Browsers

How Can I Tell if a Website Is Safe to Visit?

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Episode 1780

Dwayne from Southern California

Dwayne is concerned that he won't know if a website he visits is safe. What if it's been compromised by a hacker? How would you know until it's too late? Leo says that most of us aren't really the target of a hack unless it's a mass attack. And those are a lot easier to defend against. Website attacks are a very common attack, where a hacker will forge the look of a website in an attempt to get you to log into it and steal your login credentials. This happens with bogus bank links. So it's important to be very careful on the links you click on. 

Why can't I save my location in my browser?

Location Tracking

Episode 1761

Dave from Ridgecrest, CA

Dave wants to be able to save locations in his browser. He used to be able to do it, but now it won't let him. What gives? Leo says that most sites automatically do it if you permit them to do so. It uses a file called a cookie. To do it, you can delete the cookies or even block them, though, and if Dave did that, it could be why he can't save the location data. Leo recommends going into your browser and look at your privacy settings. You can then change them to allow cookies to be saved. 

Why Can't I Log Into Google Voice?

Voice

Episode 1743

Bob from San Diego, CA

Bob is having trouble with Google Voice. It won't let him log in. It just "beach balls." Leo says to try clearing out the cache of the browser. Or try a different browser. See if he can log in from a different browser. That's the easiest solution. Download Firefox. Bob can't do that. His computer is too old. Leo says that there comes a point where a computer can be so old that other applications can't support it. 

How Do I Transfer Firefox Extensions and Preferences On My Mac?

MacBook Pro

Episode 1741

Jody from LA, CA

Jody has been using a MacBook Pro as his main computer and recently moved over to a MacBook Pro. But he hasn't been able to move his Firefox extensions and bookmarks over. How can he do it? Leo says that Firefox has a sync capability at the bottom of the WIndow. Set up the account and Firefox will sync from one machine to another. Easy Peasy. The other way to do it is to export bookmarks through the Bookmark Manager.

Is online banking through a browser secure?

Online Banking

Episode 1730

John from Gridley, CA

John is worried that his identity will be stolen, along with his money, if he does online banking through his browser. Leo says that browsers are equally secure, as long as they keep getting patched on a regular basis. The issue isn't the browser, it's the system itself. The weak link in the chain is you. If you get an email that seems to be from your bank and you click on the links inside, it's likely a fake and your login has been stolen due to a phishing attack. That's the kind of thing that can happen. Banks will never email you. Keep that in mind.

Law Enforcement Now Has the Right to Get Your Browsing History

Chrome

Episode 1695

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).

Is There an App That Still Supports Flash?

Flash

Episode 1691

Doctor Mom from San Diego, CA

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.