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Google Bans Zoom on Employee Computers

Google

Episode 1685

Due to security issues, Google has banned the video conferencing software ZOOM from all employee computers.  While Zoom is much easier to set up and use for most people, it does install a web server on your computer, that ends up being left active after you uninstall it. Leo says that Zoom has hired some new security experts in order to shore up their security, and Leo says that's the right move. Until then, Leo recommends JITSI. It uses the browser's WEBRTC feature, so there's nothing to install 

Why can't I log into Yahoo mail?

Yahoo

Episode 1684

Jim from Oneida, New York

John's friend is trying to log into mail.yahoo.com and he can't sign in, but his wife can. Leo says that Yahoo wants to do two-factor authentication now, so it may be that he has to change his password and update his settings. There may be issues with his Verizon.net email, which is preventing him from accessing his Yahoo account. Verizon also owns AOL. What Leo recommends is getting the hell away from Yahoo and going to Gmail. What Leo suspects is that Yahoo deactivated his account due to suspicious activity. 

How can I cut the cable?

YouTube TV

Episode 1684

Harold from West Covina, CA

Harold's father is tired of paying $200 a month to watch TV on cable. So he wants to cut the cord. He's looking at the FireTV with Sling. Leo says that the FireTV is fine, but they are engineered to encourage buying stuff from Amazon. Leo prefers the Roku player. There's also the Apple TV. Leo also recommends YouTubeTV for his local channels and other streaming options. Sling is another that's good; AT&T has one, but Leo's favorite is YouTube TV. It's $50. But that, on top of the internet, and you're already over $100.

Using Zoom has multiple security and privacy issues

Zoom

Episode 1684

While Zoom is helpful in keeping people connected during the Covid19 isolation, it also has huge privacy issues. Firstly, Zoom installed a web server on the background of Apple computers that would stay even if you uninstalled the software. Apple has fixed that, but Zoom was very slow to respond. There are also security issues with "Zoom bombing" where trolls are crashing meetings and posting offensive material.

What Services Are Good for Holding a Virtual Choir Practice?

Jammr

Episode 1683

Joe from California

Joe wants to know what would be better for doing a virtual choir practice, Jitsi or Zoom? Leo says that the real challenge is latency, the delay between all the connections. Regular video conferencing doesn't work for rehearsals. They don't' prioritize for latency. Leo says there are some music-centric services like Jammr.