Every week, I receive tons of questions from my listeners all over the tech, new products, and all things digital.
Sometimes, though, the selection of the most interesting questions, to emphasize that it is the best part of my job.
This week, I had to ask about the TV, hacker, video door bell, safety, AirPods, with, PC, bloatware, and more.
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TV, hacker, threat
Q: I have a “smart TV” at Costco. It was a great price, but I have heard it said that you will be able to say something about it to the FBI, hackers and Tv’s. I do not have to buy it?
A: If you want to follow us on komando.comyou already know some of the dangers of the Internet of Things (IoT) devices in your home. These are the products that are connected to the internet, such as smart light bulbs, smart fridges, and smart bells.
The FBI recently stated that your smart TV can be a gateway for hackers to get into your own home. They may not be able to gain access to your locked computer directly to it, but it is possible to use a non-secure “smart TV” that can provide them with an easy back-door through your router, enabling them to take control of your machine.
Low-risk threats, as well as how to change the channel, adjust the volume on the TV, and the display of children to inappropriate video content. Worst-case scenario, it’s involved in turning your bedroom into a TV camera and a microphone in a stalking and / or spying device). Yikes!
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Video door bell system security settings
Q: My wife and I had a video doorbell for x-mas. I’m really concerned about who has access to this video. It has been my home and my privacy. Are there any security on this thing?
A: While the traditional door bells are enough for you to let us know if someone is at your door, you, new, video intercom, such as Google’s Nest, Hi there, on offer is a real-time view of who is outside your home. The initial setup is pretty simple, but there are a couple of options that you will want to modify to enhance your experience.
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The Tech-savvy will be in 2020
Q: I would like to find out more about the tech in the year 2020. You’re my trusted source, because you never know what you’ll find with a Google search! However, the local radio station pre-empts for sports. How can I listen to your show?
A: I hate it when that happens! In order to listen to my show on your schedule for the podcast. It’s super easy to make, and when you do that, and my tone will be automatically delivered to you, even while you sleep! Each radio show is three hours, so you have to take the 12 hours of the quality of the technical programme and entertainment each and every month.
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Is gone, new computer bloatware
Q: I’ve finally got rid of my 8-year-old Windows-based computer. This is a quick, but dang, there are a lot of unwanted programs. What is the fastest and the most secure way is to clean it up?
A: It can be fun to set up a new PC. How to customize your desktop so it looks just right, click, to download any new apps, and to use it for the first time and it feels great. Unfortunately, it’s not always as easy as it goes through a quick installation process, you selecting a couple of colors, fonts, and windows, and go from there.
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Many pre-built computers come with at least a certain level of the weird, the unwanted apps and software on them bloatware. Bloatware you can have a taste of the games that you don’t want it to, the apps you will never use it or have proprietary software that will slow down your computer.
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Use the AirPods as a hearing aid
Q: I am in love with my Apple AirPods. I thought I had heard that you would be able to use it as a hearing aid. What is the insider pro’s trick to do that?
A: If you are having trouble hearing someone during a conversation, AirPods can be your on-demand to clean them. Apple has introduced a feature, starting with iOS 12, called Live Listen.
Once set up, you can use your iPhone to get closer to the person you want to be heard, and the AirPods will produce a brighter sound. There are other AirPod tricks that you would like to be, as it is to find them, and when they are losing (it will happen!), Siri can announce the calls, and how to make your AirPods be fun to play with all of your other devices.
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