🙅♀️ DON’T Google these terms
April 30, 2023
In partnership with BetterHelp
A very happy Sunday to you. New here? Welcome! Each weekend, I share a few longer tips and tricks to keep your tech life safe — and maybe even put some money back in your pocket. Read what you need to know below, and you can always find more at my site.
As for today’s trivia, how much does the average YouTuber make every time someone watches a video on their channel? Is it $0.018, $0.10, $0.25 or $0.50? Answer at the end. Now, let’s dive in and pass along awesome tech smarts! — Kim
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IN THIS ISSUE
3 search terms to avoid at all costs
Every week, I write two special features for USA Today. They don’t publish on their site until next week, but because you get my free newsletters, you get exclusive access!
Ever Google search for coupons or promo codes? You’ll probably waste 15 minutes finding codes that don’t work. At worst, you’ll end up on a malware-infected site.
And it doesn’t end there — not even close. Scammers know how to game the search system. These three terms could do some real damage.
1. “Free credit report”
Think about all the details someone could get their hands on under the guise of a “trustworthy” site. The federal Fair Credit Reporting Act requires the three credit reporting agencies (Transunion, Experian and Equifax) to provide you with a free annual credit report.
If you request via phone or mail (steps here), your credit report will be mailed within 15 days once the paperwork is received.
2. “Tech support phone numbers”
If scammers can figure out how to get your bank’s name to appear when they call, you can bet they can get their numbers high in searches.
Here are a few of the most searched:
3. “Free people search”
Maybe you’re curious about a new love interest, business contact or old friend. There are (free) ways to dig up dirt, but scammy sites are simply trying to reel you into an expensive subscription.
Here’s how to snoop instead:
Check out publicly available info like government documents, arrest records and property information.
Do a thorough Google search. There’s an art to this. Try these steps.
Pro tip: Check out the how-to articles from my Opt-out Tuesday series to wipe your personal details from the web.
🎸 I got a text message scam the other day. It said I won $500 or tickets to an Elvis tribute concert. I needed to press 1 for the money or 2 for the show.
✅ I’ve got more smarts I couldn’t fit here: More terms never to Google.
DEAL OF THE DAY
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ON THE KIM KOMANDO SHOW
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Believe me, you want to hear these stories. Such good stuff!
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Best (and worst) jobs if you want to work from home
Working from home (WFH) is normal now, but new tech like AI is making some roles tougher to get — or disappear altogether.
FlexJobs analyzed over 58,000 companies across 50 categories and every job they posted in 2022. I’ve got the good news and the bad news.
Freelance industries are on the way up: Communications, bookkeeping, graphic design, accounting and finance, marketing.
These are on the way down: Education and training, customer service, medical and health, HR and recruiting, project management.
And the hottest roles? Executive assistant, recruiter, customer service representative, bookkeeper, graphic designer, copywriter, social media manager, project manager, payroll specialist and paralegal.
My housekeeper told me she’s working from home and sent me a to-do list. Nice.
✅ On Komando.com, we’ve got a list of the companies that hired the most remote positions in 2022.
Message to my younger self …
… You don’t have to take on the world alone. For almost five years, I cared for my Mom through her cancer journey. It was an honor, but it was hard. Looking back, I really should have made time to care for me.
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DIY SECURITY TIP
60-second privacy steps to take today
Do this, then pat yourself on the back for taking care of your digital self. You’ll be done before you know it, promise.
Hide your home on Google Maps and Apple Maps
Don’t want your house and address number visible to anyone online? You can request a privacy blur over pictures of your home and car. I did it!
On Google Maps:
Apple Maps makes it more of a pain. Get this, you actually have to email them. At least it’s not a fax? Email MapsImageCollection@apple.com, and include your full address and any property details so they know which house is yours.
🗺️ I met the man who invented the part of a map that explains what each symbol means. What a legend.
I’ve got more smart steps for you. (Wish I could include them all in this email!) Check your computer for snoops and make sure it locks when you step away.
WHAT THE TECH?
Want to hear a bad cat joke? Just kitten, I’ll stop now.
UNTIL NEXT TIME …
📺 The answer: On average, a YouTuber earns around $0.018 for each view, which amounts to $18 for every 1,000 views. What do you call a YouTube sensation with a computer virus? A social influenza.
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