Mozilla Is Experimenting With an Email Alias Feature to Help Keep Spammers Out of Your Inbox

Mozilla is currently testing a feature that can generate an email alias with just a single click to help protect users from hackers as well as keep their actual email address off those dreaded spam lists. Read More >>

Automated Facebook Anti-Spam System Goes Wild, Blocks Links Including Covid-19 Info

Facebook’s automated moderation tools went wild and targeted tons of posts about the coronavirus pandemic and other topics on Tuesday evening, blocking users from sharing articles from legitimate news sources. Read More >>

Apple’s Call-Blocking Feature May Be a Little Too Good

Apple’s iOS 13 release is crammed with features we’ve been looking forward to getting our hands on for months – I’m looking at you, Arcade and system-wide Dark Mode) – but one of the tools that this blogger was most excited was Apple’s spam-fighting feature to silence those infuriating robocalls driving us all mad. And if you’re looking to free yourself from the hell of incessant, unwanted calls from unknown numbers, this is absolutely the feature for you. That said, you should also be aware of some problems you might bump into with the tool enabled. Read More >>

Pumpkin Spice Spam Is Real Proving We’re in the Darkest Timeline

The pumpkin spice craze has just gotten a little too real with the announcement of a limited edition (thank god) pumpkin spice spam. Read More >>

The Best Ways to Cut Down on Spam in Your Inbox

Email, which is simple, convenient, and cheap, has a downside: Spam messages continue to bother just about anyone with an inbox to their name. While fighting back against the tide might seem futile, you’d be surprised at just how much you can cut down on unsolicited email without having to dedicate too much time or energy to the effort. Read More >>

The UK is the Most Popular Destination for Telephone Fraud

15 per cent of all of the world's scam phone call attempts terminate at our stupid heads and smart phones here in the UK, as global scammers think we're the nation most likely to hand out our debit card details to someone pretending to be phoning from Microsoft with important safety news about our computers, or at least accidentally return a missed call to an exorbitantly-priced premium number. Read More >>

EE Fined for Spamming its Own Subscribers

Mobile operator EE has been fined £100,000 by the Information Commissioner's Office, for committing the crime of being overly chummy with its subscribers to the tune of 2.5m unsolicited text messages. Read More >>

Twitter Rolls Out Feature to Report Bots, Also Anyone You Think Is a Bot

Twitter has rolled out another feature intended to cut down on spam and misinformation efforts – adding suspected bots, malicious links, and spammy hashtags to the “suspicious or spam” category users can choose when reporting violations of its terms of service. Read More >>

Twitter Announces New Rules Targeting Imposter and Spam Accounts

Last month, Gizmodo uncovered a disturbing scheme where Twitter spammers were apparently impersonating more than a dozen real women to sell diet pills. Now, it seems, the site is introducing new rules to help stop fake accounts like these. Read More >>

Do You Answer the Phone?

I’m not talking about when your mum calls. If your mum calls, you should answer the phone, and actually, you should just probably call your mum more often so she doesn’t have to call you. (HI MUM!) What I want to know is what you do when a number you don’t know calls. Do you answer the phone? Read More >>

The Bizarre Scheme Using Viral Abuse Stories and Stolen Pics to Sell Diet Pills on Twitter

This weekend, a Twitter user shared a disturbing story that verged on the surreal. In a 32-tweet thread, Ashley recounted an abusive relationship with a boyfriend who forced her to eat until it caused her pain — seemingly for his own sexual pleasure. Read More >>

Twitter is Suspending More Than One Million Accounts Per Day in Latest Purge

Apparently sick of being criticised by everyone from US Congress to Seth Rogan for not doing enough to purge its platform of bots, trolls, and malicious foreign actors, Twitter has started liberally dropping the ban hammer on suspicious accounts, suspending more than 70 million users over the course of May and June. Read More >>

Worrying New Gmail Scheme Makes It Seem Like You’re the One Sending Spam

Getting rid of spam is a never ending game of cat and mouse. Just as soon as email hosts figure out how to thwart spammers’ latest tricks, the spammers come up with new ways to fill your inbox with junk you don’t want. Read More >>

Facebook Turned Its Two-Factor Security ‘Feature’ Into the Worst Kind of Spam

Facebook is bleeding users, with external researchers estimating that the social network lost 2.8 million US users under 25 last year. Those losses have prompted Facebook to get more aggressive in its efforts to win users back—and the company has started using security prompts to encourage users to log into their accounts. Read More >>

A Bunch of Twitter Users Got Punked With a ‘Baby Poops His Onesie’ Video

A good rule of thumb is that if a random website tries to trick you into giving it access to your Twitter account in order for you to watch a video titled “Baby Poops In His Onesie, But Dog’s Response Leaves Millions Of People In Hysterics,” you shouldn’t do it. You absolutely should not do it. Read More >>