🔇 Your tech is listening – You can stop it
April 2, 2023
In partnership with IDrive
Hello there! I saw a stat that every minute of every day, over 500 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube. Incredible. To whoever made the “How to install a dimmer switch” video I watched the other day, thank you.
Welcome to your weekend edition of The Current Tech News. If you’re a new reader, welcome. And if you’re a regular, glad to see you again. — Kim
IN THIS ISSUE
TODAY’S TOP STORY
Remember when you just had to lock it?
I’ve been writing for USA Today for 19 years. Here’s a sneak peek of what I wrote yesterday that won’t appear on their site for another week. This is important info. Most people have no idea their cars are at risk for hackers.
With the proper electronics and software techniques, a determined hacker can intercept or block your key fob signal, infiltrate your car’s software, and even remotely control your vehicle. Here’s how.
Compromised car apps: Does your car have a smartphone app that allows you to unlock and start it remotely? If hackers can break in or exploit a bug in the software, they can take over your entire vehicle.
My advice: Change the default password, and keep the app updated.
Onboard diagnostics (OBD) hacks: Every newer car has an onboard diagnostics port. Anyone can buy exploit kits that can utilize this port to replicate keys and program new ones to use them for stealing vehicles.
My advice: Always go to a reputable mechanic. A physical steering wheel lock can give you extra peace of mind.
For more auto hacker threats, know the real deal on key fob signal interception and practical, easy ways to protect yourself, read the rest of my USA Today column at my site.
P.S. The only reason I’m not including it all here: My column is packed with info and I can only fit so much in an email.
DEAL OF THE DAY
MY TRUSTED ADVICE
For 25+ years, I’ve been helping people just like you on my national radio show. It’s the reason why I was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame. (Never saw that coming!) Here are a few guys and gals who called me this week for a hand.
It’s easy to get my answers to these folks along with the other callers.
Find me on your local radio station or listen now in the Komando Community. If you don’t mind waiting for shows to appear, get the podcast, Kim Komando Today.
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I’m addicted to Amazon
No joke, once my sweet delivery guy asked if I was OK since he didn’t have an Amazon package for me two days in a row.
This week in my Money Tip, some smart ways to save cash on Amazon.
What would you do if you lost all your photos?
I’ve heard from callers over the years who lost their precious memories — photos, videos and other files — when a phone or computer bit the dust. They were heartbroken, and I would be too.
I can’t tell you how important it is to back up your data. My pick is IDrive. It’s encrypted, private and works with PCs, Macs, servers, iPhones, Androids and more. To make things easy, everything syncs to one account.
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DIY SECURITY TIP
Butt out, Big Tech
For the convenience tech brings, we do give up a lot of privacy. If you’re sick of cyber snooping, you’ll love this week’s DIY Security tip.
Start with stalkerware
These intrusive apps collect your web browsing history, text messages and phone calls. Some can even capture what you’re doing on-screen.
Red flags: A surge in data usage, odd charges on your bill and other red flags are clues that something is wrong.
Still use Facebook? Switch off the mic
Have an Amazon Echo?
Look for a button that looks like a microphone or a circle with a line through it. Push it! This stops the device from passing a voltage through the mic’s internal components.
🔒 Keep going! Stop Siri, Google Assistant, Cortana, Google Nest, Amazon Ring and even your TV from listening. Enjoy your newfound peace of mind.
WHAT THE TECH?
I bet Jeff Bezos is breathing easy these days.
THAT’S ALL, FOLKS
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