Tech Reports

 

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.

 

01:25

This year’s most hackable holiday gifts

This year’s most hackable holiday gifts

If you are fancying a techie internet-connected electronic gift under the Christmas tree, you are not alone. "Smart" gadgets have been steadily taking over everyone's holiday wish lists over the last few years. But you better watch out! That connected gadget you covet may not be as secure as you think. Watch this video for the most hackable holiday gifts of 2017.

 

03:39

10 practical (and boring) tech gifts people will use time and time again

10 practical (and boring) tech gifts people will u

I've come up with a list of items that would make a great gift for anybody. Many of these products are extremely helpful and things that people will use every single day. Watch this video for gifts that might be kind of boring, but are so practical they'll get used time and time again.

 

02:39

Watch out for these holiday scams

Watch out for these holiday scams

Every year scammers kick it in to high gear for the holidays. They know we send more packages, buy items online, and want the best deals, and they use that to their advantage. Here are holiday scams to look out for.

 

02:12

How to secretly shop on Amazon and not ruin any surprises

How to secretly shop on Amazon and not ruin any su

You may not know this yet, but your Amazon account's entire purchase history is recorded and all activity is likewise tracked. This might pose a problem for homes where all family members share a single Amazon account for browsing and purchasing. Watch this video for a few tips that should help you hide your holiday shopping activity on Amazon and even have your items delivered to an address other than your home.

 

02:49

How to spot hidden cameras planted by creepy relatives

How to spot hidden cameras planted by creepy relat

I read every question you send to me. Here's one that I received that's very disturbing. (By the way, if you have a question you'd like me to answer on the show or in a tip, click here to send me your note now.) Q. Kim, this Christmas, I have to stay with a creepy relative. How can I check to see if he has spy gadgets in the room or the bathroom? A: You should not stay with a "creepy relative." Watch this video to find out the ways to spot and detect hidden cameras without the need for any fancy equipment.

 

02:18

Kim’s free security pick that needs to be on all your devices

Kim’s free security pick that needs to be on

Cybercrime, data breaches and internet attacks are on the rise. In fact, it is estimated that the global economy will lose around $2 trillion by 2019 due to cybercrime. They often build real-looking websites that copy a legitimate brand or service's official site to fool you into giving out your personal data. Watch this to learn a new way to protect yourself!

 

01:57

What’s the most secure way to lock your smartphone?

What’s the most secure way to lock your smar

There are a number of ways to lock and unlock our phones - face scans, thumbprints, irises, passcodes, patterns and more. Which ones are more secure than the others? And which one should you use? Watch this video from my show and find out which one is best for you.

 

06:25

Are Facebook and Google spying on you?

Are Facebook and Google spying on you?

So many people say they've had a conversation and then noticed that very same topic popping up in their news feeds. It isn't a coincidence. I spoke to a caller who said it happened to her and her son and they weren't even using their phones or computers. I'll talk about how they're "listening in" on your conversations without you realizing it and what you can do about it. Don't miss out on our great callers and helpful tips. To watch my full show anytime, join Kim's Club.

 

02:34

7 risky places to swipe your debit card

7 risky places to swipe your debit card

With the recent outbreak of data breaches at retail locations and restaurants, it doesn't feel safe to swipe your credit/debit card anywhere. It seems like we are risking our banking information to hackers and identity thieves each time we use them. This raises the question, is it time to stop using cards altogether and go back to cash? While we don't think you should abandon plastic entirely, there are some places where using cash is better for security.

 

02:05

3 Amazon Echo privacy settings you should turn on now

3 Amazon Echo privacy settings you should turn on

The Amazon Echo and Alexa pioneered the whole smart speaker category of gadgets and they opened our eyes (and ears) to what an always-on, always-listening appliance can do - it answers your questions, controls your smart home, plays music, helps you organize your day, reads you the news and controls your TV. But before you welcome Alexa into your life, there are privacy and security risks inherent to these appliances. Check out the 3 privacy settings you should definitely have turned on.

 

06:27

Easy ways to organize your photo library

Easy ways to organize your photo library

Are you a photography fanatic? If you're like the majority of people, your photos are unorganized or just living on your SD card. I spoke to a caller on my show who takes almost 7,000 pictures a year! Listen as I give her advice on the best way to organize the more than 20,000 photos she has taken over the past few years. I also go over color trends and answer the often asked question of why my studio is blue. Don't miss out on our great callers and helpful tips. To watch Kim's full show anytime you want, join Kim's Club.

 

02:00

How to safely delete data forever on your PC or Mac

How to safely delete data forever on your PC or Ma

When you delete a file on your PC, or on a Mac, by sending it to the "Trash," it's easy to assume that the file is gone forever. But really, it's just been sent to another place. All those deleted letters, financial documents and compromising photos are still lurking on the computer. All it takes is a little know-how to recover them. Here's how to safely delete data forever.

 

06:20

Is your smart TV spying on you?

Is your smart TV spying on you?

Tina from Bangor, Maine recently bought a new internet-connected TV and wants to know how she can keep it from listening in on her, so she called my show for some answers. Click here to listen to my response on how Tina should proceed.

 

02:27

Beware! New sneaky phishing scam is making the rounds

Beware! New sneaky phishing scam is making the rou

Shopping season is upon us once again! In fact, email phishing scams remain the most widespread method for stealing customer information. There's one particular phishing scam that's making the rounds again and watch out! It can easily fool you if you're not paying attention.

 

01:47

What to buy and not to buy in November

What to buy and not to buy in November

You probably already know that Black Friday and Cyber Monday are two of the biggest shopping days of the year. But is November the best time of year to buy all of the items that you're looking for? This guide will help you figure out what to buy and what not to buy in November.

 

10:55

Kim talks to KSRO’s Michael O’Shea about the Fires in California and the Power of Radio

Kim talks to KSRO’s Michael O’Shea abo

As the massive Sonoma County fire carved a path of destruction that took 3,000 homes, KSRO stayed on air 24/7 and was the source of news and emergency alerts keeping the community informed and safe. Watch this compelling interview between Kim and President and Manager of KSRO Michael O'Shea talking about how a community came together and the power of radio.

 

02:19

Get this free tool to stop creepy online tracking

Get this free tool to stop creepy online tracking

Most browsers have a "Do Not Track" privacy setting, but this doesn't guarantee that all advertisers, trackers and web servers will respect this request. Plus, sneaky "malvertising" outfits will follow you around with malicious cookies as well. Thankfully, you have options and you're not completely defenseless. Watch this video and learn about a free tool from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) that will help you along the way.