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Cancer-fighting robots, hacked of tax returns, the dumping of old pcs and more: Tech Q&A

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Stop Robocalls

Q: Is there anything I can do to stop the annoying robocalls promising me free cruises, vacations and scams?

A: It is difficult to ignore a robocall because we are trained to respond to every phone call. Sometimes we can ignore those calls; we don’t recognize the number and we don’t know anyone in, say, Kalamazoo. Other times, the number looks familiar, and we decide to pick up, walk in the robocaller fall. Even if you never answer a robocall, the endless vibration in your pocket can drive you mad. Fortunately, there are ways to end robocalls, and that is a technique that has old-school telemarketers. Click here to learn the best ways to stop robocalls.

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Nano-The Fight Against Cancer

Q: You spoke about the new cancer-fighting nano-on your show. It was fascinating! How can I listen again?

A: Thanks for listening, and so glad you enjoyed it! Almost everyone knows someone with a cancer diagnosis, and this groundbreaking technology is very exciting for everyone. If you are a regular listener, you probably know that I have a groundbreaking new topic every week on my show and podcasts. I think that all of these stories are worth listening to the second time or share with others, and that is the reason why Komando on Demand is such a treat: You can listen to dozens of episodes, when you want, for free. I hope that you will consider subscribing to the podcast, and in the meantime, click here for a quick link to the episode you mentioned.

Russian Tax Hacks

Q: So, now the Russian hackers are after my tax return. What can I do to ensure that I not hacked?

A: Some hackers who want to break into your e-mail and send misspelled messages to your friends with (of course) malicious hyperlinks. That kind of hacker is annoying, but you can usually get back on track in a few hours. In contrast, the Russian hackers you’re talking about are very intelligent, and they know exactly how to manipulate the system. Worse still, this kind of activities is not that difficult to pull off, especially if you’ve made cyber-crime a full-time job. The IRS has already worked out a clever solution; the only downside is that you may have to wait a while to use it. Click here for ways to a file of your tax return and evading these hackers.

Find the Dark Web

Q: I’ve heard of the Dark Web. How you actually get there?

A: The Dark Web is quite easy to access. But beware, the Dark Web is the stomping ground for a lot of unsavory types, and billions of dollars worth of illegal activity flows through this network every day. This is not the place for unskilled browse, and even web-savvy visitors should watch their backs. Click here to learn how to access the Dark Web.

Safely Retire a PC

Q: I’m getting rid of my old PC. What is the best way to remove all my personal files?

A: It sounds so unfair. You have been working for a year on the same computer, is the set of passwords, firewalls and anti-virus software. You have a backup of everything, and you are assured of your Wi-Fi router. Then, after everything is done, you thoughtlessly dispose of your old desktop and someone breaks into the old hard drive and steal your identity. Many smart criminals will take the scan of a retired machine, and finding a ton of valuable information. As soon as the unit out of your hands, there is no telling where it will go. Click here to securely delete data from your PC or Mac.

What questions do you have? Call my radio show and click here to find it on your local radio station. You can listen to the Kim Komando Show on your phone, tablet or computer. Of the buy of an opinion to the digital world problems, click here for my free podcasts.

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Learn about the latest technology on the Kim Komando Show, the nation’s largest weekend radio talk show. Kim takes calls and provides advice on today’s digital lifestyle, from smartphones and tablets to online privacy and data hacks. For her daily tips, newsletters and more, visit her website at Komando.com.

 

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