DNS settings

Why Can't I Use iDrive With My New Mac?

M1

Episode 1837

Rick from Mission Viejo, CA

Rick got a new M1 Mac, but iDrive isn't backing up to it and it won't access the website. Leo says it sounds like macOS is blocking iDrive and keeping it from backing up the hard drive. If there is any security software, disable it. Try then. It could be that the AVS, which he doesn't need for macOS, is blocking the IP. If he's using a VPN, that could be causing security software to prevent access. Leo has a hunch that the DNS may be blocked, and that could be the security software, router, or even a VPN. A proxy server like TOR Guard may be doing it as well.

Why is My Browser so Slow?

Chrome

Episode 1807

Bart from Los Angeles, CA

Bart is having issues with his browser. Could it be his computer? Leo says no. It's probably your internet connection. Check with your ISP to see if their DNS servers are acting up. You can clear your browser cache and see if that helps. Or you can change the DNS outright. You don't have to use your ISP's DNS. Try 1.1.1.1. That's Cloudflare. You can change it in your network settings. Leo uses NextDNS. It's $20 a year. There's also OpenDNS. Google's 8.8.8.8 is another one to try.

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.

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.

Should I use NextDNS?

NextDNS

Episode 1702

Pete from Amesbury, MA

Pete heard about a device to keep his iPad private called NextDNS. Does it use a VPN? Leo says that DNS is essentially the internet address system in IP numbers. DNS is the phone book for it. NextDNS bypasses your ISP so that they don't know what you're browsing on. It will encrypt the traffic to NextDNS and back. But your browser is still visible. The thing about VPNs is that they are a tunnel that encrypts everything and slows things down. Leo uses NextDNS on all his devices, but you'll go through the free tier pretty quickly. But it's not very expensive.

How can I prevent my router from dropping my internet connection?

DNS Benchmark

Episode 1533

Brian from Mission Viejo, CA

Brian has an Apple Airport and every time he gets on the network with his phone, the internet drops out. Leo says to check his DNS to see if it's properly configured. That can be found in network settings. He should also try rebooting his router. Steve Gibson has a tool called DNS Benchmark at GRC.com which can tell him how well his DNS settings are responding.

Why doesn't OpenDNS work for me?

Episode 1291

Pedro from Bronx, NY

Pedro created an account at OpenDNS but it isn't working for him. Leo says that OpenDNS can protect kids with a custom "phone book" that has a list of approved domain names in it. OpenDNS can then filter out the undesired addresses that he wouldn't want. If he inputs the router server settings of OpenDNS properly, it'll filter the traffic correctly. But if his kids have figured out how to change the settings in the computer, it can override that, unless he's made the settings in the router itself.