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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.

 

03:37

Hacked! What to do with an extortion email

Hacked! What to do with an extortion email

Roger from Utah called in to The Kim Komando Show concerned after receiving an email from a hacker trying to extort money. The hacker threatened to share sensitive information about Roger to his friends unless he sends the hacker $7,000. With all the data breaches out there, it's easy for hackers to get passwords and other info on the Dark Web. Kim gives Roger valuable tips on how to combat this type of scam.

 

02:23

5 router security settings to turn on before it’s too late

5 router security settings to turn on before it

We do our best to protect our devices. We have malware- and virus-fighting software on our computer and make sure we don't download anything from anywhere we don't know and trust. But there is one device that you may not be protecting and it can be one of the most vulnerable: your router. Here are 5 ways you can secure your router that you should be doing today.

 

01:29

How to do a free credit freeze

How to do a free credit freeze

There are a good many reasons why your credit may go down the tubes, and in fact some might be your fault. There is also the possibility that someone will steal your identity or hack into your accounts. Whatever the reason, anything that can help us keep our credit on the right track is a good thing, and when the help comes for free it's even better.

 

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.