Dave recently upgraded his network with new routers and created Steve Gibson's three router network for security. He wants to know what's the best way to do it to be more efficient and secure. Leo says that Steve Gibson over at GRC.com is the expert here. But there's an easier way to do it, with virtual LAN networks assigned within the physical network. Using the EdgeRouterX enables you to create up to 4 segmented networks that can't cross over. And it's only $59. Great deal. But since Dave has already bought the routers, PC Perspective is where you want to go.
Rene ran Steve Gibson's Inspectre tool for her computer and it says it needs to be patched to avoid the latest Meltdown exploit. She's checked with her motherboard maker and they haven't put out a BIOS patch. So should she stop using her computer? Leo says no. There's no current danger for end users yet. She should just keep her computer updated as best she can and check with her motherboard maker every once in a while.
Sunny got a Lenovo tablet with Windows 10. She was promised Windows 7 could also be used, but it just kept pushing her to upgrade. Leo says now that the free upgrade has passed, it should go away. There is a faster way to get rid of it, though, and it's from Steve Gibson. It's called Never 10. It will remove that reminder from the registry.
Cathy has Windows 7 and does not want to move to Windows 10. Leo says that she can turn off recommended updates, but keep critical updates. Critical updates are vital to keeping the OS healthy and secure. But she can definitely choose to disable recommended updates, which is where the Windows 10 update files will be offered.
But there's a better option from Steve Gibson. It's called Never10. She can download it, install it, run it, and then can delete it. And she'll never be bothered by it again.
Rick wants to know how domain names and DNS settings work and why sometimes it takes awhile to get his DNS listed. Leo says that DNS, which stands for Domain Name Servers, is basically the phone book of the internet. Not all DNS are alike, though. OpenDNS is pretty good. But chances are his ISP's DNS will be the fastest.
George wants to know of a way to use his computer without having to use a password or user name because he keeps forgetting them. Leo says that passwords don't work. We have to remember them, so we tend to make weak passwords and use them on multiple sites. Steve Gibson has an idea called SQRL (Secure, Quick, Reliable Log In). The idea being that a smartphone app will automatically authenicate using a QR code so it just lets the user right in. Great idea, but behind the scenes it's a lot more complicated than that.
Jay wants a router that can access the fastest DNS on the net. Leo says that would be a great feature. Steve Gibson has a program that can find them, but Leo doesn't know of any routers that have that built in.
Steve Gibson joins the show to talk about the latest revelations that the NSA is spending millions to break conventional encryption as they spy on us. Steve says that while the news is concerning, it only means that they're merely trying to do this. He says that the press all too often creates inflammatory headlines to sell content. There's no foundation to the rumor that the NSA has done all that. Encryption is still strong. They're just focusing on the weakest link in the chain.