Tech You Should Know

Tech You Should Know

The tech world changes by the minute. Stay up to date with Kim Komando, award-winning radio show host, nationally syndicated columnist and digital lifestyle expert. Kim brings you insider secrets to protect yourself online, make money from home, secure your devices, avoid scams and more.... Show More

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August 7, 2020 30 min
We all know people who have fallen for a scam of one kind or another — and work from home scams are some of the most convincing, and dangerous, ones out there. In this episode, Kim brings you the shocking details of real online job scams, red flags you should look out for and success stories of people who found the real thing and made big money.
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What do you do when you get a physical check? Say goodbye to driving to the bank to deposit it. Now, you can just fire up your banking app, sign, snap a few pictures and that’s it. But do you know how to set yourself up to bank online the safe way? Kim's got all the steps you need to know.
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July 30, 2020 39 min
There are 15 billion stolen logins swirling around the Dark Web, and you can bet at least one of yours is included. Kim dives into this mysterious, insidious corner of the internet with security consultant and convicted hacker Kevin Mitnick. Hear five shocking, scary and totally true stories of dangers lurking on the Dark Web. From Navy sailors to 16-year-old students, anyone can be a target. Luckily, Kim is here to guide you with ...
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It doesn't matter if you bring in millions a year or put all your effort into just keeping your small business running — you need to market your business online. With so many digital channels, how do you get the most bang for your digital marketing buck? Kim talks to Jeremy Wood of Hootsuite about using social media to connect with your audience. Mike Huber of Vertical Measures tells us about using social media to build an "...
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Businesses have closed for good. Many people are struggling with the idea of months more of working from home. Others are still out of a job. The pandemic shows no signs of slowing down in some cities. Times are stressful, so Kim is taking a look at how technology can help you slow down, relax and release the stress.
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July 21, 2020 30 min
Have you ever had a dream of selling everything for the freedom of the open road? How would you get the internet or entertainment like TV? What about email and staying in touch with family? Regular vacations are off the table this summer, but RVs have never been hotter. This is the story of Jackie and Hal, a couple that sold everything to live in an RV that they fondly call the bus. Learn how they did it, from buying the right RV t...
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More than half of Americans are working from home, and cybersecurity is on our minds more than ever. Most remote workers are confident their systems are secure, but recent numbers show about half are using their personal computers — which aren't protected the way in-office systems are. Kim talks with Charles Henderson, Global Partner and Head of IBM's X-Force Red, about common security myths and the truth you need to know.
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This week's exclusive episode of Komando On Demand is a full hour of The Kim Komando national radio show. Listen on your schedule on the Komando Community. Try it free for 30 days at getkim.com. In this hour, governments around the world have been scrambling to get contact tracing apps on smartphones to track the spread of COVID-19. We’ll tell you why it’s not working. Plus, Amazon is close to a major milestone on the stock mar...
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In the never-ending noise that is social media, how do you stand out? That's the question business owners and entrepreneurs are asking. Kim talks to top technology influencer Evan Kirstel about ways to shine in a crowded social world. And learn the biggest mistakes to avoid if you're trying to build your brand.
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Ever wonder how people make money on YouTube? How about making money selling stuff on Amazon and taking a commission off those sales? Sean Cannell combined both and is making $40,000 a month reviewing cameras and accessories. His widely popular ThinkMedia YouTube channel has about 1.2 million subscribers. Learn how he grew his online business and what it takes to do the same yourself.
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Happy July 4th! In honor of Independence Day, hear from inspiring folks who have struck out on their own and achieved their own financial independence. Get some ideas and inspiration to be your own boss and make money on your terms.
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Do you enjoy rifling through the treasures at flea markets, garage sales, thrift shops and even online marketplaces? This one's for you. Rob and Melissa Stephenson turned what started as a side hustle to earn some "fun money" into a full-fledged career, and a mighty successful one at that. You'll never believe the items they bought for a few bucks that turned into hundreds or even thousands. We talk all things flipp...
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In the '90s, Wylie Gustafson recorded a yodel heard 'round the world: The famous "Ya-hoo-ooo" no doubt stuck in your head every time you read the company's name. He was paid just a few hundred dollars to record that famous clip ... until he sued Yahoo. Kim and Wylie talk about his iconic voice and the Super Bowl ad that kicked off his battle to get what he was owed.
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You've probably heard of the hacktivist group Anonymous, but what do you know aside from some famous cyberattacks and those signature masks? Kim dives into everything Anonymous with Dr. Gabriella Coleman, an anthropologist and professor at McGill University. She studies hacktivist groups and tells us what Anonymous is up to these days and how you can help stop the spread of their sensational messages.
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The unemployment numbers so far in 2020 are astounding, with 44 million people filing for unemployment since mid-March. That number is even higher if you factor in self-employed and gig economy workers. So what can you do if you've lost your job or fear you might? Kim talks to a man who makes $10,000 a year in the free time he could be wasting on Netflix. Plus, a teacher making extra cash at home and a caller who wants to take ...
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In the age of social media, news spreads fast. Not just real, trustworthy news either. Kim talks with Darren Linvill, Associate Professor of Communication at Clemson University, who studies social media misinformation. Learn about the unbelievable level of sophistication that goes into fake tweets to make them go viral, plus important advice on how you can spot and avoid spreading misinformation.
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Carolyn Wilman, the "Contest Queen," has raked in $250K in online contests, sweepstakes and giveaways. She can enter more than 200 sweepstakes in an hour-long sitting, and she joins Kim to tell you how to find the best online contests and how to maximize your chances of winning. Plus, they talk about how contests — and prizes — have changed during the pandemic.
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By now, you’ve heard of ransomware attacks that take over computers of people like you but also businesses, hospitals and government agencies. These attacks are up 41% over the last year and it begs the question, why is this tactic so popular? Simply put, it nets hackers big money. In this Komando On Demand, Kim talks to a knight in shining software armor who has made it his mission to thwart ransomware attacks. Plus, cybersecurity...
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In this episode of Komando On Demand, Kim answers listener questions and talks to a few special guests. She gives advice on the best smart plugs, voice recognition software for writing a book, recording webinars automatically and more. Plus, Kim chats with a reporter who took the COVID-19 contact tracer training to see exactly how it works and a staff writer for Wired magazine who gets calls and emails meant for MacKenzie Bezos, Je...
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In March, T-Mobile closed 80% of its stores due to the coronavirus pandemic. How did they manage a huge workforce of more than 110,000 employees? Kim chats with Jon Freier, T-Mobile's Executive Vice President of Consumer Markets, about the company's pivot during the pandemic, how to lead during a crisis and T-Mobile's on-going commitment to the military. Plus, can you guess what kind of calls and texts Elon Musk gets? K...
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