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06:44

Tips and tricks for preserving family history

Tips and tricks for preserving family history

Kandy from Phoenix, OR called in to The Kim Komando Show with a question about how to make a book out of her 92 year-old mother's poetry. Kandy's mom lives in a very rural area and she wanted some tips about the best way to start preserving her writing. Kandy also wanted to know the best way to record her mother telling the stories behind her poetry. Kim give Kandy some great tips on how best to preserve this piece of her family history.

 

01:49

Stop your phone from being tracked with these settings

Stop your phone from being tracked with these sett

We are quickly moving toward, or are already in, an information economy. This means that companies are acquiring information on everyone and then selling it to advertisers. That little device in your pocket is one of the main contributors. But how can you stop it from gathering this information? I'll show you.

 

04:12

Clever websites that will save you a ton of money

Clever websites that will save you a ton of money

It doesn't matter if you're a college student, a senior on a budget, or a successful business person doing very well. It never hurts to save some money here and there. And if you're a savvy shopper, you probably spend extra time scoping out the internet for deals. There are plenty of websites that offer most of what you're looking for at discounted prices. But with millions of sites out there, how do you know where to find the true gems? Don't worry, we've done the legwork for you.

 

05:12

Kim’s tips for handling disruptive Wi-Fi signals

Kim’s tips for handling disruptive Wi-Fi sig

Jeff from Joplin, MO called in to The Kim Komando Show with some questions about how to stop people from squatting in his parking lot. Jeff's business is across the street from a laundromat that offers freeWi-Fi. The problem is that people are parking in his parking lot in order to use the Wi-Fi across the street. Needless to say, this is a major disruption for Jeff's business. Kim offers Jeff some excellent suggestions on ways to block or disrupt the signal coming from another business.

 

02:37

How to stop robocalls for good in 2019

How to stop robocalls for good in 2019

We've been telling you about robocalls every week, so we assembled a complete guide to stopping and fighting robocalls. Learn about tools from your wireless carrier, apps you can install on your smart phone, plus common-sense tactics that will help you spot and thwart unwanted telemarketing calls. Watch to the end for a humorous way some people are getting even with robocallers.

 

06:22

Kim’s tips for selling online and on social media

Kim’s tips for selling online and on social

Marilyn from Huntsville, Alabama, called into The Kim Komando Show with some questions about how to sell her paintings online. Marilyn is an extremely talented artist and has been painting for over 30 years. Her paintings are hanging in galleries all over the world and are very popular. Marilyn wants to start selling more of her paintings online rather than in galleries. Kim gives Marilyn some tips on how to get started selling on social media as well as some other avenues to get her art to the right audience.

 

02:47

7 search sites to use other than Google

7 search sites to use other than Google

"Just Google it" has become a common expression. It shows just how much Google has become part of the lexicon when it comes to search engines. But, what if you are trying to search for something more specific, like what to watch on a late night, or your trying to find that perfect GIF? There are specific search engines that cater to basically anything. They are even better than Google.

 

04:00

15 most exotic expensive places you can rent on VRBO

15 most exotic expensive places you can rent on VR

Looking to start planning your vacation for 2019? While most of the time doing this means asking the question, "How much can I afford?" why don't we ask the question, "How much can I spend?" With that in mind, I have put together a list of some of the most exotic and expensive rentals available on VRBO.

 

02:21

5 Alexa skills that you’ll use time and time again

5 Alexa skills that you’ll use time and time aga

Alexa can perform so-called “skills.” Amazon and its partners have developed more than 15,000 skills, and they run the gamut of uses – from workflow to domestic life to entertainment to safety to whimsical party tricks. Here are several exciting ways that an Alexa device can assist you.

 

00:58

CES highlights from Komando.com

CES highlights from Komando.com

The 2019 Consumer Electronics Show is happening in Las Vegas Jan. 8-11 and we'll have all the highlights. CES is the largest show of its kind in the US, with more than 180,000 people and more than 4,500 exhibiting companies. Exhibitors feature products from dozens of product categories, including fitness, home, vehicle, computer hardware, virtual reality and artificial intelligence. Check back with komando.com all week for CES highlights!

 

01:51

What makes a smart thermostat smart?

What makes a smart thermostat smart?

Are you looking to make your home a whole lot smarter? With the smart home revolution in full swing, one of the best investments you can do right off the bat is a smart thermostat. Why? Switching your regular thermostat to a smart one will not only make your home feel more "hi-tech," but it can also help you manage and cut your energy costs. Smart thermostats also offer a level of convenience that we've never had before.

 

01:32

5G feeds your need for internet speed

5G feeds your need for internet speed

The 5G revolution is also aimed at delivering virtual-reality experiences and bringing more devices online, from sensors and robots to cars and smart-home gadgets. The next generation of wireless tech is handing out some big promises, so here’s what you need to know about the coming of 5G.

 

05:22

How secure and private are DNA tests?

How secure and private are DNA tests?

Todd from Pennsylvania called in to The Kim Komando Show with some concerns about DNA testing. Todd wanted to know how secure his DNA would be with companies like 23andMe or Ancestry.com. With the popularity of DNA testing, Todd's concerns are well founded. Kim gives Todd some tips and advice about how to protect your DNA being sold to third-party companies.

 

01:01

10 hidden Google search features

10 hidden Google search features

Google it. It's hard to imagine a time when that expression didn't exist, but now googling things is just another routine part of daily life. People use it every day as a source for just about anything you can imagine, but because there's so much out there, sometimes it's a struggle to find really specific information. That's OK, because Google has a lot of options to help you narrow your search − if you know how to use them.

 

02:06

One big secret the streaming companies don’t want you to know

One big secret the streaming companies don’t

So many of us are deciding to cut the cord and ditch cable. It's more convenient, has more options, and is cheap, or so we might have thought. You might think you are saving money by cutting the cord, but with the cost of streaming services and the number there are now, it can become extremely expensive. It's shocking when you do the math.

 

05:53

Ideas and tips for musicians to reach a larger audience online

Ideas and tips for musicians to reach a larger aud

Justin from Canton, MI called in to The Kim Komando Show with a question about how to reach a wider audience for his band. Justin's band have been playing together for about 6 months and he describes their music as a mix of hard rock and heavy metal and he wants to know how to find a bigger audience via the internet. After listening to their music and watching their video, Kim gives Justin some tips and ideas on how to stand out from other musicians online.

 

01:19

5 steps to record and share your family history

5 steps to record and share your family history

Websites like Ancestry.com have lead many people to piece their family's history together through records. But you can take a different approach and not only learn more about your family members' pasts, but preserve that information in a digital archive of interviews to share with others for years to come. And with these ideas from The New York Times, it only takes a few steps.

 

02:02

How to load up with free movies and TV shows before you travel

How to load up with free movies and TV shows befor

As we move into the thick of the holiday travel season, we can sometimes be traveling for hours and hours to get to our destination. This makes for quite the boring trip if we don't keep ourselves entertained. But sometimes on these long journeys, we don't have the internet. So how do we watch our favorite movies and pass the times? Simple - you download them directly to your device. The best part is, many of them are free. I'll show you how.

 

01:56

One thing you need to do now to protect your online accounts and cellphone number

One thing you need to do now to protect your onlin

With all the hacking, scamming, online fraud and so much more out there, it can be difficult to really know how to protect your online accounts. Plus, with robocalls, your cellphone number is vulnerable, too. Well I've recently discovered a way to make sure not only to protect your identity online, but you also maintain the security of your cellphone number. It's easier then you may think, and I can show you.

 

06:19

Kim’s Advice: Best computer for video editing your precious memories

Kim’s Advice: Best computer for video editin

Dave from Green Bay, WI called in to The Kim Komando Show to get advice on what computer he should purchase for editing his vacation videos. Dave and his girlfriend are traveling extensively and making memories. Already an avid still photographer, Dave is now taking a lot of digital video of their trips and would like to buy a computer that can handle extensive video editing. Kim gives Dave tips on the ideal computer to purchase that can help him edit their memories like a pro.

 

01:50

Practical and boring tech gifts people will use time and time again

Practical and boring tech gifts people will use ti

Sometimes amazing tech doesn't need all the flash and glitz to make it incredibly useful. Some tech is more about convenience, ease of use, and the way it impacts our lives, rather than how much it blows our mind. This Christmas, maybe it's time we get our loved ones something they will use virtually on a daily basis. Some of these items may seem simple, but can really be life changers.

 

01:39

New ways to come up with a secure password

New ways to come up with a secure password

Passwords are just one of those things we have to get used to. They basically are required for almost everything we do now. Our phones, tablets, email, bank account - you name it, they are everywhere. But are you making sure you are safe online with all your different passwords? Are you managing them correctly or making sure they are robust enough? You might not be as safe as you think.

 

09:59

The inspirational story of a wounded veteran

The inspirational story of a wounded veteran

Steven from Monroe, UT, a Vietnam War veteran himself, called in to the show to share his inspirational story about his son, Rob, who was gravely wounded in Iraq. Rob was in and out of numerous hospitals, had several surgeries, and the whole family was affected. Kim has always feels deeply connected to the military and to her listeners. Steven called to thank Kim for getting his son a laptop that helped him pass the time during hospital visits and when he went back to school. The Kim Komando Show thanks all those who serve our country and has always supported our men and women in our military.

 

00:40

Traveling this holiday season? Here are 5 ways to not get hacked

Traveling this holiday season? Here are 5 ways to

Some people might know that traveling can leave you even more vulnerable to hackers and scammers. As the holidays approach many of us will be traveling more and more. So how do we protect ourselves? Well, there are some simple tricks we can use while we are online and traveling that can make sure we keep our personal and financial information safe. I can show you how.

 

01:05

Set up your own personal VPN

Set up your own personal VPN

Hackers have a ton of tools to get your personal information. They can use social media, emails, fraudulent websites and so much more to hack you and get whatever they want. There is good news, though. You can use your own set of tools to protect yourself. One of these tools is a VPN or Virtual Private Network. VPNs can make sure you are protected from a number of hacks, and they are relatively simple to set up. I can show you how with some simple steps.

 

01:37

3 ways to keep your Amazon gifts under wraps

3 ways to keep your Amazon gifts under wraps

As Christmas approaches, we are starting to get those gifts we purchased online for our friends and family. But, sometimes it can be difficult to make sure we keep those presents secret so that on the big day we can see the surprise and joy on their faces. That's why I have three tips for you that will make sure you keep those presents under wraps this year.

 

25:55

Podcast: The best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals!

Podcast: The best Black Friday and Cyber Monday de

Shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday means getting the best deals on the latest tech like laptops, televisions, tablets, smartphones, and so much more. In this episode of Komando on Demand, Kim shares insider secrets on scoring the best deals you can get your hands on during the biggest shopping days of the year. Kim talks to retail and shopping expert Sarah Hollenbeck from blackfriday.com about some of the best deals from Best Buy, Amazon, Target, Walmart, Kohl's, Macy's, and other retailers. Don't miss this podcast as you will hear first-hand what to look for and where to find it. Kim and Sarah also share the hottest deals on clothing, jewelry, and toys on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

 

01:51

3 Black Friday and Cyber Monday insider secrets stores don’t want you to know

3 Black Friday and Cyber Monday insider secrets st

The holiday shopping weekend coming up, better known as Black Friday and Cyber Monday, has some amazing deals, but even with all the sales it's easy to rack up a pretty penny. So, of course you want to save a little extra cash during Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Fortunately, there are some simple tricks that help you do just that. I can show you how.

 

01:58

10 great Siri tricks you’ll wish you knew sooner

10 great Siri tricks you’ll wish you knew so

The virtual assistants are becoming more and more prevalent everyday. We use them to do so much from simple reminders to remembering what to buy at the grocery store. Well one of the first and most popular of these is, of course, Siri for the iPhone. What you might not know is there is a slew of unique features that she can perform that are not only game changing but sometimes entertaining.

 

01:52

Best streaming boxes for getting the shows and movies you want

Best streaming boxes for getting the shows and mov

At this point, it seems that streaming movies and TV shows is just so much simpler and more convenient than cable. You can watch whatever you want, whenever you want right from the comfort of your couch. But, there are just so many streaming devices that it can be difficult to know which one is the best. The good thing is, there are quite a few great ones out there. I can show you the best ones to buy today.

 

01:43

Critical settings so hackers can’t access your bank accounts

Critical settings so hackers can’t access your b

Just how secure are your bank accounts? You need to assume that your password isn’t strong enough. You might as well believe that someone, somewhere, is working around the clock to break into your accounts and steal your money, your identity and anything else you have. Because it’s essentially true. But there are ways to block them.

 

05:05

Publishing a book from a hacker’s point of view

Publishing a book from a hacker’s point of v

Karl from Oklahoma City, a former hacker, called in to The Kim Komando Show to ask about how to publish and promote a book. Karl, a former hacker, has decided to write a book about ID theft from a hackers' point of view. Having a former hacker give tips and advice about what people can do to safeguard their personal data is a huge benefit to everyone. Kim asks Karl about his days as a hacker, about his book and then gives him some advice on how to get it published.

 

01:17

How to use your phone as your home internet provider

How to use your phone as your home internet provid

In this day and age, we all require the internet for a wide variety of tasks throughout our day-to-day lives. We need to connect with our friends and family, be entertained, find out information, or basically anything else. With that being said, a new wave of so called 'Cord Cutting' seems to be on the rise. First it was getting rid of the landline phone, then it was cable, now it's home internet service.

 

01:48

Clever ways to free up space on your smartphone

Clever ways to free up space on your smartphone

Have you ever gotten that alert that says your phone is too full and you need to delete items to open up space? It can seem annoying and hard to choose what to delete. Do you delete photos, apps, contacts? There is a right and a wrong way to go about doing this. I can show you what to delete first and what to save or move somewhere else, and it's actually pretty simple.

 

02:13

Set up your financial accounts like you’re going to be hacked

Set up your financial accounts like you’re g

One of the most important things we need to protect in this digital day and age is our financial accounts. That means bank accounts, credit accounts, retirement accounts, and more. And with more and more hackers getting at our personal information, it really is time you look at these accounts like it's an inevitability that they get hacked at some point. The good thing is I have put together a list of 5 things you can do right now to protect yourself when that day comes.

 

05:33

One Man, Three Hacks. What happened to this guy can happen to any of us.

One Man, Three Hacks. What happened to this guy ca

Kim talks to a caller named Barry in Virginia who had his information hacked not once, not twice, but three times and is now looking for a solution to make sure he can keep is personal data and information protected in the likely case it will happen again. Kim give Barry some good tips on how he can secure his network and personal data.

 

01:25

Don’t get ripped off, check your internet speed

Don’t get ripped off, check your internet sp

Many internet service providers make claims about how fast their internet speed is, and that can be really important when it comes to how we use it. Many times you will be streaming or trying to connect a new device and it will get extremely slow or sometimes not work at all. But that's why I have a solution for you. There are free online programs you can use to check your internet speed and make sure your ISP is being truthful about their speed claims.

 

01:58

Trace a server’s IP to find out who sent you an email

Trace a server’s IP to find out who sent you

We all know phishing scams have become a large part of today's internet culture. You receive an email and you are not sure whether or not you should open it. Well, what you might now know is there is a way to see where that email was sent from and even what server it came from. This can help you establish if the email is dangerous or not. Now, it might take a little leg work, but that's why I am here to walk you through the steps.

 

01:35

Great Amazon Prime perks you didn’t know about until now

Great Amazon Prime perks you didn’t know about u

You may have heard of Amazon Prime, the service that allows you to get 2-day shipping with any order you place. What you might not have heard of is the entire suite of benefits you receive when you sign up for Amazon Prime. There are so many I decided to compile a list of the 10 best. While they are all amazing, #6 might just take the cake.

 

01:31

Kim’s picks of gadgets that are worth your money

Kim’s picks of gadgets that are worth your m

When it comes to gadgets, there are so many out there that could really help make our lives better or easier. That sounds great, except for one problem. There are so many. But that should not stop you from upgrading your tech. With that in mind, here are some gadgets I not only think you'll want to have, but are also worth the money.

 

04:35

Finding unclaimed money and upgrade your smartphone

Finding unclaimed money and upgrade your smartphon

Flo from Charlottesville, VA called in to The Kim Komando Show to thank Kim for helping her find some unclaimed money. Flo is a subscriber to Kim's email newsletters and after reading an article about how to get unclaimed money, Flo found out she has some extra funds coming in. With her new windfall, Flo asks Kim for some tips about upgrading her smartphone.

 

02:18

Roku vs Amazon Fire TV vs Apple TV vs Chromecast vs the other TV streamer boxes

Roku vs Amazon Fire TV vs Apple TV vs Chromecast v

More people than ever are getting rid of overpriced plans and are turning to leaner and cheaper online streaming TV services. But, of course, if you want to stream online TV content on an actual TV, you will need a streaming device of some sort. Be it a Roku, an Apple TV, a Chromecast or an Amazon Fire, this will simplify your transition from a cable TV service to a streaming one.

 

01:55

10 free things every Amazon Prime member gets

10 free things every Amazon Prime member gets

One of the most well-liked things Amazon introduced to us was Prime. While it is free to use Amazon, people who subscribe to Prime receive many benefits, including access to different Amazon content as well as faster deliveries. That's not all you get, though. If you are not a Prime member, you'll be interested to know what you're missing out on. And if you are, there's a good chance you don't know about everything you get with the subscription.

 

03:55

How a smart speaker can improve your home

How a smart speaker can improve your home

Beth in Tallahassee,FL called in to the show to ask about smart speakers and how her family can use them. Smart speakers and virtual assistants are everywhere, helping people in a variety of ways. Amazon Echo, Google Home, Apple HomePod and others can connect to not just our smartphones but to many other smart devices around the house. Kim talks to Beth about how a smart speaker can help with daily tasks as well as how, with some minor upgrades, it can turn her home into smart home.

 

01:59

How to check your internet speed

How to check your internet speed

Internet speed can be very important to all of us. It can be quite frustrating when we try to load a web page and it seems like its 1999 and we are using a dial-up modem. What about when we try to watch a video and it just keeps buffering and buffering. Well, there are ways to test your internet speed so you can find out just how bad it really is. I've compiled a list of apps and other tools to help you do just that.

 

01:56

What I streamed and what I liked: “Cadillac Records”

What I streamed and what I liked: “Cadillac

This week's streaming movie pick from Kim Komando is the docu-drama "Cadillac Records", a film that explores the era of music from the early 1940s to the late 1960s. The movie focuses on record-company executive Leonard Chess and the musicians who recorded for Chess Records. The movie has strong performances and fantastic music. Watch it on your favorite streaming service.

 

00:56

Need extra money for Christmas? Here are some part-time gigs that bring in big bucks.

Need extra money for Christmas? Here are some part

We all know the holidays can be a truly stressful time. From family gatherings to shopping, there is quite a bit of it that we just can avoid. But one thing we can control is money. We know it can seem like there just isn't enough of it around the holidays so I compiled a list of different ways you can make an extra buck this year.