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  1. Microsoft escalates to to Edge taskbar ads Edge has about 7.5% market share and this has largely changed over the last year. Microsoft has become increasingly desperate about promoting their native browser, including recently having unskippable splash screens when you update your PC. Now in their latest move, Microsoft is adding prompts to your taskbar, encouraging Windows 10 users to try the browser. The ads show up when you have the browser pinned, which should happen by default if you are upgrading from Internet Explorer. It is presumably aimed at in
  2. T-Mobile is beginning to roll out support for call verification technology, which will confirm that a phone call is actually coming from the number listed on caller ID. Now, if one T-Mobile subscriber calls another T-Mobile subscriber, the person receiving the call will see a message saying “Caller Verified” if they have a supported phone. Unfortunately, there’s only one supported phone for the time being. Call verification won’t put a stop to spammy phone calls, but it will start to help people identify which calls are actually coming from real people. As anyone
  3. An unknown individual compromised an alert service and abused their access to send out a spam message to some of the service’s customers. The Australian Early Warning Network (EWN) alert service disclosed first in a Facebook post and later on its website that the compromise took place near the beginning of the year: The service responded by launching an investigation into the incident. This effort revealed that the individual responsible used stolen credentials to gain access to the service and send out the spam message. This nuisance alert included a link that wasn’t harmful to c
  4. Disable auto-invites to combat Google Calendar Spam Google Calendar spam is not a new phenomenon; it has plagued Google Calendar users for years and spam seems to come and go in waves. Recently, users started to report an increase in Google Calendar spam. Spam comes in many forms but the two main categories fall into advertising and outright malicious messages. Google Calendar customers who did not receive spam invites up until now may wonder how that invite got accepted in first place; it is easy to explain: Google Calendar has a feature that automatically adds invita
  5. The number of robocalls to US consumers increased massively last year. Consumers in the US received a whopping 26.3 billion robocalls in 2018, which was 46 percent more than that the total number of robocalls in 2017, according to Hiya, maker of a caller ID app. The company estimates that people received on average 10 unwanted calls per month and that 25 percent of all robocalls are scams. The top three categories of unwanted calls in the US include general spam, fraud and telemarketing. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has outlined p
  6. Accounts will be limited to 400 follows per day. In an apparent attempt to combat spam and bot accounts that populate its platform, Twitter announced today that it is changing its rules to allow users to follow up to 400 accounts per day. The change marks a considerable drop from the previous cap, which allowed up to 1,000 follows in a single day, though still allows for more following than the average human user is likely to do in a 24 hour period. "As a part of our commitment to building a
  7. Discord says it’s banning millions of accounts to tackle spam The stats were revealed in its latest transparency report Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Discord banned 5.2 million accounts between April and December last year, the company revealed today in its second transparency report. The most common reasons for account bans were spam and exploitative content, which includes nonconsensual pornography (so-called “revenge porn”) as well as sexual content related to minors. The r
  8. Gmail's spam filter might be broken for some, according to user reports Gmail users have begun reporting that the service’s spam filter is malfunctioning, in turn letting many promotional and unwanted emails through to the inbox that would have otherwise been flagged as Spam. Reports of the issue began appearing on Reddit and Twitter (spotted by AndroidPolice) yesterday, with more users tweeting about receiving an unusual number of such emails in their inbox starting this morning. The company has not officially confirmed any problems with s
  9. How to Avoid Spam—Using Disposable Contact Information The next time you sign up for a coupon code or retail promotion, use these apps to avoid spam text and email messages. Photograph: Getty Images Wherever we go on the web, we're asked to sign up for new accounts—for streaming platforms, app trials, delivery services, and so on—and that puts a strain on the email accounts and cell numbers we use every day.
  10. There’s a reason your inbox has more malicious spam—Emotet is back After taking a five-month break, the botnet returns with a short burst of activity. Enlarge Aurich Lawson 29 with 20 posters participating Emotet, the world’s most costly and destructive botnet, returned from a five-month hiatus on Friday with a blast of malicious spam aimed at spreading a backdoor that installs ransomware, bank-fraud trojans, and other nasty malware. The botnet sent a hefty 250,000 messages during the day,
  11. Ruining it for everyone — Keybase moves to stop onslaught of spammers on encrypted message platform Romance, drug, and blockchain scammers drawn to crypto-chat like flies to… Enlarge / All scammers, all the time: my Keybase message inbox. Keybase started off as co-founder and developer Max Krohn's "hobby project"—a way for people to share PGP keys with a simple username-based lookup. Then Chris Coyne (who also was cofounder of OkCupid and SparkNotes) got involved and along came $10.8 million in funding from a group of investors led b
  12. Notepad++'s GitHub issue tracker flooded with pro-Chinese and anti-western messages. Anti-Chinese activists are fighting back with their own spam and attacks on the Beijing regime. Chinese propagandists are spamming the GitHub repository of the Notepad++ app with pro-Chinese and anti-Western messages after Notepad++ devs released a version codenamed "Free Uyghur" on Tuesday. Angry Chinese users posted messages in support of their government, accusing westerners of interfering in matters "they don't understand" and that "China's territorial integrity
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