Showing posts with label Spam. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Spam. Show all posts

Monday, August 14, 2017

Reminder - These Are Attachments You Should Never Open

This morning as I sifted through the mountain of spammy PR emails that greet me every morning, I noticed one email that had the subject line "Secure Document from X." (X = person whose name I didn't recognize). I recently bought a new home so I have had a lot of secure attachments from my realtor, the bank, and insurance company lately. But this secure attachment didn't seem right. See my screenshot and explanation below.

Clues that the attachment is a phishing attempt/ scam:
1. The body of the email just said "see attachment." I, of course, didn't open the attachment. I am not inclined to open random attachments from people I don't know.
2. I was BCC'd on the email. No one sending me a legitimate attachment isn't going to BCC it to me.

Obviously, I reported this email at a spam/ phishing attempt and then I promptly deleted it.

On a related note, Common Craft offers a great video that explains phishing scams and how to recognize them.

Disclosure: I have an in-kind relationship with Common Craft. 

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Avoiding Comment Spam Scams

For every blogger receiving comments from readers can be a feel-good experience. It makes you feel like your writing has reached someone on a level deep enough or important enough that the reader takes time out of his or her day to respond to you. But before you approve the comment and publish it to your blog, take a minute to determine if it's an authentic person leaving the comment or if it's a wolf in sheep's clothing.

Some comments are easy to recognize as spam, comments containing misleading links or the commentator's name is linked to a nefarious website are obviously spam. A less obvious spam comment is something like "great post, thanks for sharing, I'll be sure to visit this blog often." Sure that may be a legitimate comment, but in most cases if you visit the site linked to the commentator's name you'll find a spammy website.

A recent trend I've seen in comment spam is a request for you to send the commentator an email. This is what I'm seeing, "Great articles and it's so helpful. I want to add your blog into my rrs reader but i can't find the rrs address. Would you please send your address to my email? Thanks a lot!" While this comment is obviously trying to appeal to my helpful nature, there are a couple of tell tale signs that is a spam comment,. First of all my RSS feed is pretty easy to spot on my blog, it's a big button with the letter RSS on it. Second, the comment has nothing to do with the blog post. If you receive a comment like this on your blog, DON'T RESPOND TO IT! It is an attempt to capture your email address which at the very least will end up on spammer's list. On a similar note, as I mentioned on Seedlings, posting your complete email address with the "@" symbol is an invitation to spammers.

There are a number of very good plug-ins that you can use to automatically filter comments. As good as some of those filters are the one fool-proof method of protecting yourself from spam is to moderate comments yourself.

Image credit: Thomas Hawk. Image link.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Spam Defense Measures

Thank you to everyone who has been reading, subscribing, and spreading the word about Free Tech 4 Teachers. Because of you this blog is now reaching an average of 225 readers each day. As the summer approaches I have some ideas about making this blog a better resource for teachers that I will try slowly implement throughout the summer months. (I realized in April that I simply didn't have enough time to be a good teacher and try to implement new features on the blog. Since teaching is my real job, I had to put implementing new blog features on hold until summer).

One change that I cannot wait any longer to implement deals with spam in the comments. Lately, this blog has seen a marked increase in spam (some that is definitely not safe for work) so I have to enable comment moderation. I hate to do this because I want to hear all feedback positive and negative and I'm proud to say that I've never removed a comment because of negative feedback. Lately though spam comments have increased and I've had to remove them. Thank you to everyone who has left comments. Please continue to leave comments, I will have them posted as soon as I possibly can.