Posts Tagged ‘Spam’

Microsoft Fixes Outlook Spam Issues

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

I haven’t seen this myself, but perhaps you have …

If you are using one of Microsoft’s emailing services, Outlook.com for instance, you may have noticed a sharp increase in spam messages that were not filed as spam in the past couple of days. The main issue here was of course that spam was not flagged properly by Microsoft so that it landed in user inboxes instead of the junk folder where it belonged. You may have noticed as well that spam messages that were not identified as such did not land as frequently in the inbox today or not at all as it did yesterday or the days before.

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LastPass Hacked – What this Means to You

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

Could it be that simply writing down your passwords on an old 3×5 card is actually safer than an online password manager?

Online security company LastPass published an announcement yesterday on the official company blog that it detected and blocked suspicious activity on the company network. According to the information posted on the blog, the company did not find evidence that LastPass user accounts were accessed or user vault data was downloaded. The company did not mention when it first noticed the breach but some users reported that they started to receive spam to email addresses used exclusively for the password manager account on June 8th.

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Facebook: Beware of Unlimited Watching Chrome Extension Spam

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Facebook users should be on the lookout for this phony viewer scam …

Depending on who you are connected to on Facebook, you may have been exposed to one of the recent spam attacks on the site. The attack disguises itself in form of a status update and includes a link to a media player site and names of other contacts. When you click on the link you are taken to a website that sports a media player, some banners and maybe some other page elements.

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YouTube Combating Spam Problem with Switch to Real Names?

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Which is more annoying? The occasional spam message, or the complete loss of online anonymity?

Reports have appeared on a number of websites that YouTube seems to display prompts to users of the site at the moment that is asking them to start using their full name on the site. When you try to leave a comment on YouTube you may see a popup or overlay window instead entitled “Start using your full name on YouTube”.

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Google Rolls Out Search Update to Combat Web Spam

Friday, April 27th, 2012

This is good news, but it’s only a matter of time before the spammers eventually figure out how to game this search update too …

As a webmaster, I’m often affected by updates to Google’s search algorithm. Updates that try to resolve issues with low quality sites, web spam or sites that are tampering with the system have affected websites and thus also webmasters who should not have been affected. With every Google search update there is a chance that a site gets hit that should not got hit in the first place. And got hit in this regard means that rankings drop in the search engine, which leads to reduced visits and everything that goes along with it.

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Twitter Sues Twitter Spam Tool Providers

Friday, April 6th, 2012

Here’s an interesting approach to dealing with spam; if it works, this type of strategy will probably make Twitter users very happy.

Twitter in its current form is abused by spammers, usually with the help of automated tools that support multiple profiles, auto following and posting, custom messages and a lot of other goodies that put Twitter use on autorun. Reasons for spamming Twitter differ, from pushing out mass advertisements over SEO purposes to distributing malware and other malicious content.

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Gmail Reports Why Mails Have Been Rated as Spam

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Spam isn’t all that big of a deal to me. Heck, I just treat it the same way I treat snail-mail junk-mail; I toss it in the trash, no filter needed.

Like many other email providers, Gmail is using anti-spam technologies to filter out spam messages automatically. These spam messages are then moved into the spam folder, and not into the mail inbox. That’s beneficial to the user, as it reduces the time it takes to go through all incoming emails.

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Which Email Provider Offers the Best Spam Protection? Study Suggests Hotmail

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

For a free email client, Hotmail does do a pretty good job of filtering out the spam …

Spam is one of those things that you never can get rid of completely, it seems. Email providers like Hotmail, Google Mail or Yahoo Mail are battling on the spam front ever since they opened their door for the first users. And while they managed to cut down significantly on spam in past years, there is still work to be done in that compartment. Providers are currently working together to eliminate most of the spam once and for all. Until then though, users will receive spam fairly regularly in their inboxes.

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Blocking Spam in Search Engines

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

If you think about it, this is kind of a scary development; especially if you run a website …

You may have read that Google created an extension for its Google Chrome browser exclusively that can be used to block results in Google search from appearing again. The main reason for creating the extension however is not that, even though it is a nice side effect.

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Global Spam Levels in Mysterious Month-on-Month Fall – Update

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Darn! And just yesterday it sounded like the avalanche of spam might be drawing to an end …

Yesterday I wrote here that global spam levels had dropped mysteriously month on month since August 2010 from a high of about a quarter of a trillion messages a day to about 50 billion.  Just to show how quickly everything can change in the world of technology, it all suddenly changed again yesterday.

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