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how to stop spammers from hijacking your backlinks

I was reviewing my link profile and found out that I had links from shady websites I have never requested links from. they apparently link from a page but when you click on it, you get redirected to a porn site. my question is how can they achieve that? second how do you stop it or prevent it from happening. here are some of the examples: [more inside]
posted by souleye on Sep 15, 2013 - 7 answers

Outlook Contacts Compromised?

I've started getting emails "from" people in my contacts list. The email is from their name, but with an email address that is not theirs and is different each time. I have an address with a local internet provider, not gmail or yahoo. Do I have a virus my antivirus hasn't caught? How can I fix it?
posted by summerstorm on Jun 19, 2013 - 4 answers

How do you cook SPAM? I need ideas.

Unfortunately for those who have to hear me wax poetic about SPAM all of the time, this little tin of potted meat has been my obsession for the past week or so. I have tried a few things, and plan to try another, but I have two tins of SPAM, and only one recipe left. [more inside]
posted by oceanjesse on Jun 11, 2013 - 31 answers

Phish Spam (bleurgh)

Twice this week, I've fallen for spam emails. Have I compromised my security? Will I die? [more inside]
posted by popcassady on Jun 7, 2013 - 5 answers

Gmail hacked - lots of spam sent - nothing in sent items

My Gmail account was very definitely hacked on Sunday. A whole lot of email was sent, seemingly to everyone I've ever corresponded with from that account. There was clearly a login from Poland which corresponds exactly with when the emails began to be sent. The session seemed to last about 7 minutes. I then received about 150 "mailer daemon" emails due to the bounces from either old addresses, addresses which don't receive unsolicited email and mail servers which correctly identified the content as spam. [more inside]
posted by dance on Jun 3, 2013 - 12 answers

Fear of Twitter Replies

The powers that be where I work are reluctant to use Twitter because they think anything they tweet will get spammed. Help me convince them they're off the rails on this! [more inside]
posted by dukes909 on May 31, 2013 - 31 answers

email problem or not

I get a TON of bounced email, have I been hacked or is this something else? [more inside]
posted by raildr on Apr 21, 2013 - 6 answers

How to stop spammers when they have your info

A few weeks ago I got some phone calls and emails about a quote I submitted online for moving to some small town in central California. The only problem is I never filled out that form. Since they had my yahoo email, I figured they might have hacked my yahoo account somehow and got my phone number from there. I changed my password and removed my phone number from the account but it was too late. Today I got emails and phone calls about auto insurance quotes. The emails I can ignore and once I answer the phone and explain the situation, the agents remove me from their list but I don't know if I want to put up with this every few weeks. Has this ever happened to anyone else? and do I have any other recourse than changing my phone number?
posted by amapolaroja on Apr 16, 2013 - 8 answers

How To Prevent Spam on Wordpress Blog

I have a wordpress blog. Comment sections is being filled daily with spam comments. Is there any way I can block these?
posted by goalyeehah on Apr 4, 2013 - 9 answers

Looking to eliminate targeted ads

Targeted ads based on web history are creeping me the hell out. How can I make it stop? [more inside]
posted by pdq on Mar 30, 2013 - 14 answers

Gawker Comment Spam

What is up with the spam in the Gawker comments? Why have they not been able to filter them out yet? [more inside]
posted by Keith Talent on Mar 16, 2013 - 6 answers

Reaching out to HR people after applying online — best practices?

Two months ago, I applied online for a position at a US-based software developer and have not heard back from them beyond an automatic receipt confirmation. The job, along with related vacancies, is still published on their site. Would it be acceptable to contact the company's HR manager via e-mail or LinkedIn to express my continued interest in the position? Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by doctorpiorno on Mar 5, 2013 - 9 answers

My Gmail acct. hijacked to send spam

Twice recently my Gmail acct. has been hijacked by someone who is sending spam emails to some, but not contacts --seems to be only recently emailed (by me) people. The spam is an ad, as seen on Fox News for Raspberry drops weight loss aid. How do the spammers access my Gmail account? Could it be through my brand new Android cell phone? I am unaware of any other problems on my (Macbook) home computer. I have a secure WiFi router at home. No evidence malware or virus. I've changed my Gmail password, FWIW. Any suggestions on how/where to find a way from this happening again?
posted by NorthCoastCafe on Jan 15, 2013 - 5 answers

WordPress spam

How do WordPress spammers work? [more inside]
posted by TheRaven on Dec 20, 2012 - 8 answers

Is there a way to export a log of addresses that OSX Mail marks as Junk?

Is there a way to export a log of addresses that OSX Mail marks as Junk? [more inside]
posted by mule on Dec 2, 2012 - 0 answers

Who was hacked?

My dad got a spam email with my (unusual) full name listed as the sender, but from a random email address with no association to my name. Was his contact list compromised or was mine? [more inside]
posted by amarynth on Nov 23, 2012 - 7 answers

Spammy RSVPs?

Using a Google Form for wedding RSVPs - are we going to get spammy submissions? [more inside]
posted by Tehhund on Nov 9, 2012 - 11 answers

Could selling links harm my blog's ranking?

I'm being offered a sizeable chunk of money to add a link to an article on my blog - what potential downside does it have on the way Google sees my site? [more inside]
posted by jontyjago on Nov 8, 2012 - 5 answers

Please help me rid my hotmail account of spam.

Any suggestions for helping me get rid of annoying spam emails that show up constantly in my hotmail account? [more inside]
posted by fatedblue on Oct 29, 2012 - 8 answers

What's with the red motorcyle?

What's the story with the red motorcycle/porn spam on public Facebook pages? [more inside]
posted by slightlybewildered on Oct 10, 2012 - 8 answers

How can I stop spam from my Google Apps account?

What can I do about spam ostensibly being sent from my Google Apps-hosted domain? [more inside]
posted by puffmoike on Sep 18, 2012 - 8 answers

Better-security alternatives to Spam Arrest

What's a better-security alternative to Spam Arrest for challenge-response email? I received a password reminder email from Spam Arrest today. It included my full password in cleartext, and when I went to change my password to a long semi-random string of hashed characters I discovered that they silently truncate entries to 20 characters, which would have locked me out if they didn't keep everything in the clear to remind me. Frightening. Is there anyone out there who offer C/R email and knows how to store passwords?
posted by migurski on Sep 8, 2012 - 3 answers

hiding from spammers

Does obscuring email address and telelphone numbers using hexadecimal notation or other techniques in the source code still inhibit spambots? And does blocking IP addresses that the spambots use have any effect? [more inside]
posted by crunchland on Aug 27, 2012 - 6 answers

spam sausage spam spam bacon spam tomato and spam

Getting spam through the contact form on my site - a lot of it seems to be text from posts on a public forum - what's the point of that? [more inside]
posted by dawkins_7 on Aug 21, 2012 - 7 answers

Spam Attack! Help!

Help! 10,000 new messages, all junk! What's going on? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Aug 11, 2012 - 11 answers

Why doesn't my computer like iGoogle?

Is this some sort of igoogle virus? Automatically redirects me to spammy sites... [more inside]
posted by lovelygirl on Jul 13, 2012 - 11 answers

godspam

At regular intervals, I get "press releases" from god@llah.us. Full text of one such email below the fold. Is this a joke, spam, art, a trojan or ?? [more inside]
posted by Omnomnom on Jul 12, 2012 - 14 answers

Am I a bot?

Am I spamming the universe right now? [more inside]
posted by latkes on Jun 20, 2012 - 11 answers

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

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