Falling by one vote, Congress failed to pass protections that would prevent government officials from accessing your personal browser history without your knowledge or consent. And there is no warrant required. Now they can just go straight to your provider and ask for it. Leo says time is ideal to start using a virtual private network (VPN).
Doctor Mom calls in to ask Leo what can kids do if they have to use a computer that runs Flash for their online schooling? Leo says that there's a browser called "Dolphin" that used to support Flash. But it doesn't anymore. If they're using courseware from YouTube, that would be automatically converted to HTML5. Apple may have support or a workaround since it is working heavily to get into the education space. Call Apple.
Rob read an article in Forbes that Google's Chromium engine uses Windows code to remain secure. That concerns him. Leo says that the article isto be taken with a grain of salt. First off, consider all the updates. That leads Leo to believe it was written without all the facts. But all programs rely on Windows 10 libraries.
Dale is getting notifications from Google on his laptop. Leo says that those are ads triggered by some software that Dale is using. Leo says it could be a browser hijack that's causing it. He can go into browser settings and turn off notifications from sites he visits. In Chrome, it's turn off browser notifications. He may have to do a little digging in the menu settings.
Dave uses Firefox and the favorites get lost from time to time. Leo says that can happen if he uses Firefox Syncing. There is a bookmark management tool within Firefox. Open the sidebar and select bookmarks (CTRL+B). He can then search for the bookmark he's looking for. It's very easy to hide a folder or bookmark by accident. CTRL+B can help him find them again. It could also be that he accidentally deleted them. Dave also uses Time Machine to save to his Western Digital Passport. But now it won't let him back up to it unless he formats the drive.
Microsoft will cease support for Windows 7 on January 14, 2020, so PC users should really upgrade to Windows 10 soon. The most important point will be the loss of security patches for the operating system, which will make it increasingly risky to take online. Eventually, browsers and other constantly-updating software will stop working comfortably with Windows 7 and might be frustrating to use. The same issues plagued users of Windows XP after its time was up. Although Windows 10 looks a bit different, you can configure the interface to more closely resemble what you liked about Windows 7.
ISPs in the United Kingdom has labeled Firefox a "public villain" because it is advocating private browsing with a new version of the browser that makes your activity online invisible, making it impossible for ISPs to sell your browsing data. Leo says that alone is enough to start using Firefox again.
Yesterday, all the extensions for Firefox suddenly stopped working. Leo says it turned out to be that Firefox forgot to renew their certificate for security, causing them all to stop working. Now they're pushing out a fix to get things back up and running.
Brian has a series of VIVOTEK IP cameras. But he can't cast to Safari, Chrome or Firefox. EDGE and Explorer work though. Leo says that he may need to install an extension, and it may not be available. VIVOTEK may not have written plugins for it, or it may use a technology which other browsers don't support. Browsers have depreciated some of those plugin technologies lately. And chances are, they aren't secure.
From the chatroom, there is a way and here's a video on it - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEPuhmPIzm4
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.