There are so many online scams and tricks out there I can’t cover them all on my website and national radio show. I make it my duty to inform you of the tactics bad actors use to fool you.  

A great podcast was the episode when I dove into the mind of a hacker. Tap or click to listen to an episode of my podcast, Kim Komando Explains, with an IBM social engineer. She spills the secrets hackers use to scare and confuse people. 

I know you have seen a common trick: fake calls and emails pretending to come from government agencies. No one wants to deal with the IRS or a problem with Social Security. Tap or click for a new government scam making the rounds

Here are five more ways you’re at risk — with easy solutions to be a little safer online. 

1. You post for the whole world to see 

I read a study from Pew Research that blew me away. Of those polled, 53% of Twitter users said that their profiles were set to public. Pew examined the profiles of everyone who submitted their account handle, and a whopping 89% were public. 

Yikes. It looks like we could all use a reminder to check if our profiles are private.  


An easy way to check what others see is to open up a new browser window in private or incognito mode. Navigate to your profile, such as If your tweets are visible, your profile is public. 

To lock down your Twitter account from a computer: 

  • Log in. On the left-hand…

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