Secure online banking, smart homes and more: Tech Q&A

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Secure Online Banking

Q: I need to access my bank account while traveling. How can I do this the safe way?

A: Online banking is a real luxury, especially if you’re on the road. No one likes to have his or her balance at a service station ATM, and the matters are even more complicated when you are abroad. If you have a banking app on your phone, you are also vulnerable to digital thieves, who thrive on public Wi-Fi and an easy-to-guess passwords. If you are in the habit of banking on the go, you can also consider the securing of a VPN that you want to add an extra level of security. There are, however, three main lines of the defence, while you move around. Tap or click here for three crucial steps to secure online banking.

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WPA3 Upgrade

Q: My router has WPA2 only. I must have WPA3?

A: it Sounds like you know what you’re talking. For the rest of our readers, WPA3 is an enhanced form of security. As I have said many times, both on this website and on my show, routers are the weak spot in your armor, and many hackers find their way into your computer by means of hardware. The question is, do you really do not have to worry about the difference between WPA2 and WPA3? Is this a necessary step or router companies split hairs so they can sell more product? Tap or click here to learn more about WPA3.

Enlarged Screen

Q: My eyes are not what they used to be. How can I enlarge the text on my phone and tablet?

A: As someone who is highly sensitive for ocular problems, I remember seeing those stacks of large-print books in the public library. These are a fantastic option for people who are struggling to look at the small print, but the selection is always smaller than the more traditional books, and of course, you have to go to the library. The great thing about a digital screen is how much can be adjusted; you can enlarge the text on almost any phone or tablet. This means that not only are Word documents, and e-mail, but apps and is also looking for. Tap or click here to make the text larger on your device.

Recipe Apps

Q: I love my Instant Pot. I google recipes, but is there a better way?

A: As you probably know, there are a million places on the internet for recipes. I’m a fan of the “Yummy” videos (and the entire genre they spawned), that show that cooking is a tutorial in fast motion. But the Immediate Pot is in a class by itself. You probably discovered that a part of the joy of owning a Instant Pot is that you can program the device in so many ways, instead of the two or three settings found on traditional crockpots. To get the maximum out of your use of the right recipes will present the device to detect. Tap or click here for the best recipe apps for instant pot cooking.

“Distressing” Your House

Q: Apart from the smart locks and smart light bulbs, what can I add to my house to make it “smart?”

A: When “smart homes” hit the mainstream, there were a few popular devices that took the spotlight. The virtual assistant is the best known, thanks to the using Amazon Echo. Then there were all the devices, such as smart light bulbs and smart security doors. The audience was so in love with these early gadgets that a lot of follow-up inventions got short shrift. But you don’t have to fork over thousands of dollars to invest in smart technology; some devices are as small as an egg, crates, toothbrushes and pans. The funniest is a “smart table,” which probably gets the imagination swirling, but you would be amazed how useful such devices can be. Tap or click here for 11 smart devices that you did not know that they existed.

What the digital lifestyle, if you have any questions? 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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