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Author: Kim Komando

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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.

308 Episodes
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. 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. Hop in and buckle up.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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!
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 She’s our go-to gal every year this time of year, and we're bringing you the inside scoop.
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 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!
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.
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.
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, 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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Comments (11)

Doug Ruggles

Kim, why does your add for buyraycom/kimk.... take me to a bogus website with links deemed potentially harmful? (

Nov 12th


Just started listening to this podcast. One episode in (virtual concerts) and I must say I realy like the ping pong aspect of host and guest. My only complaint is please sync the volume better. It might be on my end but from what I noticed is the ads that roll are super loud and im finding myself having to adjust the volume every time an ad rolls.

Nov 3rd


Freaks and Geeks is such a fun highly underrated show with an 80s vibe, no idea where to find it though but its well worth the search. Red Oaks is another coming of age series with a strong 80s vibe made by Amazon Prime video. I really like the Prime series, Mozart in the Jungle.

Oct 28th

Clinton Knight

last year the Prime Day prices were the same as July prices. It was truly a disappointment.

Oct 11th

JC Preston

True story. Several of my podcast guests have been Digital Nomads. Many of them prefer to be called "Citizens of the World".

Mar 30th

Ray Jayatunga

Great discussion and really valuable insight. My only criticism is that the background track is extremely distracting

Jan 18th
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Russell Hicks

love Kim Komando,

Jan 16th

Phil Conti

thkq..very informative in laymen language.

Aug 2nd

Pamela Grebe Richardson

Interesting content (have listened to several episodes) but it's a painful experience. There is way too much noise underneath the speaker and/or used to "illustrate" the information being presented. Unfortunately, with this episode, I have finally been driven away and will be unsubscribing.

May 18th
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