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 best part of my job.
This week, I received questions about the best LED bulbs money can buy, a secret Microsoft browser, iPhone tips and tricks, and more.
Do you have a question you'd like to ask me?
Q: I have the new iOS 12. Is it true that Apple made it easier for the police or a family member to get into my phone when it is locked?
A: Apple always stresses that the company takes user privacy seriously. Still, there are ways for the determined to break into an iPhone.
One of the most interesting new iOS 12 features is the USB-only mode, which makes it more difficult (not easier) for people to access your phone by way of your computer or a specialty device.
That’s not the only change Apple has made. You really need to review all the defaults.
Protect your Edge
Q: I use Microsoft Edge. You said that there is a particular setting to prevent bad ads, malware, spyware, and drive-by downloads. I cannot find it. Help!
A: Microsoft Edge was a leap for Microsoft, and most users agree that Edge is superior to the now-defunct Explorer. Microsoft software is pretty susceptible to malware, and there’s no easier way to contract a virus (or get hacked) than through the internet.
One way to protect yourself is to make your browser invisible on the internet, and Microsoft had the foresight to make that possible.
The Windows Device Application Guard is a new feature that’s explicitly designed to keep you safe.
Q: I would love to hear your radio show. What station are you on in my hometown?
A: I’m happy to report that The Kim Komando Show has a 98% footprint across the United States and is broadcast on 400 radio stations.
There’s never been a TV Guide for radio programming, so even widely distributed shows can be hard to find, except by trial-and-error or a complete accident. That’s why I have a handy station finder on my website.
Q: I hate LED bulbs. Are there any bulbs that don’t blind you?
A: When LED bulbs first became popular, they seemed too good to be true. They burned brighter, lasted longer, and were smaller than any incandescent bulb on the market. They were more environmentally friendly, too.
So what’s not to love? Well, as you point out, not all LED bulbs are created equal, and some of them can be downright annoying.
Luckily, there’s a wide variety of bulbs out there; some stay bright, others can be dimmed, and still others are designed to retain a natural-looking color.
You may not love LEDs, but there’s probably a bulb out there that works for you.
Q: My iPhone contacts are all messed up. Is there an easy way to clean it up?
A: As years go by, iPhone contacts can get pretty messy. You forget that Uncle Joe is already listed in your phone, and you re-enter his information three different times.
You enter a first name and phone number, but you can’t remember which Erin you meant to save. Phone numbers have been disconnected, yet the listing lingers.
I have heard that some people whose contacts get even more muddled when they import data from one phone to another. So how do you sort out this mess? There are several different tactics you can use.
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