VPNs

Why do I keep having to log in when I go online with my VPN?

Episode 1749

Mike from California

Mike is having issues with his Macbook Air forgetting his passwords when he's online. He constantly has to log in. Leo says that this is a common problem with macOS, especially when you have 2 Factor Authentication enabled. And if you're using a VPN, your location isn't the same, and that could be prompting macOS to make you log in again. Apple is very good on security, obsessed actually. As such, it's likely that since Mike is using a VPN, the location changes, and thus, macOS requires a new login. So try turning off your VPN and see if the issue continues.

Can I Use a VPN on a Chromebook?

ExpressVPN

Episode 1733

Phillip from California via Cleveland

Phillip wants to know if ExpressVPN will work on a Chromebook. Leo says he can set it up for a Chromebook, there's a ChromeOS app here. Customers will almost always want to pay for a VPN service to ensure that they aren't selling activity to pay the bills. Also, read their privacy policy. Leo's checked out ExpressVPN and they are legit.

One can also "roll their own" VPN through a router, but that doesn't give the benefit of being geographically anonymous. 

How Can I Speed Up My VPN?

ExpressVPN

Episode 1713

Sue from Illinois

Sue is using ExpressVPN and she notices it slows down her internet speed. Leo says it may because it's running her signal through another server down the road. But she'll get the fastest speed possible. Make sure to let ExpressVPN choose the server. It will test and select the fastest server available.  Also, select the smart location feature and it will pick the closest, fastest server to her. 

How can YouTube know I'm using a VPN?

ExpressVPN (Sponsor of the TWiT Network)

Episode 1712

Al from New Mexico

Al says that YouTube TV won't let him use a VPN now. Leo says that's because they want to know your location. But how do they know he's using a VPN? Leo says that there's no perfect way to detect a VPN, but if it's being done by a known IP address, that tells the tale. So Google knows what IP address VPN servers are using and some VPNs aren't good at masking it. Try another server or service that rotates IP addresses. Leo uses ExpressVPN (a sponsor of the TWiT Network).

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.