Technology evolves so fast these days it’s difficult to keep up. How do you stay on top of it all? One way is to take advantage of the years of experience and knowledge from America’s digital goddess.
Kim receives tons of questions through her nationally syndicated radio show, the all-new ad-free Komando Community, emails and even when she runs into fans in public. Haven’t signed up for the Komando Community yet? Tap or click here to check it out.
That’s why we created this list of the 10 things people ask Kim. You’ll learn about blocking robocalls, making money online, how to search without being tracked and much more.
1. I’m so confused. What’s the best streaming media option if I want to cut the cord?
To know which streaming service is best for you, ask yourself what type of viewer you are. Are you more of an on-demand movie fan, or do you prefer to watch live TV?
If on-demand is more your style, you’ll want to go with Netflix, Amazon Prime Video or soon-to-be-released Disney+. For live TV fans, you’ll want to look into Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV or Sling TV.
To make the decision easier, we’ve put together a couple of helpful comparison charts. Both list important features offered by each of the top streaming services.
Our on-demand chart compares things like price, exclusive content, which services offer offline viewing and more. The live TV chart compares available channels for each service.
2. I want to see what my kids are doing on their phones when texting, using Instagram, SnapChat, etc. How can I watch over what they’re doing?
Keeping kids safe is priority number one. Thanks to smartphones, tablets and the internet, there are many potential threats you might not see coming. That’s why I encourage parents to talk to kids before they use technology and to set clear rules. Not sure where to start? Check out my free tech safety contract.
Establish rules on screen time, sharing photos, meeting people online and parental access to phones, tablets and computers. Click or tap here to download the technology contract for parents and children.
Beyond that, you’ll also want to incorporate a way to see what they are up to while online. I’ve found a spying app that’s free and works on up to five phones, so you can keep tabs on all your kids or grandkids’ activities.
The free app is called Phone Tracker from Spy Phone Labs, and it gives you detailed information about any phone or tablet you put it on. For more details on the app and how to download it, tap or click here.
3. I heard cell phone carriers will block robocalls for free. How do I sign up for that?
In the ongoing battle against robocalls, mobile phone carriers are trying to strengthen security features on their devices. Usually to no avail. Tap or click here to find out what tools the major wireless carriers are using to fight robocalls.
Even with all of these attempts to stop robocallers and scams, it can feel like a losing battle. Criminals are clever and tech-savvy, so they’re always hard at work to find new ways to outsmart the system.
If we want to protect ourselves, it’s up to us to stay vigilant. The best thing anyone can do is not answer phone calls from unrecognized numbers. If the call is important, they’ll leave a message. This tactic isn’t 100% guaranteed since crooks can spoof numbers, but it’s still worth doing.
4. I want to make money online. What are some legitimate ways? I’m afraid of getting scammed.
If you want to get scammed, Google “make big money from home” and start clicking links. It’s no secret the internet can be a cesspool of viruses and malware.
Consider the links before you click them! There are plenty of ways to make money by working from home on your own schedule. Luckily, I’ve done the heavy lifting for you and put together a list of legitimate ways you can make money online. Click or tap here to learn how.
5. I bought a few very personal things on Amazon that I don’t want my partner or kids to see. How can I hide those orders?
Keeping your gifts a secret is harder than ever due to extensive digital paper-trails. Household computers are filled with receipts and notifications, and it’s easy to forget how many ways a shared account can blow your cover. Worse, you may not even realize how many clues you leave behind.
Since Amazon has become the global nucleus of online shopping, you’ll be relieved to know the company provides several settings and safeguards to help keep your order history private. Tap or click here to learn 3 ways to keep your Amazon purchases under wraps.
6. I am tired of Google tracking me. Are there other search sites that don’t track you?
“Google” has become synonymous with “finding information,” but even the mighty Google has its drawbacks — especially if you value your privacy.
The world’s most famous search site is also known for saving your search history, reading your Gmail and tracking what you click online. But what are your alternatives? Which search engines don’t step on your virtual heels? I have a few options for you. Click or tap here for three ways to search the internet more privately.
There’s only one surefire way to stop sites from tracking your activity. You need to browse with a VPN. I get both speed and security with my sponsor, ExpressVPN. Get three months free when you sign up for one year at ExpressVPN.com/Kim.
7. With all the data breaches, is there a way to know if my personal data is for sale on the dark web?
This is terrifying. Cybercriminals are selling entire packages (known on the Dark Web as “fullz”) filled with vital and sensitive information like your name, billing address, mother’s maiden name, Social Security number, date of birth and more.
That’s more than enough to do irreparable damage to anyone’s life.
Sadly, your data may already be floating on the Dark Web. Run your email through HaveIBeenPwned, a site that tracks emails and usernames that have been stolen in data breaches. It will alert you if your email and associated accounts are already on the Dark Web. To learn more about the Dark Web, and how to prevent your data from being stolen, tap or click here.
8. You mentioned a way to bypass the security lines at the airport. How does the app work? Is this different than TSA PreCheck?
If you travel often, you know how frustrating it can be to wait in those massive security lines. Don’t get me wrong, security is important and shouldn’t be taken lightly, but it would be nice if there was a way to make the process quicker. Now there is.
The Mobile Passport app enables U.S. passport holders and Canadian visitors to save time during the entry process at over 30 major U.S. airports and cruise ports. Securely submit your passport and customs declaration form and access designated lanes in the inspection area.
This app is not the same as TSA PreCheck, which allows low-risk travelers to pass an expedited security screening at some U.S. airports. Mobile Passport, and its premium version Mobile Passport plus, helps your re-entry into the United States.
Mobile Passport plus provides even greater convenience with features to digitally scan and store passports, and bypass the regular lines. It’s a huge time saver. I never leave home without it. To learn more about the app and how to download it, tap or click here.
9. What’s the best smartphone for my money? I don’t have a lot of money to waste on the new iPhone or Samsung.
This is a huge deal in the world of tech right now. Smartphone prices have been out of control for a few years, and the timing couldn’t be worse. As you know, mobile carriers are no longer offering huge discounts on phones when you sign a new contract. This makes shelling out $1,500 for the new iPhone 11 Pro Max an even more difficult prospect.
But you don’t need the most expensive phone on the market to get a quality device. You can fall in love with a smartphone that costs a whole lot less. We’ve got our eye on budget beauties that come in under $400. These hard-working gadgets still deliver pleasing photos, eye-catching displays and good performance — without stressing your wallet.
10. How can I make sure a weirdo isn’t spying on the cameras in my house? I heard that happened to a couple on your show.
Security cameras are a great way to protect your property, but they can also violate your privacy if someone uses them without your permission. Disguised cameras are now particularly a big part of the problem because they’re cheap and anyone can buy them online.
As one unfortunate couple found out, hidden cameras are being planted in hotel rooms and vacation rentals without the renter’s knowledge. The couple received the shock of their lives when they discovered a hidden spy camera in an Airbnb they rented while on vacation in Toronto.
They found the camera concealed in a digital alarm clock that suspiciously faced the apartment’s living room and open bedroom areas that “can see everything.” To find out how the couple handled this frightening situation, and what to do if you’re ever in their position, tap or click here.
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Bonus: Is Komando your real last name or did you make that up to be on the air?
I get this one all the time. Yes, my name really is Komando. It’s Russian-Ukrainian in heritage.