websites

How Can I Recover My Domain Name?

SiteSucker

Episode 1831

Jeff from Pasadea, CA

Jeff has a bunch of domain names and websites, but the person who set them up has disappeared. Now he has to renew the domains, and he can't. Leo says that what is likely happened is that the guy who set up the websites, listed himself as the point of contact. And with domain hijacking, registrars are reluctant to transfer them, no matter how legitimate the story is.  The only thing he can do is hope that the registrar gives in and changes the point of contact to him. He can "scrape the website" to get all the content and then rebuild it with a new domain name.

How Can I Get Help Booking a Vaccine if I Have Accessibility Issues?

Vaccinate LA

Episode 1780

Julian from Los Angeles, CA

Julian is TWIT's resident accessibility expert, and he's calling in because he heard Leo talk about accessibility with a previous caller. Some have had difficulties using the web for booking their vaccines. Julian says that VaccinateLA offers a phone booking at 833-540-0473. They'll ask several questions, but pressing 1-1-1-1 will get you to a phone operator who can search for you. It is a lot easier.

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 won't webpages load unless I move the mouse?

Firefox

Episode 1714

Walter from Los Angeles, CA

Walter has an old Dell i7 laptop that he loaned to a friend. But lately, the Firefox browser won't load a page until you move a mouse and the page pops up. What is that all about? Leo says it sounds like a bug in Firefox that is waiting for an input. It's called a "signal event loop." It may be a failed install of Windows 10 is likely the culprit. So back up the data, wipe the drive, and reinstall Windows 10. That should solve the issue.

Why Are Web Colors So Dull?

color

Episode 1707

Rusty from San Diego, CA

Rusty is building a website and wants to know how he can get a good bright orange color for it. Leo says that there's a new standard that supports colors that are "web-safe." But there are over 4 billion shades of colors. But  a shade of orange that is too bright is out of the question, even though any display can handle it.  So talk to the web developer about what they're using. If he's got a websafe mindset, maybe he isn't the developer needed. 

You can also go to this site and get the proper color code.

How can I record web activity online?

The Web

Episode 1637

Jeff from Los Angeles, CA

Jeff hates airpods. Leo agrees. They're awful. Very uncomfortable and way too easy to lose. Jeff also gets frustrated that his iPhone always seems to slip into silent mode. Leo says that's why he has a plastic case that has a lip on it, so the switch won't accidentally slip into it. Jeff is also perplexed that he can download a 30-minute chunk of air traffic control animation from WebTrack, but when he downloads another, he loses the first one. How is that happening?

Why Can't I Use VPN on Some Websites?

Norton

Episode 1618

Jim from Maui, HI

Jim uses Norton Secure VPN, and sometimes his internet website will say "we can't find your server." So he'll turn it off and it works. Leo says that sometimes internet security can get in the way and prevent connecting. The hotel he's connecting to may be blocking VPNs at the server level. But if they're using https, and Google is pushing most sites to do so, then he'll be OK. Just look for a small lock next to the URL. That means the traffic is encrypted.