Tag Archive: spam


Google updates phone app to prevent some spam calls from interrupting you

While some updates for Android are given stage time at Google’s events (like I/O or when they’re unveiling a new smartphone), and sometimes they’re quietly added to the mix.

This appears to be one of the quieter updates. Google recently updated its help page pertaining to spam calls to note that the phone app for Android can not only weed out spam calls, but now it can prevent those potentially annoying calls from barging in on you. With this new  [Read More…]

Pixel and Nexus dialer will send spam calls directly to voicemail

This will be available for all users in the next few weeks.

You know what’s not fun? Spam calls. Picking up the phone to be told you’ve won an all-expense-paid cruise after simply handing over your credit card info gets old real fast, and to help filter these out of your day, the Google Phone app for Pixel and Nexus devices is getting a new direct-to-voicemail feature for them.

First spotted by 9to5Google, this will send any  [Read More…]

Google Docs spam is making the rounds, so take heed before you read

Even attachments from legitimate sources appear to contain illegitimate vibes.

Have you checked social media lately? There’s a bit of buzz making the rounds about Google Docs spam popping up in people’s inboxes. The spam comes as an email attachment from even the most legitimate Google Docs users, including educational institutions and other professional organizations that rely on the document-storing cloud service.

MASSIVE phishing attempt via @Google Docs going on right now!! If you get invited to  [Read More…]

The latest Facebook spam wave is all thanks to deceptive UI

I just spammed all of my friends and family to install an app I had just uninstalled.

Installing new apps is a part of the job. It is rare that I will go through a whole day without deciding to check out an app I haven’t heard of before, and a lot of my friends will recommend stuff either for my opinion or to share a new cool thing. It’s rare that a new app finds a  [Read More…]

AT&T offers to help its customers avoid spam calls for free

Let AT&T do the spam fighting for you.

Spammers are still a thing, which is why AT&T has launched Call Protect to help existing customers manage unwanted phone calls.

The feature enables automatic blocking of fraudulent phone numbers and warns you of suspected spam calls, though it’s worth noting the latter only works if you’re in an HD Voice cover area. To enable the Call Protect, simply add it through the myAT&T account app or start  [Read More…]

Tired of getting telemarketing or spam calls to your cell number? Give the Truecaller Dialer app a try (app review)

Getting an unsolicited cell phone call is one of the most annoying habits human beings have invented. If you own a phone line that goes to your house (landline), I am sure you’re used to getting dozens of spam calls a week. Even with the government with the National Do Not Call Registry, run by the

Google Play Store receiving improved fraud and spam detection

Google wants to make the Play Store a bit safer when it comes to avoiding fraudulent material and spam.

Google has announced a few key changes for the Play Store that focus on cracking down on developers fraudulently promoting apps. The company is rolling out new detection and filtering tools, which should help it filter out attempts to manipulate the Play Store and its app rankings. The goal is to boost the integrity of the Play Store and its apps.

One example could  [Read More…]

Google adding spam protection in Phone app + how it works

Spam callers are annoying, but what may be more annoying is not being able to do something about it. Probably long overdue, Google will now let you take back those moments phone spammers have taken from you. That is, if you use Google’s Phone app. This primarily pertains to Nexus users, as third-party UI’s typically include their own

Google brings spam call protection to some Nexus and Android One phones

Google is rolling out an update for the Android phone app that will warn you about spam callers. The update, currently for Nexus or Android One phones on Marshmallow, lets you block and report these numbers.

From Nexus on Google+:

Today, we’re beginning to update your Google Phone app with spam protection on #Nexus and #AndroidOne devices to warn you about potential spam callers and give you the ability to block and report these numbers. If  [Read More…]

Google+ helps Communities fight spam with new ‘content controls’ setting

Communities on Google+ will now be able to take a stronger stand against spam thanks to a new content controls setting. Rolling out to existing Communities now, the new setting will allow for more aggressive content filtering to keep spam to a minimum.

From Google Product Manager Frank Rodriguez:

Now we can be more aggressive in identifying inappropriate posts in a Community. When this setting is on, Google+’s content filter is more likely to flag posts that are questionable, so  [Read More…]