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How to avoid email blocking?

Help! My emails are getting blocked as spam. [more inside]
posted by jabo on May 22, 2012 - 7 answers

Why isn't my web host trusted?

Free web host advice needed [more inside]
posted by hworth on May 9, 2012 - 7 answers

Can you decode this Javascript spam?

Help me decode this obfuscated javascript spam document I accidentally ran in my browser [more inside]
posted by coffee and minarets on Apr 4, 2012 - 10 answers

How can something send mail without logging in?

How did my Yahoo mail get hacked to send spam without showing any login in recent history? [more inside]
posted by bottlebrushtree on Mar 21, 2012 - 7 answers

Harshad telephone numbers?

What do harshad numbers have to do with telephone numbers? [more inside]
posted by taltalim on Feb 27, 2012 - 2 answers

Death to the &^$%# Spam Links on IF!

Is there a way to keep repeat link spammers from a free and open art community project without requiring membership/passwords or the like? [more inside]
posted by Glinn on Feb 10, 2012 - 5 answers

"Unlike" really doesn't communicate my level of disdain

What is hijacking my facebook profile with unwanted "likes?" [more inside]
posted by The demon that lives in the air on Feb 8, 2012 - 9 answers

The case of the vanishing emails

Emails containing a certain domain name are going missing. How can we fix this now and prevent it in the future? [more inside]
posted by ssg on Jan 17, 2012 - 5 answers

bogus logins and passwords

Does anyone remember a list of logins and passwords, for a myriad of sites, published online for all the world to use? Its advertised purpose was to allow one to use a website without having to register for access... so you didn't have to go through all the steps, nor receive spam in your inbox later... I think it's been several years since I've even thought of this -- also, I feel it had some form of 'gator' or other reptile in its name.
posted by Tandem Affinity on Jan 9, 2012 - 9 answers

I want my emails to work

How do I pick a web hosting service that has an email server that is not blacklisted? [more inside]
posted by saeculorum on Jan 2, 2012 - 7 answers

Zero zero zero, zero zero zero zero! (Jenny)

Within the past few weeks, I've been receiving phone calls on my cell phone every day at 9am and 5pm like clockwork from the number (000) 000-0000. How do I make these bastards go away and leave me alone? [more inside]
posted by Geckwoistmeinauto on Dec 28, 2011 - 25 answers

I guess it's too much to hope for that there's a Poem Fairy.

I got weird spam (?) consisting of an 8th-century Chinese poem. What's up with that? [more inside]
posted by Perodicticus potto on Dec 22, 2011 - 7 answers

Why/How did Facebook spam me?

So... FacebookTM sent an email to my email address from someone who I don't know but lives in my general geographical area requesting my friendship. Problem: this email address is definitely not associated with a FacebookTM account. However, there are probably cookies from FB on this computer. Also, this potential "friend" appears to run some sort of digital media consultancy (blech). Question: how did Facebook scrape this email address exactly and why did I get this email? Did this guy pay Facebook to send a friend request to an email address they scraped or is it something more automatic? [more inside]
posted by ennui.bz on Dec 20, 2011 - 15 answers

Why am I writing myself?

Is this some type of spam? If so how would it work? [more inside]
posted by robotyoshimi on Nov 27, 2011 - 8 answers

Monster.com identity theft? Spam?

Yesterday, someone apparently signed me up for monster.com, beyond.com, and jobfox.com. I know this because I received welcome emails from all three of them to my primary mail address and under my name. As far as I know, my primary mail address has not been compromised. What is going on here?
posted by fake on Nov 18, 2011 - 36 answers

Gmail + Thunderbird = spamfree email?

Gmail + Thunderbird = spamfree email? I use gmail (via google apps) for my small company's email. While it is generally good, the inability to permanently block a sender (e.g. businesses who won't remove me from their spam list) is frustrating, especially when the senders keep appearing in the daily quarantine report. Could this be solved by using Thunderbird as an IMAP client (and “whitelisting” the senders in Postini so they don't appear in the quarantine report)? Is there an easier or more elegant solution? TIA.
posted by quidividi on Nov 17, 2011 - 12 answers

Cry for help, or weird spam?

What is the story behind the text "My brother raped me last night" that has been posted to hundreds of apparently random online forums recently? [more inside]
posted by msalt on Nov 16, 2011 - 10 answers

Please translate these text messages

Spanish/Portuguese SMS spam or should I be worried someone is laying in the gutter somewhere? [more inside]
posted by 7life on Nov 7, 2011 - 8 answers

Bogus web site registrations

I have a web site using Wordpress and a forum plug-in (Simple-Press) that's been around for awhile and has become fairly popular. All of a sudden I've begun getting at least 3 to 6 bogus user registrations each day that are coming from IP addresses in Russia and eastern Europe. I don't really know why or how concerned I should be. They don't need to register to post comments on my blog and Akismet is almost 100% effective at getting rid of comment spam. They're also either not trying to post spam on my forum or they can't get past the Captcha/challenge it uses. [more inside]
posted by 14580 on Nov 4, 2011 - 4 answers

I somehow doubt that I've won a thousand .dollar.Visa.Giftcard!

Recently spam mail from (what appears to be) the same source keeps getting through my Gmail account. I've never had a problem with this in the past, and the current crop all seems to be roughly formatted in the same way. I've been marking everything I notice as it comes through, but is there anything else I can do? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Nov 3, 2011 - 8 answers

Need help with managing a memorial page on a Wordpress site.

I run a Worpress site, hosted by Dreamhost. We are about to make a memorial announcement. This will drive a lot of traffic to the site, including hundreds of comments and potentially thousands of hits. I am the only one who runs the site and I need to be prepared. What do I need to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 24, 2011 - 7 answers

What is this bizarre email about?

I got an email today straight from the X-files. What does it mean? [more inside]
posted by Ian Scuffling on Oct 22, 2011 - 4 answers

How was Gmail hacked?

How is my child's Gmail account being used to send spam to his contacts? There has, according to Gmail's Activity Information, been no access from any IP address not known to me. [more inside]
posted by MarkWBennett on Sep 12, 2011 - 22 answers

I'm following who now? (No, not Newt Gingrich)

This Newt Gingrich Mefi post about paid Twitter followers had me looking at my own Twitter stream more closely. Now I'm concerned. I don't auto-follow, but I'm following Twitterers I don't remember choosing to follow at all! Help me get to the bottom of this, please. [more inside]
posted by misha on Aug 2, 2011 - 5 answers

There's spam in Google's cache of my site

I have spam showing up in my website header and cached copy on Google's search results. [more inside]
posted by Addlepated on Jul 8, 2011 - 11 answers

Blocking Me, Blocking You

Are there any shared blocklists for the Google Personal Blocklist extension? [more inside]
posted by Yakuman on Jul 4, 2011 - 1 answer

Dealing with spam from privacy-protected domains.

How do I deal with an spam-ey domain name that is hidden with privacy protection? [more inside]
posted by gameshints on Jun 10, 2011 - 7 answers

Which physical address to use for a email marketing list?

I'd like to setup an email marketing list for a small magazine I run. For this, I legally need a physical address. I'd rather not use my home address. What should I use? [more inside]
posted by bode well carapace on Jun 2, 2011 - 9 answers

Facebook profile ripping?

A third-party website has created a "profile" for me on their own site, using my main Facebeook picture, which turns up on the first page of Google hits for my full name. It seems to be some kind of cheesy dating site and I really don't want it up there. I've never used the site, or interacted with it in any way (I don't use any FB apps at all, and am savvy enough not to click on spammy links). Do I have any recourse for getting this taken down?
posted by decoherence on May 27, 2011 - 14 answers

Let them eat Spam.

My firm is about to send out a huge load of spam, thinking that they are "email marketing." I don't know how to stop it, or how hard I should try before I give up and sit back. [more inside]
posted by thebazilist on May 17, 2011 - 32 answers

Is The Onion hacked or is it me?

What is "Yaza Kilolardan Kurtularak Girmek İstermisin?" Has The Onion's Facebook sharing section been hacked, or is it my computer? [more inside]
posted by Jorus on Apr 20, 2011 - 2 answers

Is my friend's Hotmail account hacked or not?

I got a spam email from my friend who has a hotmail account. It looks like the spam has been sent to everyone in his hotmail distribution list. My question is, how did the hackers do this? Did they need his password in order to get access to his distribution list? As far as I know he is still able to use his account which puzzles me. Wouldn't a hacker (if he had the password) quickly change the password so that they could keep sending spam out on that account?
posted by storybored on Apr 14, 2011 - 9 answers

Stop Obama

I have repeatedly unsubscribed from the Obama campaign/OFA text message list, and yet the texts keep coming. How can I actually get them to stop?
posted by furiousxgeorge on Mar 23, 2011 - 7 answers

How to warn people about internet scams without calling them idiots?

Can someone point me to a simple non-insulting guide to why that kind Nigerian prince is not really going to give you $10,000 for your help with his new oil venture? I need something to hand out at work without calling people idiots.
posted by viggorlijah on Mar 21, 2011 - 17 answers

Any SMTP email providers which allow for a low volume of legitimate 'spoofed' email?

Are there any low-volume SMTP email relay services which allow the sending of 'spoofed' emails for valid site purposes (like a 'forward to a friend' feature)? [more inside]
posted by cowbellemoo on Mar 11, 2011 - 6 answers

Who is Hipolito M. Wiseman?

Who is Hipolito M. Wiseman, and why is he leaving all those spam comments? [more inside]
posted by Horace Rumpole on Feb 3, 2011 - 3 answers

WTF is http://paper.li good for?

WTF is paper.li good for? [more inside]
posted by omnidrew on Jan 28, 2011 - 7 answers

#unclearontheconcept

Twitter follow-bots: I don't get it. [more inside]
posted by ctmf on Jan 19, 2011 - 10 answers

What, no bank detail requests?

I had some unusual Spam activity this afternoon - anything to worry about? [more inside]
posted by Nice Guy Mike on Jan 17, 2011 - 2 answers

Cell phone scam?

Why am I getting spammed by weird British text messages? I am not British! [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom on Jan 15, 2011 - 11 answers

Is it OK to opt out of family spam?

Is a simple opt-out request generally unreasonable and/or inherently offensive, when the unsolicited Facebook message was sent by a family member? [more inside]
posted by christopherious on Jan 9, 2011 - 23 answers

does my computer need a morning-after pill?

Spam filter: Accidentally clicked a shortened link posted to my Facebook wall. Was taken to a .gif that didn't actually show up in my browser. Using Firefox and OSX. How do I know if my computer is ok? [more inside]
posted by the_blizz on Jan 3, 2011 - 4 answers

What is the quickest way to filter advertisements in Gmail?

What is the quickest way to filter advertisements in Gmail? [more inside]
posted by suburbanrobot on Dec 31, 2010 - 8 answers

Am I hosting a HSBC phishing scam?

Google tells me that my domain is hosting a phishing scam. However, the URL they showed me includes directories that are not on my server. How do I fix this? [more inside]
posted by EL-O-ESS on Dec 19, 2010 - 24 answers

BDSM in Battery Park?

CraigslistCasualEncountersw4mNYCfilter: what's with Battery Park? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 6, 2010 - 7 answers

Help keep the Czech escorts off my site!

Spam links keep appearing in my wordpress-powered website's footer! [more inside]
posted by ferdinandcc on Dec 3, 2010 - 17 answers

Spam Filter

I receive a couple of non-Gmail-filtered spam emails a day, from a friend's compromised machine/account. I can easily deal with them / filter them / discard them. Besides hitting "Report Spam" I'm just wondering if there is a better place to report these consistent messages. I've been getting them for 6 months or so, doesn't seem the Big G's learning algorithm is ever gonna catch on...
posted by Exchequer on Nov 30, 2010 - 9 answers

Help me figure out how my site got hacked - and what to do...

My website got hacked the other night; a piece of code was inserted that generated spam. I'm technical enough to have found the offending code, and I simply removed it, but I'm baffled as to how the code got inserted in the first place…. (more inside) [more inside]
posted by soulbarn on Nov 30, 2010 - 18 answers

Wife's email was haxxored, please halp

Does my wife need to abandon her email address? [more inside]
posted by r_nebblesworthII on Nov 23, 2010 - 14 answers

I have an internet-STD. Help me find the cure.

I have picked up a virus of some sort that is redirecting me to other websites in Chrome. How do I get rid of this thing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 13, 2010 - 6 answers

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