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Telephone harassment, health, reports, and more: Tech Q&A

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Attaching a Hack

Q: With all the data breaches, I’m wondering if the hackers have my e-mail account log in and password. How can I know whether my e-mail account has been hacked?

A: If you have the same e-mail account for a year, you have probably received that fateful message from a friend: “Hey, I think your e-mail has been hacked.” Your friends can often tell because they start to receive strange and unnatural messages of “you’re”. In the past, all you had to do was change your password. But hackers are more sophisticated. They can ransack your e-mail, looking for valuable information, and you may have no idea that they are there. That is the reason why you should use a more thorough method. Click here to verify your e-mail account has been hacked.

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Health Credit Reports

Q: Is there somewhere online I can see that my health credit report? I know insurance companies use this to determine how dangerous I am.

A: Not so long ago, consumers were punished for checking their own credit scores. We now agree that is ridiculous; you have just as much right to check your credit if you your bank balance. You are also wise to request about your medical records, because this also can result in a “credit score” that most people are not aware exists. This is a time-consuming task, because many patients from all walks of life, are frustrated that insurance companies conduct so much business in secret. If an insurer can decide about your fate, the statistics that they use about your health should be available to you. Fortunately, there are ways to this secret number and see for yourself how your medical history. Click here for your secret health credit reports.

Smartphone Stalkers

Q: Recently, a woman was stalked, because some creep access to her phone while they are at a grocery store. How could this happen?

A: Many people are familiar with file-sharing and how an unsecured Wi-Fi connection will allow people in the neighborhood to dig in your shared documents. Apple offers a feature called AirDrop that simplifies the sharing of photos, videos, images, documents and more. AirDrop has three options in the settings. You can AirDrop Receiving, Contacts, or Everyone. If it is set to everyone, everyone can be within a certain range to be able to send things to your gadget, even strangers. Click here for more information about these sensitive iPhone function.

High-Tech Personal Defense

Q: I want to listen to your podcasts about hi-tech body armor, knives, and the brain-fingerprint technology. Can you give me the link?

A: The world can be dangerous, and there are plenty of reasons why you may need to invest in personal safety. You can use the same bullet-proof gear that law enforcement uses to stay alive to the beat. These are not only Kevlar vests and tasers, but a range of high-tech devices that will save you from injury. Curious? Subscribe to my podcast on iTunes or Google Play and listen to this groundbreaking episode, along with other essential advice. Click here to listen to the podcast about the weapon-resistant gear available to the everyday consumer.

The Defining Of Alexa Skills

Q: I keep hearing about Amazon Alexa skills. What are they?

A: We can file under, “Everything you wanted to know about the Alexa, but were afraid to ask.” As the name suggests, a skill is something that Alexa can do. A skill, such as an app that you download a skill of Amazon, and voila! Now Alexa can call an Uber for you. Tell Alexa the lights dim and the device will communicate with the smart bulbs in your living room. A lot of skills in practice, and you may have to coordinate your Echo with the other smart devices in your home. Click here for the best Alexa skills.

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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