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Q&A With Kim: Detecting smartphone viruses, Unusual cooking utensils, Preventing Windows 10 harvesting and more

Q&A With Kim: Detecting smartphone viruses, Unusual cooking utensils, Preventing Windows 10 harvesting and more

Each week, I receive tons of questions from my listeners about tech concerns, new products and all things digital. Sometimes choosing the most interesting questions to highlight is the most difficult part of my job.

This week, I received questions about harvesting Windows 10 data, detecting viruses in iPhones, whether or not Kodi boxes are legitimate, and more. Do you have a question you'd like to ask me? Click here to email me directly.

Are Kodi boxes legit?

Q: What do you think of the Kodi boxes? I’m thinking about getting one to watch the latest movies at home.

A: The technology is pretty impressive, and the software and box itself are perfectly legal. But beware of anything added to it that claims to offer unlimited and free movies, music and games. Those are likely pirated streams and illegal. Remember, anything you do online leaves a trace. It doesn’t take much for authorities and ISPs to figure out who is watching illegal streams. Click here to learn more about how the Kodi boxes work and the problems with using one.

Detecting iPhone viruses

Q: My iPhone has started doing crazy weird things. Do you think it could be a virus?

A: Apple products used to feel pretty impregnable, but they’ve become more vulnerable to tampering in recent years. If you notice something amiss about your phone’s regular operations, you should definitely check for viruses. Your biggest concern will probably be spyware, which can turn your phone into a surveillance system on steroids. Click here to get the facts about how to tell if your iPhone or iPad has a virus.

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