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  • Apple Files Patent For Automated Disposable Email Addresses To Help Handle Spam

    Apple Files Patent For Automated Disposable Email Addresses To Help Handle Spam

    A new Apple patent application published today (via AppleInsider) details a system for heading off email spam and tracking its source. The tech automates a process many people now use manually, setting up temporary email addresses to be used for web service signups, which can then be thrown away when compromised by a spammy service, and provide clues as to which provider betrayed your… Read More

  • Developer Spams Google Play With Ripoffs Of Well-Known Apps…Again

    Developer Spams Google Play With Ripoffs Of Well-Known Apps…Again

    It’s not uncommon to search the Google Play app store and find a number of knock-off or “fake” apps aiming to trick unsuspecting searchers into downloading them over the real thing – especially when the app in question isn’t yet available on Android. But one developer really went out of his or her way over New Year’s to fill the Android app marketplace with… Read More

  • I, Spammer

    I, Spammer

    As I approach the half-way mark of my crowdfunding project, I wanted to address the thing that makes me feel the worst about this whole process: the spam. As I intimated in in my last post, moving from passive content producer to active content salesperson is hard. As someone used to fire-and-forget posting, convincing others to buy something I’ve built is a hard thing to do. And the… Read More

  • Twitter’s Theoretically Temporary URL Messaging Ban Due To Massive Wave Of DM Spam

    Twitter’s Theoretically Temporary URL Messaging Ban Due To Massive Wave Of DM Spam

    Late yesterday afternoon many Twitter users began to notice that they could no longer send Direct Messages containing URLs. The complaints about the issue gained steam late into the night, when we reported that Twitter said a ‘technical issue’ was behind the problem with DMs. Updates below. Well, it turns out that the technical issue may have been referring to the handling of… Read More

  • Twitter Solves The Follow-Back Tango, Enables Direct Messages From All Your Followers

    Twitter Solves The Follow-Back Tango, Enables Direct Messages From All Your Followers

    Twitter has pushed out a feature update that is extremely useful for journalists like myself, and anyone else who hopes to use Twitter to communicate both publicly and privately. The social network now lets you receive Direct Messages from any of your followers, regardless of whether you follow them or not. Read More

  • A Year Of Spam: The Twoo Experience

    A Year Of Spam: The Twoo Experience

    Twoo, “the fastest growing place to meet new people,” has been spamming people for over a year. Users have been complaining that they get unsolicited mail from the app, that the app emails all of their contacts without their understanding, and that it’s unclear how to delete their accounts. Read More

  • Why Twitter Finally Killed The “Auto Follow” For Good

    Why Twitter Finally Killed The “Auto Follow” For Good

    Fresh on the heels of a spam report which painted Twitter as the network with the largest underground economy for the buying and selling of fake followers, the social network has finally taken steps to crack down on one of the tools often used by those attempting to game its service: the Auto Follow. In Twitter’s parlance, an auto follow refers to an immediate, and programmatic means… Read More

  • Google Explains How Search Works, Complete With Live Spam Slideshow

    Google Explains How Search Works, Complete With Live Spam Slideshow

    Google today updated its Inside Search site, its homepage for all things search, with a handful of educational and interactive features that explain in layman’s terms how Google’s Search works. Did you know the web had over 30 trillion pages, by the way? Or that Google supports over 100 billion searches every month? Or that Google’s index is over 100 million gigabytes? If… Read More

  • ENISA, Europe’s Cyber Security Agency, Says Drive-By Exploits Are The Biggest Threat Today, Spam On The Decline

    ENISA, Europe’s Cyber Security Agency, Says Drive-By Exploits Are The Biggest Threat Today, Spam On The Decline

    ENISA, the European Network and Information Security Agency, today called out drive-by exploits as the biggest, most increasing threat of the moment in the Internet landscape, amongst a sea of other all-too-familiar issues like worms, phishing and botnets. Spam, one of the oldest and most annoying aspects of being online, is the only threat that is on the wane, according to ENISA’s… Read More