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Why Am I Getting a Password Error With My iDrive Backup?

iDrive

Episode 1775

Alan from Murietta, CA

Alan uses iDrive for his cloud backup, and he's recently started getting a "password mismatch" error. Leo has had similar issues, and he thinks it's either security software or ad blockers that is causing that kind of issue. Sites are trying to find out more about you, and the blockers on our system and browsers are fighting against that. That prompts the page developers to try and bypass it. Leo suggests turning off wifi on your mobile device and see if you can do it. If so, you know there's something in the network router that's blocking it.

How Can I Block Ads on YouTube?

YouTube

Episode 1771

Yuri from San Diego, CA

Yuri is getting tired of ads on YouTube. They are now running ads all the time. It's very annoying. Leo says Google wants to push viewers towards their YouTube Premium service in order to get a monthly subscription rate. So that may be why all of a sudden, everyone is getting more and more ads during a stream. Leo says an ad blocker can help. But you can also block ads on the DNS level with NextDNS.

On Android, Firefox Focus is a good blocker for ads that can filter out things on your apps. 

How Do I Get Rid of an Ad Blocker?

yahoo

Episode 1745

Mary from Van Nuys, CA

Mary's laptop technician put in an ad blocker with her browser, and now she's being bothered to turn it off every time she visits Yahoo. Leo says a lot of websites now are seeking to get her to stop using the blocker in order to get paid by ads. So they want her to unblock them in order to see their ads. Chances are, that the browser has an extension. There should be a way to "white list" the yahoo page so that popup will stop occurring.

How Can I Block Ads Online?

UBlock

Episode 1727

Edward from Whittier, CA

Edward wants an ad blocker for his browser. Leo says that UBlock Origin is the one he recommends. While his program is advertiser supported, he supports ad blockers because online ads represent a potential security risk. The ads also can be tedious when they are popups or use too many ads on a page. But on the other hand, Leo recommends throwing the sites a few bucks a year to make up for it.

Can he get an ad blocker for YouTube Music? Leo says there is ... it's called a paid subscription. If he pays for YouTube Premium, he can enjoy YouTube content ad-free.

Why Am I Getting a Popup in AOL Mail?

Verizon

Episode 1661

Sue from New York

Sue is on AOL and is having issues with "Guce." What is that? Leo says it's adware by AOL that seeks to bypass adblockers in her browser. Guce is owned by Verizon, which also owns AOL and they don't like users using ad blockers or reading emails without ads. So it will redirect her to Guce.advertising.com. But many consider it a browser hijack, which would turn it into malware.  Go into the browser settings under extensions and see if there's an adblocker installed. She can either turn off the ad blocker, white list Guce or better yet, GET OUT OF AOL! Leo recommends Gmail.

How can I guard against scams like cross-site scripting?

Cross-site scripting example

Episode 1629

Jay from Providence, North Carolina

Jay wants to know how he can avoid cross-site Scripting attacks. Leo says that you could turn off javascript, but that would make most of the web unusable. Leo uses UBlockOrigin, which is nominally an ad blocker. But it can block cross-site scripting. A good browser like Firefox will protect you as well. In the security settings, you can block a lot of things like cross-site scripting. And load a minimal set of extensions as well.

Is AdChoices malware?

Frustrated computer user

Episode 1543

Steve from West Virginia

Steve fears his Android phone has been attacked by a virus. He's suddenly getting something called "AdChoices." Leo says that AdChoices is by The Digital Advertising Alliance, and is a response to Ad Blockers. It lets users fine tune their ad preferences. Steve can go into his browser settings and turn off popups and redirects. Then he can clear out his browser cache.

How can I block autoplay ads?

UBlock Origin

Episode 1452

Frank from Burbank, CA

Frank wants to know how he can filter out ads when he's on the internet. Especially when he's listening to music. Leo says that he has mixed emotions about blocking ads because he makes a living with ad supported content. But UBlock Origin is a good ad blocker. Leo says he should accept ads from sites he prefers. Another option is to block autoplay in Chrome. Just Google it, and he'll find a plugin to do it.

Block Malicious Content in Your Browser

Many websites on the internet use Javascript. In fact, it's often critical for websites to function at all — it's not optional. That being said, Javascript can be used maliciously to compromise your system, or simply use your computer to do things without your knowledge. For example, there are a lot of websites these days, such as CoinHive, that are making money by running a little bit of code on your computer with the purpose of generating cryptocurrency.