Tech Reports

 

02:04

Tech-savvy ways to save on your household budget

Tech-savvy ways to save on your household budget

Have you noticed how much everyday expenses have risen over the past few years? The housing market has been soaring in most areas of the U.S., so rent and mortgage payments are climbing. Since the cost of living is constantly on the rise, it would be nice to find ways to save a few bucks here and there.  That's why you need to know these tech-savvy ways to save on your household budget.  

 

00:00

Protect your home router against hackers and DNS poisoning

Protect your home router against hackers and DNS p

Cal from Overton, NV had some questions in regards to preventing hackers from gaining access to his router. When a router is compromised, a hacker can inflict damage, not just on the router itself, but on every connected device running on your network. A few weeks ago, the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) issued an alert about state-supported Russian hackers carrying out attacks against a large number of home routers in the U.S. Here are some ways to keep them at bay and protect your home network.

 

02:15

6 tricks to keep your packages from being stolen by porch thieves!

6 tricks to keep your packages from being stolen b

Have you ever been victimized by "porch thieves" AKA "porch pirates" AKA "porch robbers"? They roam neighborhood streets and steal delivered packages off a home's front door or porch. It's a growing epidemic and a real concern for online shoppers. To help combat such dastardly deeds, here are six options you can try to stop getting victimized and have that extra peace of mind when you shop online.

 

02:21

10 ways to get Amazon Prime for less

10 ways to get Amazon Prime for less

Amazon Prime's original annual price of $79 wasn't raised until 2014, when the company bumped up the cost to $99 each year. That price hike didn't seem to hurt them. With more than 100 million subscribers, Prime is a full-fledged powerhouse. Now, 4 years later, Amazon is again adding $20 onto the price of Prime membership. And it's piling on the perks in hopes you won't mind the new $119 annual price.  

 

04:47

Some tips on controlling content your child sees from the internet

Some tips on controlling content your child sees f

Pat from Florida called in to my show wanting some tips on how to control what content her grandchild sees on the internet. There are so many ways that parents can block access to certain areas of the internet such as parental controls, filtering software and hardware, and others.. Here are a few tips on how to set up some controls on what your children have access to on their gadgets using a couple of different cool tools.

 

02:01

Brilliant things to do with that old cellphone you have lying around

Brilliant things to do with that old cellphone you

Do you have a drawer full of old cellphones just lying around? Letting them simply pile up and collect dust isn't just a waste of money but also a missed opportunity. You'd be surprised by how many useful functions your old devices are capable of. That's why you need to know these clever ideas on how you can repurpose your old gadget.

 

04:01

Hunt down your lost pet with a GPS pet tracker

Hunt down your lost pet with a GPS pet tracker

Losing your pet is a heart-wrenching experience. Ron from Florence, AZ lost his cat a while back (luckily, it was found!) and called in asking how he could keep track of his wayward cat to prevent this from happening again. Many people chip their animals but that only works if they are scanned by someone with the proper technology. That's why pet trackers are such a wise investment.  

 

02:12

Ways to stop annoying robocalls and spam calls

Ways to stop annoying robocalls and spam calls

Telemarketing calls are certainly nothing new, annoying us for decades now. Aside from trying to sell you stuff, robocalls can be downright deceptive and malicious. Robocall scams are actually trying to rip you off or steal your identity. So how do you protect yourself from these robocall and telemarketing scams?

 

02:16

Make money publishing your own eBooks!

Make money publishing your own eBooks!

People ask me all the time how they can make extra money, and there are plenty of ways to do it. However, writing a book is one that many overlook. I believe everyone has a book in them. Fortunately, no one said it had to be a novel. Whatever your subject, no matter how big or small, there's most likely an audience somewhere. The trick is getting your work in front of them.

 

02:30

How do I know that my devices are secure?

How do I know that my devices are secure?

Hackers are relentless! They are lurking in every corner of the web, waiting for that inadvertent click, that hasty install, or that vulnerable gadget that can be exploited. Don't be shocked, but an unpatched and unprotected PC can get hacked in less than five minutes when connected to the internet! Knowing the signs that your gadget is hacked or compromised is critical.

 

02:21

20 best perks you get with an Amazon Prime membership

20 best perks you get with an Amazon Prime members

Think about it, how many times a year do you order products from Amazon? Now add up the amount you would pay to ship each of those items. Most likely, what you would pay for two-day shipping on every order dwarfs the $99 annual fee to be a Prime member. Saving money on shipping may be the perk that draws you in, but it's certainly not the only one that should catch your attention. There are so many perks that come with Prime, you probably don't even know them all.    

 

05:21

Was my Facebook profile part of the Cambridge Analytica breach?

Was my Facebook profile part of the Cambridge Anal

Lee from Colorado Springs, CO called in to my show and asked about whether her recently deactivated Facebook account had to be re-activated in order to see if her information was part of the Cambridge Analytica breach. Facebook launched a tool to check and see if your private data has been compromised in the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Watch my call with Lee to learn more about how you can protect your personal information on Facebook.

 

01:37

My list of 20 incredibly useful websites you wish you knew earlier

My list of 20 incredibly useful websites you wish

With more than a million websites you can visit now with a click of a button, there's bound to be something that you can use to solve your tech issue. Most of the time, smaller websites are like hidden gems just waiting to be discovered, you just have to know where to look. Some of these sites are so useful, you can't believe you haven't heard of them before!

 

03:55

Money Tip: Best streaming apps to cut the cord

Money Tip: Best streaming apps to cut the cord

Cable bills have been getting out of control for quite some time now. But, millions of Americans have already taken the leap and gotten rid of their cable or satellite service. This is a great way to save up to hundreds of dollars per year. If you decide that you want to cut the cord, you'll probably want to download a streaming app or two and there are plenty to choose from.

 

00:00

Essential privacy settings for your Amazon Echo

Essential privacy settings for your Amazon Echo

Bob called into my show with some concerns about his new Amazon Echo, namely in regards to privacy and security. Smart assistant enabled speakers like Amazon's Echo, and Echo Dot can be extremely helpful in our everyday lives. However, there are some privacy concerns that you need to be aware of before bringing them into your home. The good news for Bob, and everyone else who owns a smart assistant device, is there are several ways to make things more secure.

 

01:52

5 must-do spy hacks you didn’t know until now

5 must-do spy hacks you didn’t know until now

Privacy and security seem to be on everyone's mind today. Which makes sense, because cybercriminals are constantly on the attack. No matter what the situation, you don't want critical data falling into the wrong hands. Fending off these attacks is something everyone should know how to do. That's why I'm going to tell you about five must-do spy hacks you didn't know until now.

 

02:03

5 reasons a Chromebook should be in our arsenal of gadgets

5 reasons a Chromebook should be in our arsenal of

Do you have a Chromebook? If you don't know, they are similar to a laptop but just a little bit different. Chromebooks run on a web-based operating system by Google known as Chrome OS. It's specifically built to be used with an internet connection and they are fairly inexpensive.

 

00:00

How do I delete my Facebook account?

How do I delete my Facebook account?

Josh from Phoenix, AZ called in to my show and asked about how to completely delete his Facebook account. The first thing to know is the difference between deactivating your account and deleting your account. There is a difference between the two.

 

02:26

5 reasons your next light bulbs should really be smart bulbs

5 reasons your next light bulbs should really be s

Smart home devices are fundamentally changing the way we live. With connected appliances, the dream of controlling every single aspect of our homes with a virtual butler is fast becoming reality. At the center of the smart home revolution is the smart bulb. With prices finally coming down to affordable levels, connected bulbs are poised to become common fixtures in homes everywhere.  

 

01:29

Russian hackers are after your tax return, how not to get hacked

Russian hackers are after your tax return, how not

Ugh! It's that time of year again. Yep, you guessed it....tax season. Due to the massive Equifax data breach that was revealed last year, you probably shouldn't wait until the last minute to file. Hackers are ruthless and have no problem targeting your taxes. That's why you need to know the safest way to file your taxes so you won't be hacked.

 

02:03

Digital Life Hack: Stop robocalls and telemarketers for good!

Digital Life Hack: Stop robocalls and telemarketer

Unsolicited robocalls have become a serious epidemic lately. A recent study shows that the number of spam calls has been rising across the country at an alarmingly rapid pace. People in the U.S. receive an average of just under 19 spam calls every month. That's why you need to know how to stop annoying robocalls on your smartphone. One way to try and stop these intrusive calls is with robocall blocking apps. Kim shows us some of the best options available.

 

00:58

Kim’s Top 5 databases to opt-out of now

Kim’s Top 5 databases to opt-out of now

Robocalls and direct mail marketing can get annoying. I want to give you five ways to stop marketing phone calls and direct marketing ads from taking over your life. Be prepared, though, because you'll need to set aside several minutes or even an hour or more to opt out of some of these, but it will be worth it.

 

04:40

How to “hide” your cellphone number

How to “hide” your cellphone number

I got a call during my show from Rick about how to hide his personal cellphone number when making work related calls. I gave him a few options on how to make it happen that anyone can use. Check out this great call from The Kim Komando Show to learn how to do it.

 

01:58

Digital Life Hack: Amazon Alexa Skills

Digital Life Hack: Amazon Alexa Skills

Alexa can be found on several devices, including the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Show and more. The device is programmed to respond to almost unlimited commands and variations, and there are tens of thousands of individual “skills” you can add to her repertoire. Even though there are already tons of Alexa skills to choose from, wouldn't it be nice to make some custom skills of your own?

 

03:54

5 smartphone accessories you didn’t know you needed

5 smartphone accessories you didn’t know you

There's nothing quite as much fun as "window shopping" for your smartphone. Whether you scroll through sites like Amazon or head to the mall to your provider's store, it's easy to get lost in the fantasy of buying everything!

 

01:34

Best sites to find deals on foreclosed homes

Best sites to find deals on foreclosed homes

Here's a tip for that might help you see an almost-immediate bump in your home's equity. Of course, we cannot promise a big financial return - there are too many factors in play.  But we can point you to an investment opportunity that has proven to be a massive windfall for many wealthy people. I'm talking about foreclosures and in this video I am giving you some of the best websites to find awesome deals on foreclosed homes.

 

05:06

One of the Great Calls on The Kim Komando Show

One of the Great Calls on The Kim Komando Show

The ongoing battle between big tech companies and the government continues in the wake of the school shooting in Florida.  A caller to my show asked about how it was possible for a person to comment on YouTube, which requires an account, and law enforcement not be able to identify the person with that account info.  Check out this video as I discuss this disconnect between tech companies and the government with a caller from Denver, CO.

 

02:22

5 tricks to get the best possible reception with your indoor antenna

5 tricks to get the best possible reception with y

Cable TV prices have skyrocketed over the years with many people feeling forced to pay outrageous prices to get live programming and specialty channels. But times have changed dramatically and now many are asking, have you cut the cable TV cord yet and turned to streaming services instead?  Watch this clip from the Kim Komando Show as I share with you ways to cut cable and get your favorite shows for a fraction of the price.

 

02:23

How to get a ton of free samples on Amazon

How to get a ton of free samples on Amazon

Free samples are fun. You get to test out products you might not otherwise try. Maybe you find a new favorite shampoo. Amazon wants to hook you up in the comfort of your own home.

 

02:18

Now’s the perfect time to join Kim’s Club

Now’s the perfect time to join Kim’s C

Staying up to date with the latest tech news, the gadgets, the scams, the viruses and everything digital is tough. Kim Komando makes it easy for you to keep on top of everything going on around you. That's why you need to join Kim's Club. You get a real insider's view of The Kim Komando Show. When we're on commercial breaks on the radio, Kim's Club members go behind the scenes and are part of all the fun happening in the studio. You can stream the show live or download the show's podcast, listen whenever and wherever you want. And when you're in Phoenix, come see the show in person. Click here to join Kim's Club today and begin enjoying great benefits from your trusted source Kim Komando!

 

01:57

10 ways to be more secure online

10 ways to be more secure online

There are various ways to protect yourself. But where do you start? Don't worry, we're here to help. Watch this video for 10 things you can do now to be more secure online.

 

02:35

Questions you’re too embarrassed to ask about Bitcoin

Questions you’re too embarrassed to ask abou

It's all over the news because of its crazy trading price. But many people don't have a clue what a Bitcoin is. If you don't know much about them, don't be embarrassed, it's confusing and pretty new to the mainstream. Watch this video for better understanding of this popular cryptocurrency.

 

01:38

Do you really need to close your apps anymore?

Do you really need to close your apps anymore?

Whether you're using an Apple iPhone or Google's Android operating system, you probably spend time closing apps. You may think that you're improving the performance of your smartphone or tablet by doing that. You may think that you're improving its battery life. However, most of the time, you shouldn't close apps. Watch this video to find out why you should leave your apps alone.

 

05:09

What’s so great about my new Apple Watch?

What’s so great about my new Apple Watch?

Apple recently released its latest watch, the Apple Watch Series 3. I spoke to a caller who is having a little bit of buyer’s remorse. But there are some cool features she isn’t aware of. I’ve had my new watch for a few months and I am sharing the tips and tricks I’ve discovered.

 

02:23

Top 5 Money Tips of 2017

Top 5 Money Tips of 2017

One of our passions here at Komando.com is helping our readers reach their financial goals. That's why each week we bring you a tip on how to make and save money. We've given some pretty solid money saving ideas throughout this year. Let's look at the top 5 money tips of 2017.