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LinkedIn Is Tricking Users Into Spamming Their Friends

LinkedIn has rapidly become a popular social network for professionals who are interested in more than mere socializing. It’s become the go-to site for networking and job hunting. Despite its popularity though, the site has come under fire for its …

LinkedIn Is Tricking Users Into Spamming Their Friends
   

We live in a world of social networking. It’s a fact. And those in the business world understand the value of networking, period. It’s kill or be killed, folks; you eat what you kill; and about a million other platitudes that comprise the ever-competitive, ever-stressful, world in which most of us find ourselves. So with all that pressure to perform, isn’t it nice to have Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn? Each one bringing to the table its own set of tools that the modern businessperson can utilize to manage contacts, create new ones, disseminate messages, and connect where a connection wasn’t possible before.

We froth at the mouths over these services, free for the most part, and cannot believe that what we used to do with personal information managers, contact information managers, and customer relationship managers, we do now with a browser. But there are inherent dangers associated with trust, and that’s an issue that many tend to ignore. There’s an even greater risk when we dismiss the fact that these services are free. Of course they’re not free. They all have their own revenue models. Their owners and employees aren’t doing it because their doctors told them to get out and be code monkeys for seventeen hours a day.

Is LinkedIn a Business Networking Site or a Spam Monger?
   

Consumers Harder Than Ever for Spammers to Reach

New research has revealed that today’s consumers are harder than ever for spammers to reach, thanks to being increasingly spam savvy and ever improving spam filters and tools like GMail’s tabbed inbox that places all promotional emails in a separate section, …

Consumers Harder Than Ever for Spammers to Reach
   

Gmail Introduces New Tool to Cut Down on Spam

Promotional emails like newsletters and flyers can be both a blessing and a curse. Done right, they can help your business grow and nurture a loyal customer base. Done wrong, they can get you blacklisted and be a waste of …

Gmail Introduces New Tool to Cut Down on Spam
   

Guess Which Country Hosts the Most Malware?

I was recently reading the Anti-Phishing WorkGroup’s most recent report on Phishing Activity Trends (new window, PDF,) which covers Q3 2013. Imagine my surprise when I found that of all the countries that host phishing sites, compromised websites, malware and Trojans, the United States leads the way by a significant, and ignoble margin. Yes, the US, which has all kinds of laws against cybercrime, and has several different federal agencies with responsibility for investigating cybercrime and responding to attacks, seems to host the lions’ share of all the malware that’s out there. Let’s take a look at what the report shows.

Guess Which Country Hosts the Most Malware?
   

Fanbox Spam Scheme Returns

We’ve discussed Fanbox several times here in the past, and when we did it generated a lot of feedback. Fanbox started out billing itself as an online chat, word processor and storage service (think Google Docs/Drive/Messenger), but quickly earned the …

Fanbox Spam Scheme Returns
   

New Zealand Company Hit With Spam Violation

A New Zealand marketing company has been hit with a $120,000 fine for spamming. Auckland-based Image Marketing Group was found in violation of the Unsolicited Electronic Messages Act by the New Zealand Internal Affairs Department. According to their investigation, IMG …

New Zealand Company Hit With Spam Violation
   

Exchange 2013 SP1 Brings Back Anti-Spam Capabilities With the Edge

In our last series of posts, we talked about several of the Exchange Anti-Spam agents in Exchange 2013. We went over how to activate them, and how to configure them, and what each one did. Of course, for these, the setup meant that we had to run them on our Hub Transport servers, because Exchange 2013 has no Edge. Well, that really should read that Exchange 2013 had no Edge, until now. One of the most significant things Exchange 2013 Service Pack 1 brings to the party is the return of the Edge Transport role. Let’s look more closely at what this means for us.

Exchange 2013 SP1 Brings Back Anti-Spam Capabilities With the Edge
   

Forbes Issues Phishing Warning After Being Hacked

Popular financial magazine Forbes is warning people who have registered on its website to be on the lookout for phishing scams after the site was hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army. The notorious hacker group compromised the website last week …

Forbes Issues Phishing Warning After Being Hacked
   

Apple Inc. sure loves its patents. If it could, the Cupertino, California-based maker of stylish devices would patent the apple itself and then sue every grocery store on the planet. And it’s no secret that the company with more money than God loves to dole a bit out to teams of crack lawyers. Its penchant for litigation is legendary; just ask Samsung. So when the big Macintosh files for yet another patent, it’s hardly newsworthy. Unless, of course, that patent is designed to wage war on spam.

According to several media outlets, including Apple Insider, MacRumors and Business Insider, Apple’s filed a patent for disposable email addresses, a patent that describes a framework for users who wish to minimize the amount of spam that invades their inboxes. The patent was actually filed in 2012, but the story broke because on February 13, the United States Patent and Trademark Office published the application.

Apple Files Patent to Take a Bite out of Spam
   

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  • Marcelo on Preventing Internal Email Abuse with Exchange Server 2010 April 8, 2014

    Hi My friend I have Exchange 2010 but the opcion "when the subject field or the message body maches" i dont have with options! can i use other option? thanks

  • Hery on Fanbox Spam Turns Into Costly Scam April 7, 2014

    Thank you very much, your posting helpfull, cause I get this FANBOX today..

  • Harry D. on Anti-Spam Efforts are Working April 1, 2014

    Definitely, any positive news about spam is always welcome. I really don't have a lot of issues with good e-mails ending up in spam because I also check my Junk Mail from time to time, and if it's urgent and they need my reply, they simply call or try to contact me in other means. I think it's also essential that you provide your friends, colleagues, and clients other ways to reach out to you other than e-mail.

  • Steven on Apple Files Patent to Take a Bite out of Spam April 1, 2014

    Sounds like a good plan, Apple, but they should better concentrate on growing their brand and bread and butter first. As they say, jack of all trades, master of none. It's better to be great in one thing than to be good in almost all things. Don't be like Android or Google please.