Mobile Phone Spam Prevention TipsWritten by Carl E. Reid on January 29, 2009
With most email systems such as Microsoft Live mail and Google Gmail able to filter most spam, spammers are moving aggressively to target wireless mobile cell phones.
Mobile communications expert, Andy Adams says “mobile phones are seen as easy targets since text messages are the perfect medium for sending junk mail out to the world. The extent of this issue is most prevalent in China. In China there are an estimated 555 Million mobile phone users, two hundred million phone users who were surveyed reported to have been victims of mobile spam. Considering that most users reported that they received on average 8 spammy messages per week this makes for a huge problem.”
Tips to Get Your Wireless Mobile Carrier to Stymie Spam
- AT&T: Log in at http://mymessages.wireless.att.com. Under Preferences, look for the text-blocking and alias options. You can also block specific addresses and websites.
- Verizon Wireless: Log in at http://vtext.com. Under Text Messaging, click Preferences. Click Text Blocking to block text messages from e-mail or from the Web. You can also block specific addresses or websites, or set up an alias.
- T-Mobile: Log into http://www.t-mobile.com and go to “My t-mobile” using the t-mobile sites drop down at the top of the page. Now, search for “Change plan or services” and click the link. You will be taken to a page with the section “Your Current Services” where you’ll have to click the “change services” button. Here, you can block text messages, instant messages, photo messages, messages sent via e-mail, or even all text messages.
- Sprint: Log in at http://www.sprint.com. On the top navigation bar, click My Online Tools. Under Communication Tools, click Text Messaging. On the Compose a Text Message page, under Text Messaging Options, click Settings & Preferences. In the text box, enter a phone number, email address or domain (such as Comcast.net) that you want to block.
- Virgin Mobile: Check the Messaging Settings page on Virgin Mobile’s website (http://www.virginmobile.com) to block text messages from up to ten telephone numbers or email addresses. You can also change preferences on your handset (VirginXL or VirginXtras > Messaging > Messaging Management)