DNS

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 Forward Email to Everyone in My Family?

Gmail

Episode 1766

John from St. Petersberg, FL

John recently bought a domain and created his own email for it. He has different emails for family, so how does he forward them to his central email? Leo says that he can use Gmail or even Microsoft Outlook for free, and then forward everything to there using DNS settings. Then he can use filtering settings to move those different emails into folders or forward them to other email accounts.

How can I use a VPN with my Ubiquity router?

ExpressVPN (Sponsor of the TWiT network)

Episode 1756

Bernie from Lakewood, CO

Bernie wants to use ExpressVPN (a sponsor of the TWiT network) using his Ubuity router. How can he put it on and keep it working for his main network and his guest network? Leo says that there is a recommended list of routers that you can use with ExpressVPN; sadly, Ubiquity isn't one of them. But some of the privacy features a VPN does are available from your Ubiquity router. Your DNS lookup, for instance, can be secured using your browser via DNS over HTTPS via DOH. It's deep into the settings. You can also use another DNS server that can block them.

Why Can't I Visit a Certain Website With My 5G Phone?

Georgia dot gov

Episode 1752

Matt from Kansas City, KS

Matt has a 5G Note 20 and he can't visit a website on 5G. But he can visit it on 4G through AT&T. Leo says that it could be something that the website is doing, that doesn't allow a 5G network to access it. Leo suspects it's a DNS issue, and if he can try an alternate DNS provider, that will fix it. Leo recommends NextDNS or OpenDNS. NextDNS has an app that can fix it.

How Can I Mask My Domain Address?

GoDaddy

Episode 1739

Dave from New York

Dave moved his Domains over to Google, after registering at GoDaddy. Leo says that's no big deal. All registrars do is put a domain address in the DNS "phone book." Whoever is doing the hosting will make sure that the DNS gets pointed to properly and updated. Dave says that Google doesn't host his site though, and he wants to mask his domain, which only GoDaddy can do, so the domain is a different website. Leo says that GoDaddy may be the only option here, and if GoDaddy won't let Dave do it, then he may have to move his DNS back to GoDaddy or even pay them to host the site. 

How do I set up my own dedicated email for free?

Gmail

Episode 1736

John from St. Petersberg, FL

John bought a new domain name and wants to set up an email. How can he do it for free? Leo recommends going with Gmail. It's a great free service with excellent spam filtering. Microsoft's Outlook mail is also good. Then, you can tell your domain DNS listing to send an email that comes for you to that email service. In the settings for the domain name, there will be DNS settings and one will be for email. That's where you will input the forwarding address for your email. It's also called the MX setting.

How can I best monitor my kids internet activity?

NextDNS

Episode 1688

Gary from Colorado Springs, CO

Gary wants to be able to know when members of his family login, where they go online and for how long. Leo suggests NextDNS. It's a new DNS standard that has a lot of great features. It's known as a "pie hole," and it can be used to monitor and block suspect websites and bad activity. You go into your router and input the NextDNS DNS settings. It'll also give you privacy since your activity is no longer routed through your ISP. And you can get blacklist and whitelist options, and a huge page of analytics by device. 

Do I need a VPN to change my DNS?

Episode 1518

Richard from West LA

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.

Why did my website stop working?

https://www.godaddy.com/

Episode 1488

Laurie from Palm Springs, CA

Laurie has a business with a website on Google, and now her website is offline after making a few changes to it. Leo says that it's very easy to make a coding mistake and take a site offline. It's possible that her GoDaddy DNS record has been modified and it no longer resolves to the right web host. So giving GoDaddy a call and having them fix the lookup to reflect the proper DNS address may help solve the problem.