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Robocalls

Robocalls are the worst they’ve been since the pandemic started

March 5th, 2021

If you feel like robocalls have picked up significantly in recent weeks, you are not imagining it. Citing data collected by YouMail over the last twelve months, CNN reports that Americans received more than 4.6 billion robocalls in February, which was a 15.1% increase over January despite the fact that February was three days shorter. …

Stop robocalls

T-Mobile and AT&T are actually working together to stop robocalls

August 14th, 2019

The scourge of robocalls and spoofed numbers is bad as now as it’s ever been, but in recent weeks, the government and the private sector have both been taking the issue more seriously. In fact, US mobile carriers T-Mobile and AT&T revealed on Wednesday that they are teaming up to bring call cross-network call authentication …

Verizon: Free spam and robocall tools

Verizon is giving subscribers free robocall and spam protection tools

January 18th, 2019

In an effort to curb the recent epidemic of spam and robocalls, Verizon announced this week that it will be giving all of its customers free access to protection tools (which were previously behind a paywall) starting this March. As Joe Russo, senior vice president of network operations, explains, Verizon added call and spam screening to …

T-Mobile

T-Mobile introduces new features to combat phone scammers

March 24th, 2017

Every year, phone scammers come up with new and creative ways to bilk individuals out of their hard-earned money. From calling up folks and pretending to be IRS agents to robocalling every permutation of phone number possible with promises of easy money, the variety of different phone scams seems to increase significantly with each passing year. …

Data Mining Tricks: Who Sells My Data

This simple trick tells you what websites are selling your data

December 14th, 2016

One of the harsh realities of the web is that many sites profile their customers, and then sell that data to third parties. It’s not just Google, Facebook, or Amazon, which probably do it better than anyone else. For better or worse, it’s the way the web works, and there’s no fixing it anytime soon. …

What Happens When You Reply To Spam

The hilarious things that happen when you actually reply to spam

January 11th, 2016

Have you ever gotten a piece of spam that made it past your filter and thought to yourself, “I wonder what would happen if I actually replied to this?” British comedian James Veitch has made a routine out of replying to spammers and scammers in recent years and late last year he gave a TED Talk that …