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The tech world changes by the minute. Stay up to date with Kim Komando, award-winning radio show host, nationally syndicated columnist and digital lifestyle expert. Kim brings you insider secrets to protect yourself online, make money from home, secure your devices, avoid scams and more.

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Tech Refresh: Alexa privacy, Twitter's new strike system, mobile gaming

Yes, your smart speaker is always listening for the wake word, but there's another privacy concern you need to know about. Plus, Twitter has a new five-strike policy for people caught sharing misinformation, and you may qualify for $50 off your internet bill each month. Then, the team talks all things mobile gaming.
2021-03-05
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Taxes and the pandemic: New rules to watch out for

It?s tax time. Get ready for hair-pulling, nail-biting and double-checking numbers so you don?t upset the IRS. Luckily, I?m here with everything you need to know this tax season, from COVID?s impact to the different tax websites you can file through. We?re talking about loans, finding your tax rates, common pitfalls and more with Rachel Cheek, a certified public accountant.
2021-03-02
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Tech Refresh: Space internet, Mac malware, Windows 10 pro tip

SpaceX is poised to bring fast internet to the areas that need it most, and it just got faster. Malware is targeting new Macs, and Ben has a Windows 10 pro tip every PC user should know. Plus, the crew talks about the best ways to sell old tech ? or which cupboard to stash it in if you can't be bothered.
2021-02-26
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Digital privacy in 2021: Take a hard look at your apps

If you?ve ever used an app for messaging, dating or even praying, your secrets have gone to X-Mode, which sells location data to military contractors. Which apps are tracking you the most? Kim talks to Sean O'Brien, the principal researcher at ExpressVPN's Digital Security Lab, about all the creepy details. By the time you're done, you'll be looking at your phone in a whole new light.
2021-02-23
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Tech Refresh: Clubhouse, dangerous app, robocalls galore

This week, the team dives into the hot new app Clubhouse and the security gotchas you need to know. It's time to update, whether you have a Windows PC or Mac, and there's a file-sharing app you should seriously reconsider using if it's on your phone. Plus, 2020 was a wild year for robocalls. How will 2021 stack up?
2021-02-19
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All the secrets your car is collecting - Part 2

In part one, you learned about the many secrets your car collects. Law enforcement leaders are using car data to track down criminals. If you're ever accused of a crime, your car could be used against you. So, what exactly does your car know about you? Find out in today's episode, co-starring Chelsey Colbert. She works as Policy Counsel at the Future of Privacy Forum, where she leads the portfolio on mobility and location data. We're answering your biggest questions. How can a car be a weapon of abuse? And why is it legal to collect biometric secrets, like weight, through your car? Find out in today?s episode.
2021-02-16
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Tech Refresh: Delete this app, AirPods mishap, photo storage 101

The Google Play Store just pulled a dangerous app with 10 million downloads. Is it on your phone? Plus, the mother of all data leaks could put you at risk and a cautionary tale before you fall asleep with earbuds in. Then, the team dives into digital photo storage and a Valentine's Day gift no one wants.
2021-02-12
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All the secrets your car is collecting - Part 1

Your car is collecting your data. And if you?ve been driving unsafely, cops can steal that data away. Law enforcement leaders are already using your car?s secrets to track down criminals. If you?re ever accused of a crime, your car could be used against you. So, what exactly does your car know about you? And how is this legal? Find out in today?s episode. I'm sitting down with Chelsey Colbert. She works as Policy Counsel at the Future of Privacy Forum, where she leads the portfolio on mobility and location data. You'll learn all you need to know about the surprising twists and turns of car data.
2021-02-09
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Tech Refresh: Search scams, Apple's privacy dud, vaccine selfies

Apple's new app privacy labels are here. So far, they're not all they're cracked up to be. Plus, a reason to think twice before posting a certain photo if you got the vaccine. We've got details on a big upgrade to Google Maps for Android, and a deep dive into food delivery. And can Ben break his Brand New or Not True losing streak?
2021-02-05
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Inside Amazon: Data tracking, making money and how you can capitalize

Amazon just had its most profitable year yet. Want to get in on the action? Third-party sellers made up around half of those sales. Find out how you can make money on Amazon, too. Kim takes a look at how the e-commerce giant uses the troves of data on what sells to craft its own product line. All that and more with guest Jason Boyce, author of "The Amazon Jungle: The Truth About Amazon, The Seller's Survival Guide for Thriving on the World's Most Perilous E-Commerce Marketplace." Jason has nearly 20 years of experience as a seller on Amazon and is the founder of Avenue7Media.
2021-02-02
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Tech Refresh: Facebook hack, goodbye cookies, new Alexa uses

This week, a ruling on whether iPhone's MagSafe chargers and medical devices mix, Facebook in hot water yet again and Google's plan to replace internet cookies. In the tech tip, Ben has the answer on just how often you should restart your computer. And can Allie win again in Brand New or Not True?
2021-01-29
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Tech neck and broken brains: The physical toll tech takes on us

Take a look at your phone. You probably carry it with you everywhere you go. That takes an enormous toll over time. You can get premature neck wrinkles. You could even get a crippled attention span. Today we?re opening your eyes to the little-known impacts our tech takes on our bodies. You won?t believe some of this stuff!
2021-01-26
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Tech Refresh: Missing stimulus checks, delete these apps, bad tech habits

In this episode, the steps you can take if your stimulus money hasn't arrived, Android apps spamming phones with ads, and a dangerous charger recall. Then, see if Ben can defeat Mike and Allie in Brand New or Not True. And a deep dive into the bad tech habits the team is trying to break in 2021.
2021-01-22
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Photos clogging up your phone? How to organize your pictures in a snap

 In the age of smartphone cameras, it's easy to amass a mountain of pictures. But how much do you really need them? And how do you organize thousands of pictures? In this episode, Kim and Mike give you all the secrets to conquer your smartphone's photo albums. You'll also learn the surprising ways AI can sort your pictures for you!
2021-01-19
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Tech Refresh: Parler banned, CES favorites, browser bug

Allie, Ben and Mike dive into the tech news of the week, including the timeline behind the Parler ban, their favorite tech of CES 2021 and a major bug impacting Chrome, Edge and Firefox. Plus, Brand New or Not True, getting your photos off Facebook and the scam of the week.
2021-01-15
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SEO secrets: How to get more web traffic, more leads and more revenue

There are few words that strike fear into the hearts of digital professionals quite like the term SEO. It stands for ?search engine optimization,? and it?s the secret that stands between you and website traffic. In this episode, Kim sits down with SEO expert Steve Wiideman. He's worked with tons of brands ? think Applebee's, IHOP and Skechers. He knows how to launch a brand online, and he's got the insider secrets to help you transform your website into a traffic magnet.
2021-01-12
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Tech Refresh: PayPal scam, COVID conspiracy theory, Alexa tips

Ben, Allie and Mike dive into the new year in tech news, including a COVID conspiracy theory too ridiculous not to share, price hikes coming to cable and internet bills, and a highly-convincing PayPal scam. Plus, tips for your new Amazon Echo and the scam of the week courtesy of the FBI. Find out if Ben can fool Allie and Mike in Brand New or Not True.
2021-01-08
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Tracking down Dark Web criminals

Go past the websites you visit every day, into the depths of the Dark Web. You'll find marketplaces selling ransomware, kits to start your own phishing campaign and even hackers for hire. In this episode, Kim is joined by top cybersecurity pro John Hammond of Huntress. Find out how he tracks down Dark Web criminals and the real-life consequences.
2021-01-05
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Mostly Harmless: The internet mystery of a dead man, solved

Two years ago, hikers found a dead man in a tent. A year before that, he had left his tech job, with no phone or identification, to find peace on the Appalachian Trail. We told you the story late last year. In this Best Of episode, Kim dives into the mystery that captivated the internet, with a brand new update on what happened to the man who called himself ?Mostly Harmless.?
2021-01-01
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Hollywood magic meets AI: Robot stars, AI scripts and high-tech SFX

Can robots write movie scripts? Actually, they already are. But how widespread is the use of AI in movie-making? In this episode, Kim breaks open some Hollywood secrets. Sit down with two digital movie professionals who use artificial intelligence every day. In this episode, you?ll learn all about the starring role AI programs play in your favorite films. It goes a lot deeper than you realize.
2020-12-29
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Hacked accounts and stolen data: What to do when your info is leaked

Get an inside look into Have I Been Pwned? ? one of the best tools at your disposal when it comes to protecting yourself online. It?s the world?s largest database of stolen login information. In this Best Of episode, Kim talks to the man behind it, Troy Hunt, to give you a step-by-step guide on what you can do if your info has been compromised. Don?t miss this deep dive into online security, no IT degree required.
2020-12-25
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Where the jobs are and the skills you need to find one

This year marked a huge shift in the economy, the workforce and the ways we work. Whether you work for someone else or own your own company, you have to know where we?re headed and the skills that will pay the bills in 2021. In this Best Of episode, Kim talks with LinkedIn?s Principal Economist, Dr. Guy Berger. They dive into this changing world to tell you where the jobs are and what you need to know to get one.
2020-12-22
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Tech Refresh: FTC has questions for Big Tech, goodbye to Flash, top kitchen gadgets

This week, the team from Komando.com breaks down the FTC order to Big Tech companies and what it could reveal about how your data is used. Plus, it's time to say goodbye to internet icon Adobe Flash, and package and shipping delays are officially here. And Allie pulls out all the stops to fool Mike and Ben in Brand New or Not True.
2020-12-18
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Inside the Dark Web: Biggest scams to watch for in 2021

Beneath the internet where you spend time working, playing, streaming and browsing is the Dark Web ? where you can buy everything from malware to entire dossiers of personal information for much less than you might imagine. In this podcast, Kim explores the Dark Web, the biggest scams of 2020, and scams on the horizon for 2021 with Etay Maor, Chief Security Officer at IntSights. Find out what you must do to keep your system secure and red flags to watch for.
2020-12-15
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Tech Refresh: Crazy Facebook conspiracy theory, Apple's $550 headphones, vaccine scams

Allie, Ben and Mike dive into the week in tech news, including a crazy conspiracy theory making the rounds on social media, Apple's shockingly expensive new headphones and a game-changing app from Google. Can Ben fool Allie and Mike in Brand New or Not True? And the inspiring story of an Amazon driver who saved a man's life.
2020-12-11
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How music therapy changes lives to creating the perfect playlist

Think about just how powerful music is. The right song can make you laugh, dance, cry or sing. But did you know music can be deeply healing, too? Music therapy is being used to treat patients with cancer, Parkinson's, MS and Alzheimer's. In this podcast, Kim sits down with Joy Allen, chair of Berklee College of Music's Music Therapy Department. She shares more about the power of song, and you'll learn to come up with the best playlist for where you are in life.
2020-12-08
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Tech Refresh: Costco scam, Amazon Sidewalk and your privacy, cable prices going up

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are over, and the sales numbers are jaw-dropping. Find out just how much people spent ? and the scams shoppers are already seeing. Plus, what's up with Facebook's new $1 billion acquisition, and should you opt-out of Amazon Sidewalk? Short answer: Yes. The team plays Brand New or Not True. Can Allie stump Ben and Mike?
2020-12-04
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Bonus episode: An hour of The Kim Komando Show

Every so often, Kim likes to gift an hour of the national radio show ? commercial free and ready to listen to on your schedule. The show airs on more than 400 stations across the U.S. and on demand. Kim dives into all things shopping to help you find the best tech gifts for everyone on your list. From the tech obsessed to the tech-phobic, you'll find just the right present. This is just 1 hour of the 12 hours of quality programming available only to Komando Community members each month. Sign up so you never miss a thing! Right now, get 40% off when you sign up for one year at getkim.com. Use code CYBER40.
2020-12-01
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Best of: Coping with the pandemic blues

In this best of episode, Kim sits down with a good friend of the Komando Show, Howard Scott Warshaw. He's notorious for creating what's regarded as the worst video game in history. A little hard on the ego, huh? Well, he's definitely bounced back. Howard and Kim talk about his start at Atari, how he became the therapist for all of Silicon Valley?s movers and shakers, and how to cope with the pandemic blues. 
2020-11-27
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Best of: Get paid for YOUR data

In this best of episode, Kim chats with author and computer scientist Jaron Lanier ? one of the founding fathers of virtual reality ? about what it could look like if we truly had control over our info online. You may think advertising runs the internet, but the big data behind it is where the real profits come from. We're being followed all around the internet and tracked where we go through our phones, watches, tablets, cars, smart speakers and a multitude of other devices. If Big Tech can cash in on our data, why can?t we?
2020-11-26
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Best of: Are self-driving cars safe? It's complicated

In this best of episode, Kim dives into the world of automated cars. Self-driving cars aren?t some crazy future tech ? They?re here now. That raises some questions. Do they actually work? Is it safe? Is it worth shelling out $8,000 for Tesla?s ?full self-driving? option? To find out, Kim sat down with Consumer Report?s Head of Connected and Automated Vehicle Testing. Hop in and buckle up.
2020-11-25
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Tech Refresh: What we're grateful for, smart password tactics and shopping in secret

In this special episode of Tech Refresh, Kim joins Mike's team in Brand New or Not True. Can Allie, Ben and Cassidy fool them? Plus, the tech getting the Komando team through 2020, PlayStation and Xbox scams and practical ways to manage all those passwords.
2020-11-24
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Tech Refresh: Amazon Pharmacy, Baby Yoda in space, Gmail pro tips

Dive into the week in tech news with Allie, Ben, Cassidy and host Mike. Amazon's online pharmacy is here, but think twice before you order. Plus, Twitter jumps on the stories bandwagon, Baby Yoda climbs aboard a SpaceX ship and Chrome's new update is the biggest performance booster in years. The team talks holiday shopping (have you started yet?) and see if Mike can keep up his winning streak in Brand New or Not True.
2020-11-20
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Mostly Harmless: The internet mystery of a dead man, the Appalachian Trail, and $3.5K in cash

Two years ago, hikers found a dead man in a tent. A year before that, he had left his tech job, with no phone or identification, to find peace on the Appalachian Trail. To this day, nobody knows who he is or why he died. In this episode, Kim dives into the mystery that captivated the internet. One day, the man called himself Denim for his jeans; the next, he introduced himself as "Mostly Harmless." This is his story.
2020-11-17
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Tech Refresh: Virgin Hyperloop's first ride, data breach madness, fake Clorox websites

In this episode of Tech Refresh, Allie, Ben, Cassidy and Mike talk Netflix's new TV channel (really!), a $6K camera from Leica, and the never-ending notifications always buzzing and beeping at us. Plus, the latest tricks scammers are using to steal your money and a tribute to the late Alex Trebek. And find out if Mike can finally guess correctly in Brand New or Not True.
2020-11-13
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Tech after death: Startups breathing new life into the funeral industry

People say there are only two certainties: death and taxes. But another thing is also certain: technological advancement. In this fascinating, thoughtful and surprisingly funny podcast, Kim explores the deathcare industry, where tech startups are shaking up the funeral profession. Cutting-edge technology is changing the way we?re buried, and creative professionals are bringing more innovation than we?ve seen in centuries.
2020-11-10
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Tech Refresh: Debt collectors in your DMs, faulty AirPods, scam of the week

This week, Allie, Ben, Cassidy and Mike talk Amazon's potential plans to take over rural delivery, new ways debt collectors can harass consumers and a get-rich-quick scheme spreading through a popular app. Plus, the crew reveals the new most-popular video on YouTube and debates a 24-hour break from tech. Spoiler: It's not going to happen.
2020-11-06
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Virtual concerts: How livestream acts are taking over the internet

There really is nothing like a concert. The feeling of the music, the energy, the sound. Then the pandemic hit. Musicians are taking their acts digital, and you're probably wondering what all the hype is about. We brought in Stephen White, CEO of StageIt, a web-based venue that hosts live shows via webcam. By the end of this episode, you?ll be able to brag that you know everything about virtual concerts and how to make the most out of them. 
2020-11-03
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Introducing our brand-new podcast, Tech Refresh

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to check out this episode of our brand new podcast, Tech Refresh. The talented team at Komando.com dives into the week in tech news and all things digital. Plus, an old favorite is back: Brand New or Not True! See if the crew can stump Mike with a mighty convincing fake tech product. Check it out, and let us know what you think at [email protected]
2020-10-30
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Best 5 shows you haven't streamed yet

We?ve got more time to watch TV than ever before. That means you might have already blown through your ?Must Watch? list. Or maybe you just finished an amazing show and you?re looking to rekindle that spark. Either way, this episode is perfect for anyone wondering what to watch next. Kim sits down with an entertainment expert and tells you just what to watch based on your favorites. You don?t want to miss this!
2020-10-27
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Black Friday 2020: Deals happening right now

Welcome to Christmas in October. In years past, prices usually didn?t hit bottom until Thanksgiving, Black Friday or Cyber Monday. This year, however, retailers are jumping the gun on holiday sales and offering low price guarantees throughout the season. I have a ton of questions about Black Friday and when we should buy what. How can you make sure you get the lowest price? What are some deals to be on the lookout for? That's why I brought in Kristen McGrath, Editor of BlackFriday.com. She?s our go-to gal every year this time of year, and we're bringing you the inside scoop.
2020-10-23
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Bonus episode: Full hour of The Kim Komando Show

This week's exclusive episode of Komando On Demand is a full hour of The Kim Komando Show, airing on more than 400 stations across the U.S. Listen on your schedule on the Komando Community. Try it free for 30 days with code at getkim.com. Coming up, while some argue our internet freedoms are under attack in America, it?s nothing compared to what?s happening in other countries since the pandemic began. Plus, there?s a new customer service scam you need to know about before it drains your bank account. And if you?re tired of those non-stop Zoom meetings, you?re not alone. All that and so much more!
2020-10-20
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The truth about streaming: What you need to know about Netflix, Hulu and all the rest

We?ve come a long way from the days of mail-in Netflix subscriptions and Blockbuster rentals. Today there are so many streaming services to choose from. You probably subscribe to a few, but have you thought about what those services know about you? With anything tech-related, you have to follow the money. Kim talks with Dan Rayburn, streaming expert and Chairman of the NAB Show Streaming Summit, to take you behind the scenes. This is a conversation that may make you rethink some of your subscriptions.
2020-10-16
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Self-driving cars: Are they safe? Is the tech worth the price?

Self-driving cars aren?t some crazy future tech ? They?re here now. That raises some questions. Does it actually work? Is it safe? Is it work shelling out $8,000 for Tesla?s ?full self-driving? option? To find out, Kim sat down with Consumer Report?s Head of Connected and Automated Vehicle Testing. So hop in and buckle up ? we?re diving into the incredible world of automated cars.
2020-10-13
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Amazon Prime Day: Strategies to get the best deals and save big money

Amazon Prime Day is in its sixth year, but the 2020 version won't look like years past. The-two day affair kicks off at midnight EST on Tuesday, Oct. 13, and I want to make sure you're prepared to get the most bang for your buck. I brought in shopping expert Kristin McGrath, Editor of BlackFriday.com, to give us the details on what we can expect, offers to hold out for, and the sales to steer clear of. Trust me, you don't want to miss this episode!
2020-10-08
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What if social media and Big Tech paid YOU to use your personal data?

You may think advertising runs the internet, but the big data behind it is where the real profits come from. We're being followed all around the internet and tracked where we go through our phones, watches, tablets, cars, smart speakers and a multitude of other devices. If Big Tech can cash in on our data, why can?t we? Kim talks with author and computer scientist Jaron Lanier ? one of the founding fathers of virtual reality ? about what it could look like if we truly had control over our info online.
2020-10-06
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Election hackers: How secure is the tech we?re using for the next election? Part 2

It?s part 2 of our election episode, and we?re diving even deeper into the 2020 Election?s biggest security threats. We?re talking about ransomware, delays, government hacks and more. Planning to vote this year? You?ve got to listen to this!
2020-10-02
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Election hackers: How secure is the tech we?re using for the next election? Part 1

It?s almost time for Americans to vote, and most of us have the same question: Is the tech taking and counting our votes secure? In part one of our Election 2020 deep dive, Kim lays out all the different security threats you have to deal with when you vote. Whether you cast your votes by ballot, voting booth or through a website, you could encounter wannabe election engineers. Luckily, you?ve got Kim Komando on your side. Get all the knowledge you need on how to vote safely.
2020-09-29
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Top private investigator shares the dirty secrets about background check websites

You can Google someone or check social media to find out more about them. Eventually, you?ll land on the background check sites. Enter someone?s name and they show you tiny details. Pay a fee and you can get even more info. But what do the pros use to get the intel they need? Kim talks to Rich Robertson, a Certified Legal Investigator who has taken the lead on hundreds of complex criminal and civil cases. Finding any dirt on someone should be an easy task for him. He's got the secrets on the pros use.
2020-09-25
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Scam alert! 5 Amazon cons you?ve got to watch out for

With millions of users around the world, Amazon has drawn scammers like moths to flames. There are many different cons that cybercriminals have tailored specifically for Amazon, and they?re complex enough to have stolen millions in cash. That?s why Kim's giving you the low-down on 5 Amazon scams you?ve got to watch out for. With the holiday season right around the corner, this is essential listening for anyone who?s about to start shopping.
2020-09-22
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