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04:18

Watch out for dynamic pricing when shopping online

Watch out for dynamic pricing when shopping online

Dan from Ocean Park, WA called in to The Kim Komando Show to ask why a product he almost bought on Amazon had doubled in price when he searched for it again at a later date on Amazon. There are many factors that go into that price shift that you may not be aware of. Kim shares with Dan what causes these price fluctuations and how sellers use this tactic to make a profit.

 

01:39

The most fun and useful things you can do with a smart assistant

The most fun and useful things you can do with a s

The voice-controlled smart home is the hottest trend in consumer tech since the smartphone itself. And in the center of the smart home revolution are smart speakers/virtual assistants like Amazon Echo/Alexa, Google Home/Google Assistant and Apple HomePod/Siri. Do you have a virtual assistant at home? Are you using it to its full capacity? We have some tips and tricks that will help you fully embrace the smart home revolution.

 

06:39

How to track your child’s smartphone use

How to track your child’s smartphone use

Joseph from Mt. Laurel, NJ called in to The Kim Komando Show with a question about how to track and safeguard his daughter's new smartphone. These days, it's harder than ever to keep tabs on what our kids are doing. That's because they've got two lives: The one you can see and monitor; and the virtual one, where you may have no idea what they're up to. Kim gives Joseph some awesome advice on how to set up boundaries for his daughter to use her new phone and shares an app that will allow him to supervise, manage and protect his daughter's device use.

 

01:52

Wireless security cameras with the most free cloud storage

Wireless security cameras with the most free cloud

Home security is as important as ever, and the great news is there are plenty of cameras that will help protect our homes. They are easy to set up and do a great job of monitoring what goes on in and around your home, with some doing even more than that. But along with just watching the happenings, one of the best things they can do is record the video to be watched later. After all, you probably don't have time to just monitor your home all day, but may at some point have a need to check the tape.

 

06:55

How to get your money back when you book your vacation rental online

How to get your money back when you book your vaca

Linda from Idaho had been planning a trip to North Carolina and had booked and paid for a rental home online. When Hurricane Florence hit and her flight was cancelled, she naturally figured she could get a refund on her rental. That wasn’t the case. Out of frustration, Linda called The Kim Komando Show for advice from Kim on how she could get her money back.

 

00:00

Secrets to getting the best airplane Wi-Fi possible

Secrets to getting the best airplane Wi-Fi possibl

You'll finally have speedy in-flight internet. Here's how to make the slow, sluggish and unpredictable airplane Wi-Fi a lot less expensive and a lot faster! Keep reading to find out how these simple tricks can improve your Wi-Fi on your next flight.

 

00:00

A surprising way to save on business class flights

A surprising way to save on business class flights

Airlines are giving travelers a chance to upgrade their airplane seats and fly in style at a fraction of the usual price. Play your cards right and you could get a very classy seat for a lot less than the usual price.

 

00:00

The best way to gain exposure and land your dream job

The best way to gain exposure and land your dream

Stephen from South Carolina is looking for a new career move. He called in to The Kim Komando Show seeking tips from Kim on how he can reach potential employers and get noticed. If you’re starting a new career, making a career change or simply wanting to get the perfect job, Kim gives tips how to maximize your online presence and have a great digital first impression!

 

00:00

Selling your house? Here are some upgrades you need to get!

Selling your house? Here are some upgrades you nee

We're sharing expert tips from realtors who know what home buyers want. These days, they want smart home tech. The great news for you is, you can often increase your home's value by adding a few smart home devices that will set you back less than $1,000 and often less than $100.

 

00:00

6 popular accounts that need two-factor authentication

6 popular accounts that need two-factor authentica

Setting up two-factor authentication for securing your account is a pretty good idea. It's obvious that this simple step is worth the little effort required to set it up. But which accounts should you enable it on? Here's how to enable two-factor authentication on six popular accounts offering this must-have feature.

 

00:00

Apple Pay vs. Samsung Pay vs. Google Pay: Which is best?

Apple Pay vs. Samsung Pay vs. Google Pay: Which is

Most of us now have access to an alternative to the good, old-fashioned wallet. The big three options for mobile payment systems are Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Samsung Pay. They all turn your smartphone (or certain smartwatches) into a mobile wallet, letting you pay for purchases without having to fish out a credit card or cash. Choosing which mobile payment system to go with is an interesting question.

 

00:00

Social media and your child’s safety

Social media and your child’s safety

Jill from Virginia called in to The Kim Komando Show to get advice about what to do. Even though Jill had signed a waiver explicitly denying the school from posting her children's pictures on social media, they are still doing so. It turns out they have been doing so every year. After contacting the school and receiving no resolution, Jill wanted to know what steps she could take. Kim advises Jill on how to protect his children’s privacy online.

 

00:00

How to turn off Google location tracking for real

How to turn off Google location tracking for real

It's no secret that Google monitors and stores a lot of information about you, such as your location history. They do provide tools and options to turn location tracking off; however, new findings indicate that the company still records your movements even when you tell it not to. Now, that's creepy, right?

 

01:35

Make money selling your old cellphone for big bucks

Make money selling your old cellphone for big buck

When learning about and playing with your new smartphone, did you ever stop to think about what to do with the old one? Throw it out? Give it away? You weren't planning on using it ever again, after all, and it was just going to be a high-tech paperweight. While it may be too late for the phone you replaced years ago, it's a good thing to know that you can actually sell your old phone. And not for pennies, either. But for real money.

 

06:21

Tips to clean up your online reputation

Tips to clean up your online reputation

Amanda from Omaha, NE called in to The Kim Komando Show asking Kim for advice. She is launching into a new career and wants her social media to reflect her new path. Cleaning up her social media is something she needs to do, and do it right. Kim gives some good advice on how to put her best foot forward with her future employers so they can see her in the best "virtual" light possible.

 

01:26

Change this one setting to get faster internet speeds

Change this one setting to get faster internet spe

Have you ever been frustrated by slow internet speeds? You pay a boatload of cash to your internet security provider and then your connection is spotty and slow. It can be really frustrating. There are many things that could be causing delays in your connection speed especially your DNS, or Domain Name System.

 

02:17

6 smart home upgrades to help sell your house

6 smart home upgrades to help sell your house

You gotta know your audience. That's the key to selling anything. And it’s especially true when you're selling your house. Because that could mean potentially thousands of dollars more! So if you plan to sell your home or know someone who is, make sure to follow these tips to maximize on your profit.

 

00:00

How to find indoor cameras when renting a house or apartment

How to find indoor cameras when renting a house or

Matthew from Kansas called in to the Kim Komando Show to talk about some strange happenings at his new apartment that have been occurring over the last few months. After sharing some stories with Kim, Matthew is convinced his neighbors are spying on him with a hidden camera in his apartment. Kim gives Matthew some great tips on how to spot and stop hidden cameras in his home.

 

01:03

Wi-Fi vs. Bluetooth vs. USB tethering: Which is best for you?

Wi-Fi vs. Bluetooth vs. USB tethering: Which is be

You have your laptop open and ready. You need to answer some emails or complete a work assignment, but there’s no Wifi in sight. This could end up being a frustrating situation, but there’s a simple workaround that can get you online in a jiffy. All you need is a device, either Apple or Android, with a cellular connection. But which is the best way to connect? It all comes down to what you need to accomplish.

 

01:10

Podcast: Alex Jones, the First Amendment and Big Tech

Podcast: Alex Jones, the First Amendment and Big T

The First Amendment states that our government can't regulate our right to free speech but what about Big Tech? Facebook, Twitter, Apple, and other tech companies have been cracking down on conspiracy theorist and radio show host Alex Jones. In this Consumer Tech Update podcast Kim explores the topic of free speech and Big Tech.

 

26:59

Podcast: How to outsmart hackers and scammers when you travel

Podcast: How to outsmart hackers and scammers when

You go on vacation to escape. But one thing you can’t escape is the danger of being hacked, scammed or tracked - and as traveler, you’re a prime target! In this episode of Komando on Demand, you'll learn crucial safety practices to safeguard your internet security, whether travelling for business or pleasure. So before you even log on to book a flight, hotel, or car you need to arm yourself.

 

01:45

Slay vampire electronics to save big money

Slay vampire electronics to save big money

Americans spend $19 billion a year (that’s around $165 per household) on something completely wasteful. You’ve probably never thought about it, but idle electronics, also known as “vampire electronics,” consume all day and night. They us nearly a quarter of an average home's energy. Do you know how much energy is being sucked away in your home? You'd be surprised.

 

07:28

How to raise awareness for worthy causes

How to raise awareness for worthy causes

Stephen from Texas has been battling kidney disease for several years. He called in to the show asking Kim about the best ways to raise awareness about kidney donation on social media and more specifically about his own need for a kidney transplant. Kim gives Stephen some tips on how to start an awareness campaign that can help him and others in need.

 

01:37

How to stop Google from tracking and targeting you with ads

How to stop Google from tracking and targeting you

Have you ever noticed that Google's ads seem to know more about you than you know about yourself? When Google posts an ad about horror movies, for example, and you happen to be a horror movie buff. Google has a way of knowing what topics interest you. Did you know you can tell Google to stop tailoring its ads to your interests?

 

01:12

What I streamed and what I liked: “Nailed It” – Part reality show, part hot mess

What I streamed and what I liked: “Nailed It

Do you enjoy baking? Then you know how important it is to follow a recipe. You're going to enjoy the Netflix Original called "Nailed It", where contestants compete to win a $10,000 grand prize to create edible masterpieces. But there's a twist: the contestants have a terrible baking track record. It's a hilarious show that is guaranteed to make you laugh.

 

01:52

The best low-cost cellphone plans for 2018

The best low-cost cellphone plans for 2018

Have you taken a look at your cellphone bill lately? It's most likely higher than you thought and you wonder why that is. Fortunately even the most expensive of carriers offer cheaper options, and while they may not be offered at the same price point as what is sold by lesser carriers, they provide the top-notch quality at a more affordable rate.

 

06:29

How to save your relationship from the devastation of porn addiction

How to save your relationship from the devastation

Sally from Tennessee called into the show to talk about her husband's addiction to porn over the last 15 years. He wants to quit, but it has been a long and difficult road that has had some devastating effects on their marriage. Kim gives Sally tools that will offer long-term benefit not only break the addiction but also save their marriage.

 

02:26

Streaming video to watch this weekend: Kim’s Pick

Streaming video to watch this weekend: Kim’s

Every week, Kim gives listeners her movie pick to watch or stream over the weekend. This week's choice is "The Music of Silence" which chronicles the life of world famous opera singer Andrea Bocelli, who transcended his blindness through his singing. If you are looking for an inspiring and heart-warming story this weekend, this is the perfect movie to watch!

 

03:05

The best streaming services you can get for $25 or less per month

The best streaming services you can get for $25 or

Saving money is a good idea. A smart way to do that is to find ways to lower your monthly bills. One bill in particular comes to mind when thinking about spending less. Of course I'm talking about the cable bill. Cable and satellite companies have been raising prices for years. It's gotten to the point where it can cost up to a couple hundred dollars per month just to watch television. Don't fret! There are still quality streaming services out there that you can get at a bargain price.

 

06:34

Kim helps caller find a long-lost friend to thank her

Kim helps caller find a long-lost friend to thank

Peri from Kentwood, MI called in to the Kim Komando Show looking for Kim to help her find a middle school friend named Norma. Peri wanted to find Norma to thank her for saving her life all those years ago and to tell her how much their friendship meant to her. If you've had a person impact your life, this story will tug at your heartstrings. Kim gives Peri advice on how to reconnect with her long lost friend Norma.

 

01:57

10 clever Gmail settings that will fix your inbox once and for all

10 clever Gmail settings that will fix your inbox

Do you have problems with your email? Gmail is clearly the email program of choice for the majority of people. Free and with virtually unlimited storage, it boasts more than 1 billion active users! Google packs so many features into gmail but as we all know, more features means more clutter and more confusion. But don't worry, we will help you become a pro at managing your email.

 

01:23

Electric or gas-powered cars – Which one is cheaper to own?

Electric or gas-powered cars – Which one is

We're in the age of the eco-friendly car boom. Hybrid vehicles aside, electric cars run solely on battery power and that means no trips to the gas station. The idea is to save money, right? Gas may be expensive but electricity is not particularly cheap, either. Add to the equation the price of an electric car compared to a fuel-efficient standard vehicle and some questions seem to arise. Kim Komando looks at the pros and cons of electric versus gas-powered cars and answers the question: which is cheaper?

 

07:55

Caller finds $611,000 by asking Kim for advice

Caller finds $611,000 by asking Kim for advice

Debbie called The Kim Komando Show concerned her father got a letter from an investigator claiming they found money that belonged to him and wanted a finder’s fee. The amount? $611,000! Before acting on it, she called Kim for her trusted advice. Kim did investigating on her own and found shocking results: This claim looks legitimate! Kim told Debbie how to get the money without paying anyone a finder's fee. Who knows? Maybe there is a fortune waiting for you too!

 

01:54

Amazon default privacy settings you need to change now

Amazon default privacy settings you need to change

Amazon is the go-to for great deal on shopping. So when did it become a social media website too? Believe it or not, Amazon is recording a lot about you. There are some settings you should know about to make sure that your shopping activity isn't out there for everyone to see. The good news is that you have control over what is posted on there. In this video, Kim gives the steps you need to ensure your privacy when shopping on Amazon.

 

01:05

One mistake to avoid and save money on your cable bill the easy way

One mistake to avoid and save money on your cable

Does it feel like that stack of monthly bills keeps getting larger and larger? One bill in particular has been growing by leaps and bounds for quite some time. Of course, we're talking about your cable bill. But you're not alone. Kim Komando gives an easy way to save serious money on your cable bill along with how to do it correctly.

 

05:57

Top smart home system to modernize your house

Top smart home system to modernize your house

Mark from Nashville called in to The Kim Komando Show to ask Kim about the best alternative to install a smart home system in his new home. Kim gives him a review of various systems out there outlining what they offer and where they fall short. Think of the everything you can turn into smart technology from our kitchens to our bedrooms. Appliances such as refrigerators, ovens and stoves are turning "smart" along with our TVs, beds and even toilets. Is investing in this technology worth the price? This video will give you the tools to decide.

 

01:55

20 Google products and services you didn’t know existed

20 Google products and services you didn’t k

Google is so popular that it is used as a verb to describe the act of web searching. But that's not Google's only use. You may recognize other products and services us as Google Maps, Google Earth, the web browser Google Chrome, Gmail and many others. Still, there are Google products you've never heard of, or used, but you probably should.

 

05:05

One way to boost your home network that you need to know about

One way to boost your home network that you need t

Do you have spots in your home that get very little to no reception? Many people do and a common solution is to use Wi-Fi hotspots from their cellphone. But what if you live 4 feet underground or your home is made of concrete? Blair from Indiana does so he called The Kim Komando Show to Kim's advice on how he could get better cell reception within his home. Kim gives him a solution that even you can use in order to maximize Wi-Fi in your home.

 

01:44

Streaming video services compared: What’s the best value?

Streaming video services compared: What’s th

Sorting through the cacophony of streaming video services is challenging. Ultimately, you want to get the best streaming experience for your money. The three big players right now are Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Hulu and they’re competing for your attention with original movies and television shows as well as vast catalogs of video choices from other studios.

 

01:38

Listen up! 5 things hackers tell you not to do or you’ll be their next victim

Listen up! 5 things hackers tell you not to do or

Are you doing everything you can to stay as secure as possible online? Likelihood is you’ve done at least one of these things that can put you in harm’s way, especially number 5. That’s when hackers come in and take advantage. Watch this clip from The Kim Komando Show for Kim’s advice on simple things you should avoid doing online to stay clear of hackers.

 

01:30

10 clever ways to earn extra money this summer

10 clever ways to earn extra money this summer

Though the economy is looking better these days, it never hurts to make a little extra money.Did you know there are plenty of apps out there that will put some extra cash in your pocket and they’re easy to use? It's true. Click here to read the article

 

06:07

If you shop online using your smartphone watch out!

If you shop online using your smartphone watch out

Debbie from New York called in to The Kim Komando Show asking about how to be safe when doing financial transactions using her smartphone - especially in public.  If you’re like Debbie, this information is very important. These days, you can use your Android smartphone or iPhone to digitally pay for everything from groceries to your dry cleaning. But be careful!

 

02:29

5 essentials when buying a connected car

5 essentials when buying a connected car

Cars have come a long way since they first hit the roads. Bluetooth capabilities, rear-view cameras, navigation systems and zoned temperature controls are just a few of the ways our vehicles have improved in the past few years.  As car technology constantly improves, connected cars are now offering even more exciting features that you won't believe.

 

01:34

Clever ways to immediately lower your cellphone bill

Clever ways to immediately lower your cellphone bi

Most mobile providers have stopped offering free or highly-discounted phones when your contract is up every couple years. Now, they allow you to distribute payments for your new gadget over a period of time, typically 24 or 30 months. Gadget payments are then added to your monthly service bill, which means you can expect a pretty hefty bill each month.  That's why you need to know these five useful ways to lower your cellphone bill.

 

02:38

How to avoid being tracked online

How to avoid being tracked online

In our modern era of personalized ads and online user tracking, I don't blame you if you're concerned about the digital tracks you are leaving behind whenever you are online. Big data is big business nowadays, and your browsing and search habits get collected, cataloged, analyzed and fed through algorithms that are designed to monetize your every move. Thankfully, there are a number of tools out there that can help you boost your online privacy.

 

02:20

The value of vinyl records

The value of vinyl records

Nowadays, CDs aren't even the primary way people consume music. Most of us have moved onto streaming music with services like Pandora, Spotify, and Amazon Music Unlimited. But with the resurgence of vinyl, there's an opportunity for wise collectors to make some serious coin. If you had the foresight to hang on to that record collection all these years, you might be sitting on a pile gold...so to speak.  

 

02:01

10 insider ways to keep hackers and scammers away from your private files

10 insider ways to keep hackers and scammers away

As the services we use on a daily basis become larger targets for hackers, that means it's even more critical that we all take the necessary steps to protect our private data. With cybercrime so rampant these days, you need to be proactive about protecting yourself. To help you out, here are 10 insider ways to keep hackers and scammers away from your private files.