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The president signed a new law called the Traced Act, which will enable the federal government to frustrate and maybe even end Robocalls.
Charles got a new Eero mesh router all set up (Eero is a sponsor of the TWiT Network), but now he gets a warning that his router can be seen online. Leo says that the best thing a router can do is be invisible by not responding to any online queries. It's called Stealth Mode. That's what GRC's Shields Up will test. Most routers have PING turn on by default. But you can turn it off in the security settings. Also, turn off universal plug n play and file sharing.
Larry is finding that every time he removes a program from his computer, his default apps get reset. What gives? Leo says that Microsoft may be trying to get Larry to use EDGE as a default. It could also be Microsoft's attempt to protect your computer's database by erring on the side of caution. There is a way to prevent it. Over at SuperUSer.com, there's a way to do it with REGEDIT. That's scary though.
This week, documents were leaked from a former Cambridge Analytica employee that the company data-mined information from Facebook worldwide on an "industrial scale" to manipulate elections worldwide.
Johnny Jet joins us to talk about travel. Leo recently traveled to Las Vegas on the Train with the California Zephyr and it was amazing. Johnny Jet says that Amtrak is making a comeback because it's just as much as flying, but it's far more leisurely and enjoyable. App of the week - POLARSTEPS. It's a travel journal for your phone and uses your photos to create great photo books. Available for iOS and Google Play. And people can follow you.
Alex wants to do Facebook live by connecting a GoPro to his iPad. Leo recommends considering buying the MEVO camera. It is designed to stream live directly to Facebook, YouTube, etc. in 4K. If he streams in 1080p, it's like having 4 cameras at once. If going with the GoPro, then he'll need to use GoPro's software to do it. The challenge will be inputting the audio. The chatroom says he can use a USB-C mic adapter into the GoPro. GoPro has a 3.5mm adapter here.
Bob wants to know if eFax is still a good option to get faxes without a landline. Leo says that eFax will convert your fax to a PDF digital copy. You can then sign it digitally and then resend via eFax. There's no need to have any other hardware.
Chris had an issue where the power went out and wants to know how he can have an always-on WiFi thing no matter what. Leo says that the only real solution is redundancy. Leo has three different ISPs for the studio, so if something goes out, they can switch over. So if you have an iPad with LTE, you have a backup. And you can always hotspot through it. Another option is a pay as you go access point with day passes. That way, you can turn it one when you need it. Try SkyRoam.
Fred isn't happy with Amazon because they listed his Amazon Echo for $24.99, keeping it just under the threshold for free shipping. Leo says that Amazon is losing money with free shipping. Likely, they are merely trying to recoup some of that. So you end up buying more to get that free shipping. It's a brain game.
Tom wants to know how a VPN can be secure or even fast if it has to cross ISPs. Leo says that is a good question. Leo says that a good VPN will have little latency, but the larger question is, who is running your VPN? That's who you're trusting with your privacy and security.