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Google adds spam protection, Nexus and Android One only

Google adds spam protection, Nexus and Android One only

If you thought web page ads and e-mail spam were the most annoying things in the world, then you probably have been on the receiving end of spam calls. This day and age, it is still common to receive such unwanted attempts on our smartphones. Luckily, technology has made identifying and blocking those numbers a lot easier. Google has finally made use of that technology for its Android phone app, giving users much needed peace of mind. The catch? It's only available for Google's own smartphones.

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Infamous ‘Spam King’ gets 2.5 years jail sentence, $310k fine

Infamous ‘Spam King’ gets 2.5 years jail sentence, $310k fine

Following his guilty plea almost a year ago, Sanford Wallace, the self-proclaimed "Spam King," was given a two-and-a-half year prison sentence this week. The hacker is known for plaguing Facebook users with over 27 million spam messages, in addition to collecting the log-in credentials of more than 500,000 people. While that punishment might seem a bit light considering the depth of Wallace's operation, he has also been ordered to pay some $310,000 in fines.

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Gmail spam catching prowess improved with neural network

Gmail spam catching prowess improved with neural network

Spam email is one of the most annoying things about the internet today with inboxes flooded with messages for cheap medications and dating sites that few people actually want to see. Gmail is pretty good at catching spam messages and hiding them away in the spam folder without most users having to do much to make it happen. However, we all know that at some point you need to check spam because inevitably a message that isn't spam ends up in there.

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Facebook’s business Page likes will drop as they get more accurate

Facebook’s business Page likes will drop as they get more accurate

Social media can be a great tool for modern businesses. We've seen a growing number of businesses use Facebook to promote their brands. Some low-budget businesses forgo a website altogether and only create a Facebook page instead. These businesses should prepare for a drop in Page likes because Facebook for Business just announced a new change in the way their Page likes are counted. To start, they are expunging business Page likes from deactivated accounts. Now, any likes from memorialized accounts or accounts that were voluntarily closed will no longer show up on a Page's like count.

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Phishing scams 45% successful according to Google study

Phishing scams 45% successful according to Google study

You would think that we've been taught and warned enough to recognize the signs of phishing attempts, those emails and websites designed to trick us into entering usernames and passwords for things like email, Facebook, and online banking, often designed to look authentic, but still not appearing quite right. Well, it turns out a number of internet users are still falling victim to such scams. A very large number of users, according to a study from Google and the University of California, San Diego.

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Ebola in your inbox: email spammers using virus to trick users

Ebola in your inbox: email spammers using virus to trick users

Despite much of the hysteria in the headlines these days, the American people have little chance of catching the Ebola virus. Our computers on the other hand, need to be careful. Email spammers are increasingly relying on Ebola scare-tactics in an effort to get recipients to open their messages and click on the links within.

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Gmail gets official “Unsubscribe” button

Gmail gets official “Unsubscribe” button

Now that we’ve got non-latin character support, Gmail is officially doing us another big favor. If you’ve ever signed up for a newsletter, only to find yourself inundated with daily roundups of stuff you don’t care to know about, Gmail can now unsubscribe you with a single click.

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AOL responds to widespread email spamming hack

AOL responds to widespread email spamming hack

If you’ve been receiving odd emails from an AOL email address, you’re not alone. A massive hack led to many accounts being compromised, used to send out spammy emails that included catchy headlines and suspect links. AOL has issued a response, saying their investigation ingot he matter is ongoing, and users should take steps to protect themselves.

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Street View and reCAPTCHA teams create puzzle-solving algorithm

Street View and reCAPTCHA teams create puzzle-solving algorithm

A couple years ago, Google kicked off an experiment that included house numbers from Google Street View in reCAPTCHAS, the means by which websites reduce spam. Today on the Google Online Security blog, the company detailed improvements it has made since then, saying, "Street View and reCAPTCHA technology just got smarter."

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Google Chrome extensions pulled down for ad policy violations

Google Chrome extensions pulled down for ad policy violations

The battle with ads, and their cousin spam, is a never ending one. While a well-placed ad or two can generate legitimate interest, not to mention revenue, for some, there are those who would unconscientiously go beyond limits as evidenced by recent events surrounding two Google Chrome extensions.

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Snapchat spam glut is being worked on, promises company

Snapchat spam glut is being worked on, promises company

Following security warnings and the eventual massive leaking of Snapchat usernames and numbers, the disappearing-messages service has been experiencing a glut of spam, something users have been reporting in great enough numbers to prompt a blog post update today. Says the company, the onslaught of unwanted messages isn't likely the result of its Find Friends debacle, and that the issue is being worked on.

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NYCC organizer ReedPop spams attendee Twitter accounts

NYCC organizer ReedPop spams attendee Twitter accounts

The radio frequency identification (RFID) tags embedded in ID badges for this year's New York Comic Con were used to spam attendees' Twitter accounts the moment they walked into the Javits Center. The spam took the form of overly enthusiastic tweets like "#NYCC is the Best Four Days of my Year!" and "So much pop culture to digest! Can’t. handle. the. awesome.", followed by a link to the NYCC page on Facebook. Attendees were not warned ahead of time about this, and the spamming was intentional.

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