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Georgia wants to know how safe online banking is. Leo says it's very safe now, and you don't need to worry about having your bank account compromised. Nor do you have to have a separate computer dedicated to banking. All websites now are encrypted by design. Google began requiring that last year. Just be safe with your online behavior. Don't click on links, open attachments, or reply to emails from a bank. They will never contact you.
Johnny Jet joins Leo to talk about travel, especially during the outbreak. A listener wanted to know if there was a statistic on how many have caught COVID-19 while traveling on an airline. Johnny says it would be difficult to really pin that down unless the patient does a lot of traveling.
Jake wants to start his own online business. He wants to get into drop shipping, but also use his webcam to make a living. Leo says it's a great opportunity now due to the quarantine, and people are going to discover new ways to get the things they need. If you have the luxury of time right now, there's no time like the present and technology is at the eye of the storm.
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.
Researchers have announced a theoretical new internet known as the Quantum Internet, which will use quantum entanglement to connect computers without a physical connection. And the government is investing $500-700 million a year to make it a reality. Researchers also claim that because of the nature of photons to connect, there will be absolute security with no means to hack into it, thanks to the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle.
Ted would like to create his own domain name. What's the best way? Leo says that people can go to Google Domains to register a domain name. Search for the domain wanted and reserve it for a price. It's around $10 a year for most domains. But some are more expensive.
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.
Johnny Jet is still not flying, but the fact is, there's really nowhere to go. The Bahamas just locked out travel from the US and you have to quarantine even where you can travel. But Air BnB has had its biggest month ever, and camping is making a huge comeback. People are going to the beach too. So there's plenty to do locally.
The big news this week, though, is that Airlines and Hotels are making no exceptions for not wearing a mask. All are requiring masks. Disney World has cracked down as well. Some are wearing plastic face shields instead.
Joe does Zoom with his friends, but he can't see his video. Leo says to check the video settings and make sure it has the right camera selected. Make sure the camera is turned on and any shutters are open. Some webcams have one on the lid for privacy. Also, look in the settings to make sure your camera is actually enabled. The camera may be turned off as a security feature. Double-check in another camera app to see if it works to be sure.
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).