Robocalls and Scams are Killing Phone Calls

· Andrew Orr · Link

Sarah Hagi writes how the phone call is dying thanks to the rise of robocalling. Now, many people don’t answer unknown callers and instead send them to voicemail.

Speaking to so many people, it struck me how resigned everyone was to this fact: that this is seemingly just the way things are now, with no hope of it getting better, only worse. And while many believe millennials killed talking on the phone because we fear real connection, maybe it’s because we are too scared of getting scammed.

It’s appropriate to come across this article today because I’ve gotten an increase in robocalls in the past couple of days. Aside from using a robocall-blocking app, I go to Settings > Phone > Silence Unknown Callers.

An Inside Look Into a Recent Spam Operation

· Andrew Orr · News

Millions of people were affected for 10 days in March by a spam email operation. But the spammer didn’t set a password for their server (via TechCrunch). [Apple Support Scam is a new Voice Phishing Trick] Email Spam It’s a fascinating story. Security researcher Bob Diachenko found the server after the operation. The spammer had…

FTC Shuts Down Four Robocall Groups

· Andrew Orr · Link

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has shut down four robocall groups responsible for billions of robocalls.

Four separate operations responsible for bombarding consumers nationwide with billions of unwanted and illegal robocalls pitching auto warranties, debt-relief services, home security systems, fake charities, and Google search results services have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they violated the FTC Act and the agency’s Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR), including its Do Not Call (DNC) provisions.

I feel like this will be a hydra situation. Four get shut down and eight new ones take their place.

In 2018 Americans Got 26.3B Robo Calls

· Andrew Orr · News

Hiya, a spam-blocking app analyzed 450,000 of its users to figure out how big of a problem robo calls are.

The Spam Eradication Conundrum – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 732

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

The Spam Eradication Conundrum – Mac Geek Gab Podcast 732

Do you get spam calls on your iPhone? Would you like to know how to stop that? How about power drain on your Mac and your iPhone? Plus, do you care whether you’re using the actual SIM or eSIM on your new iPhone? Press play, listen, and learn together!

Oh...Snap! – Mac Geek Gab 663

· John F. Braun & Dave Hamilton · Mac Geek Gab Podcast

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Proper use of a catchall address, external MacBook and MacBook Pro batteries, granular controls on the volume slider, GPS in Airplane mode, and making an old trackball with with Sierra are just the way this show begins. Listen in for much, much more… and feel free to send your questions in, too!

Spam Call Blockers, USB-C iPhone - TMO Daily Observations 2016-12-22

· Jeff Gamet · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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AT&T is getting in on spam call blocking, so Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to look at how their system works and talk about other spam call blockers, too. They also discuss why replacing the Lightning connector on the iPhone with USB-C might not be a bad thing.

Apple's Ongoing AirPods Delay, Calendar's Spam Fix - TMO Daily Observations 2016-12-12

· Jeff Gamet · The Mac Observer's Daily Observations Podcast

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Apple said it would ship its AirPods wireless earbuds in October, but that came and went and we still don’t know when they’ll hit store shelves. Bryan Chaffin and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at what’s keeping Apple from shipping AirPods, and what needs to happen if they ship in time for Christmas. They also dive into Apple’s first attempt to address spam invitations in the Calendar app.

Apple Brings Calendar Spam Invitation Filtering to iCloud

· Jeff Gamet · News

Apple adds spam event invitation reporting to Calendar on iCloud

The ongoing problem of spam invitations in Apple’s Calendar app finally has a fix, at least on iCloud. Users can now report invitations as junk with the click of a button, but they need to log into Apple’s iCloud web interface, which limits the fix to desktop and laptop users for now.

Apple Says It's Working to Fight iCloud Calendar Spam

· Jim Tanous · News

The iCloud Calendar spam problem is getting worse, and users are helpless to stop it. Thankfully, Apple has confirmed that it’s working on a solution, but we don’t yet know how much of this questionable canned meat we’ll need to swallow before the company gets this right.

Apple, Google, FCC Team up to Stop Spam Robocalls

· Jeff Gamet · News

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The Federal Communications Commission is ready to crack down on robocalls, and Apple, Google, and AT&T are on board with the plan. The FCC’s new Robocall Strike Force aims to reduce the number of spam robocalls and unsolicited calls, and it looks like at least 30 companies are ready to join in and help.