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WhatsApp To Show You Frequently Forwarded Messages To Avoid Spam, Fake News

A beta version of WhatsApp labels shows users messages that have been frequently forwarded. This feature could help users avoid sharing content that’s potentially spam or fake.

Apps/Software March 25, 2019

Android Messages Will Fight Spam In Your Texts

The default Messages app on Android is getting a new Spam Protection feature. It’s not clear how the feature works, but it should help users deal with unwanted spam texts going forward.

Google December 29, 2018

iPhone Banned In India? It May Happen, If Apple Doesn't Give In To The Government

Apple is struggling with iPhone sales in India, but it may face an even bigger issue soon. The government may ban iPhones if Apple continues to refuse approval for an anti-spam app developed by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India.

Apple July 23, 2018

Google Phone App For Android Now Able To Block Spam Calls: Here's How To Activate The Feature

The Google Phone app for Android has been updated to better handle spam. Users are now able to activate a feature that will automatically send suspected spam calls to voicemail without any notifications.

Google July 15, 2018

WhatsApp To Combat Spam, Scams, And Fake News With New 'Forwarded' Label

WhatsApp introduced a new feature aimed to curb the spread of fake news, spam, and scams. Look for the new 'forwarded' label and think twice whether to pass the message along.

Apps/Software July 11, 2018

Metal Pieces In Hormel’s Spam May Cause Oral Injuries: More Than 228,000 Pounds Of Products Recalled

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recalled Spam Classic, Hormel Foods Black-Label Luncheon Loaf, and other canned pork and chicken products due to possible contamination of metal pieces. There were reports linked to minor oral injuries after consuming the products.

Public Health May 28, 2018

Some Gmail Users Are Getting Spam Apparently Sent By Themselves

Google says Gmail accounts seeing weight loss and growth supplements spam from Telus have not been compromised. This is despite the fact that the spam emails appear to have been sent from their own accounts.

Security April 23, 2018

Facebook Cracks Down On Spam With Improved Tools Against Fake Accounts, But It's An Ongoing Struggle

Facebook has announced new changes to clean up its network and crack down on fake accounts. The company already killed 30,000 spam profiles in France ahead of the elections, but it's a never-ending struggle.

Internet April 16, 2017

Spammergate: 1.4 Billion Email Addresses And User Details Found Online As Spammers' Backups Leak

A spam operation called River City Media spilled 1.4 billion email addresses and user details because its backups were poorly secured. The collection of files includes real names, physical addresses, IP addresses and even RCM's internal files and chat logs.

Security March 7, 2017

AT&T Starts Robocalls Crackdown With 'Call Protect' Service To Block Spam Phone Calls: How It Works

AT&T has officially launched its new Call Protect service to counter robocalls, offering automatic blocking and spam warnings to avoid spam calls. Here's what you need to know about the service.

Internet December 21, 2016

Apple Rolls Out 'Report Junk' Feature To Address iCloud Calendar Spam Problem: Now Available On iCloud.com

Apple has added a new Report Junk feature on iCloud.com to solve the iCloud calendar spam issue. Through the feature, calendar invites sent by unknown users can be classified as junk and deleted.

Apple December 12, 2016

Calendar Spam Is The Latest Problem For iOS Users: Here's How To Stop The Annoying iPhone And iPad Notifications

Owners of iOS devices are reporting increasing levels of calendar spam on their iPhones and iPads. Here are a few methods that users can try to stop receiving the annoying notifications.

Apple November 29, 2016

Fake Google: Here's What You Need To Know So You'll Not Fall For Spam Website Pretending To Be Google.com

There's a spam website making rounds on the web that looks almost exactly the same as Google, but it isn't. It leads to a spam site that could potentially steal information from unsuspecting users.

Internet November 22, 2016

OurMine Strikes Again: Hacks Variety, Floods Readers With Spam

OurMine has yet another hacking victim, and in the latest string of cyberattacks, the target is the news entertainment outlet Variety and its readers too.

Internet September 5, 2016

Google Nexus Android Phone App Gets Spam Call Protection With Latest Update

Google will make it easier to deal with spam callers after the latest update to Android reaches certain handset owners. The feature will be welcomed by both the consumer and enterprise sector, but there is a catch.

Apps/Software July 26, 2016

Sanford 'Spam King' Wallace Gets 2.5 Years Of Jail Time For Spamming Facebook Users

Sanford Wallace, the famous “spam king” of internet, will face jail time and a hefty fine for his malicious actions. The scammer was sentenced to jail after he sent out a whopping 27 million spam messages to Facebook users.

Security June 16, 2016

Reddit Introduces Block User Feature To Help Users Fight Harassment, Trolls And Spam

Reddit has a new block user feature to help users filter out any form of online abuse, ranging from spam to harassment and even trolls.

Internet April 7, 2016

Sen. Chuck Schumer Wants Phone Carriers To Block Unwanted Robocalls

Sen. Chuck Schumer called on phone companies to provide their customers the necessary robocall blocking technology. Robocalls not only produce spams and scams, but also create an avenue for bomb threats in schools, none of which were found true by the police.

Legal March 7, 2016

Why Is A Social Media Mob In Brazil Spamming 'Everybody Hates Chris' Actor Tyler James Williams?

Why are trolls from Brazil spamming the Instagram of former 'Everybody Hates Chris' star Tyler James Williams for no particular reason?

Movies/TV Shows February 16, 2016

Someone Trolled The University Of Michigan By Spamming Its Students With 'Hotline Bling' Lyrics

Someone sent spam emails throughout the University of Michigan, under the name of 'Hotline Bling Bling Boi.'

Internet Culture February 11, 2016

Lost Email? Gmail Receives Update To Let It Search For Missing Emails In Your Spam Folder

Google has given its Gmail a needed update: Gmail now hunts down users' Spam folder for missing emails. Previously, the only component of Gmail that has been indexed, apart from users' Inbox, is the Trash.

Apps/Software November 10, 2015

LinkedIn Settles Spam Email Class-Action Lawsuit, Agrees To Pay $13 Million To Affected Users

LinkedIn sent an email to its members to let them know it was sued over sending unwanted emails. It agreed that it will pay $13 million into a settlement fund.

Legal October 5, 2015

YouTube Says Buh-Bye To Frozen 301+ View Counter: What To Expect

YouTube is now ‘confident’ it can tell between real people and spam bots, which is why it is getting rid of the 301+ placeholder that irritated many YouTube creators.

Apps/Software August 7, 2015

Email Spam Rate Sharply Down, Symantec Reports: What's Up?

While junk mail folders may seem as populated as ever, email spam is down to a 12-year low, according to Symantec. However, the headcount of malware variants is up.

Internet July 21, 2015

Spam Emails Drop Below 50 Percent For First Time In 12 Years

The security firm Symantec found that the amount of spam emails sent decreased to less than 50 percent of total volume in the month of June, making it the lowest junk mail rate since 2003.

Internet July 17, 2015

Gmail Now Uses Artificial Intelligence To Crack Down Harder On Spam, Phishing Emails

Google enhances Gmail’s spam filter using an artificial neural network, which allows one’s inbox to detect and block sneaky spam.

Internet July 11, 2015

Security Experts Warn Of NitlovePOS Malware: What You Should Know

Cybercriminals are now using a malware called NitlovePOS to target point-of-sale machines. The malware is sent via spam emails.

Apps/Software May 27, 2015

Truecaller And Cyanogen Join Forces To Add Smarter Features To CyanogenMod

Cyanogen announced that they have recently partnered with Truecaller. The move will make its upcoming version of CyanogenMod to be integrated with the latter’s Caller ID service along with its spam blocking features.

Business May 11, 2015

Ant Intruder Defense Strategy Inspires Biologist To Seek Better Email Spam Filters

Ants defend their colonies using a distributed decision network. Researchers suggest that a similar system of collective knowledge could be applied to email systems, improving spam detection.

April 1, 2015

3 Free Apps for Securing Smartphones, Mobile Devices

Malware and spam no longer lurk solely on desktops and laptops. The mobile security tools listed here have the features to help keep smartphones and tablets protected from threats.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech December 18, 2014

Fake Ebola email advisory from hackers disguising as WHO spreads malware

Cyber security experts warn of an email containing fake information about Ebola that not only pretends to be from the World Health Organization, but will also install malware and Trojan programs into your system that will give hackers access to your computer and your information.

Internet Culture October 25, 2014

Email scammers tap Ebola crisis for malicious intentions

Email scammers have begun using the Ebola crisis to tempt PC users into downloading malicious software that can track users' keystrokes and steal passwords and other information. The email features a Trojan aimed at grabbing passwords and files.

Computers October 24, 2014

Facebook hones in on fake likes, court action on spammers paying off

In celebration of National Security Awareness Month, a Facebook engineer details how the social network combats spam. So far, the site has assessed roughly $2 billion in legal judgments against spammers.

Business Tech October 6, 2014

Facebook vs spammers: Fake Likes, fraud won't get your business anywhere

Facebook is tightening efforts to cut down on spamming. Now, the social media site has set its eyes on eliminating fake likes and other fraudulent activities used by spammers to earn profit.

Internet October 5, 2014

Facebook implements new policy to minimize 'click-baiting'

Facebook has announced a new policy to alleviate the clutter of "click-bait" links on News Feeds.

Internet Culture August 26, 2014

Twitter shares details on how it uses BotMaker to get rid of spam

Twitter has developed a new anti-spam system and called it the BotMaker. The Twitter bot identifies an event whether it is spam or not even before it is posted on the social network.

Business Tech August 22, 2014

Weight loss spam spreads across Pinterest, spills over on Twitter

The spam messages on hacked Pinterest accounts include weight loss and a fat-burning Asian fruit. The spam spread across Twitter because many users log on to Pinterest using third party accounts.

Internet June 16, 2014

AOL: We got spoofed/breached so change your password/security info

Internet giant reveals "significant" number of accounts were accessed but claims encrypted data hasn't been breached. Investigation is continuing, says AOL.

Internet April 28, 2014

Facebook to curb spammers: Is it fair?

In a move that is receiving widespread support, Facebook is aiming to help curb spam on one's news feed.

Business Tech April 13, 2014

Something to 'Like': Facebook cleans up News Feed of Like-baiting, spammy posts

Facebook minimizes spammy posts and behavior to give users a more enjoyable experience. But it also begs the question: what is considered spam or spammy?

Internet April 12, 2014

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