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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.  

 

01:36

Best online banks that give you more for your money

Best online banks that give you more for your mone

Have you noticed how fees are turning up on pretty much everything in life? Even banks are charging fees on things you wouldn't expect these days. That's why it's a good idea to check out some non-traditional banks if you're looking to save money. Did you know there are online banks that offer lower fees and higher interest rates? It's true.  

 

06:49

How to access a deceased loved one’s online accounts

How to access a deceased loved one’s online acco

Thomas from Indiana called into the show asking about different ways to obtain his son's online login information. Thomas' son passed away in March and had written a lot of poetry that they wanted to have made into a book for friends and family. The problem is, obtaining login information from companies like Google and Facebook are difficult. There are ways to contact them directly in this situation and each company's website has instructions on what you can do.

 

02:23

15 tech freebies you wish you knew about sooner

15 tech freebies you wish you knew about sooner

When was the last time you bought a computer program? If it's been a while, you won't believe how expensive they can be. Fortunately, there are free services out there that can fulfill a specific tech need. From online storage to office suites to free multimedia editing software, these are high-quality, well-developed and easy-to-use programs that you can use on a daily basis.  

 

01:39

What is Reddit? Introducing the self-described “front page of the internet.”

What is Reddit? Introducing the self-described 

Reddit is not just the place where viral content is born. It's also a venue where questions are answered, debates are waged, and community knowledge is shared. This website is where the internet hive mind is in full force and where unexpected and mind-blowing content constantly flows. Learn more about this huge internet community and answer the question... are you ready to Reddit?

 

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?