask his friend to fix it.

Should I get Windows Defender or Microsoft Security Essentials?

Episode 1395

Gloria from North Hollywood, CA
Microsoft Windows Defender

Gloria uses Windows 7 and she's confused whether she uses Windows Defender or Microsoft Security Essentials. Leo says that for Windows 7, she'll need Security Essentials. But it was renamed to Windows Defender for Windows 10. She can get Microsoft Security Essentials at support.microsoft.com to download it.

Have I been hacked?

Episode 1395

Carlos from Jersey City, CA
Virus Found Message

Carlos is getting a popup telling him he's been hacked. He's got OS X Lion on his Mac. Leo says that there's a new thing called "ScareWare" which makes people think they have been hacked or have a virus and it won't let them exit the browser until they call a number. But in reality, it's just a popup that's designed to scare people into calling so that they can convince them to install a remote app that will allow the to do something to "fix" it.

Johnny Jet on Travel

Episode 1394

Johnny Jet

When you have newborns and you're traveling, Johnny recommends bringing your car seat along. You will have to pay for a seat, obviously, but it's worth it safety wise. Always ask if there's an empty row or seat and maybe they won't charge you.

The most expensive day to fly this summer is July 9th, the Sunday after the 4th of July. Sundays are always traditionally more expensive to travel, while Tuesday and Wednesday are the cheapest.