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SpamSieve 2.9.3 released with Mountain Lion, Retina display support

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, PC / Laptop, Software

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SpamSieve has been updated to version 2.9.3. You are using version 2.9.2. Would you like to download the new version? It includes the following changes:

  • Added support for the forthcoming Mac OS X 10.7.5.
  • Fixed a bug that could prevent SpamSieve from auto-launching on the forthcoming OS X 10.8.
  • SpamSieve is now able to recover from certain unexpected system errors on OS X 10.8.
  • Fixed a layout bug in the German-localized Statistics window.
  • Improved the Automatically Deleting Old Spam Messages instructions.
  • SpamSieve now tells the system that it can use the integrated GPU, which should reduce battery use on newer MacBook Pros.
  • SpamSieve’s disk image background is now displayed at Retina quality on eligible Macs running Mac OS X 10.7 or 10.8. (On Mac OS X 10.6, due to an OS bug, it will incorrectly display at double size.)
  • Fixed a regression where SpamSieve’s disk image icon didn’t display properly.

SpamSieve is our favorite spam control solution, as it's proven to be an invaluable tool for us over the years. Highly recommended.

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Google Chrome extension blocks content farms from search results

Posted by Patrick Lambert Categories: Google, Internet, Software

Google announced a new extension for their Chrome browser, which allows users to block specific sites from search results. As an example, they show that when looking for a specific query, some content farms may have top spots in the engine, but you may not want to see these results. With the extension, you'll be able to block those results, never seeing that site appear in search results anymore. This extension only works on Chrome right now, and is being called an early test.

Read More | Google Blog

McAfee Study Shows Spam Wastes Energy

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Corporate News, Internet

Carbon FootprintMcAfee commissioned spam expert Richi Jennings to study its environmental impact. The results were that the energy used in transmitting and deleting is equal to the electricity used in 2.4 million homes. Furthermore, the GHG emissions were equivalent to 3.1 million automobiles. Last year, McColo was taken offline and the spam volume dropped 70%, with the energy savings equal to taking 2.2 million cars off the road that day. Sign up at McAfee if you would like to download the entire report, although we suggest you don’t print it to save a tree.

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Mahalo Offers Human-Powered Search

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Internet, Videos

If you are tired of Googling and coming up with stuff that is meta word infested or meant only to make a buck, consider Mahalo beta. Originally launched last year, it’s creator, Jason Calacanis, believes that the “curated web” is the answer. The human-powered search engine claims that it creates organized, spam free searches. Sign up with them, enter your searches and get paid for your efforts (according to relevance and difficulty.) And if you are really into the Mahalo phenomenon, check out their new VlogIdol search for Mahalo Daily which began yesterday or join their Mahalo Social Network.

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Spam Some Time

Spam Travel Alarm ClockOne truly can never have enough Spam. Its makers seems to know this and consistently provide its high quality foodstuff and enough product placement to make us positively ecstatic. This time it is the Spam Compact Travel Alarm Clock. Operating on a single watch battery (included,) the blue clock stands 2-inches tall and displays “Spam American Classic Est.1937,” should anyone forget. Pop up the time display with a simple push of a button. Available online for only $5.00 each, buy several and Spamalot.

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Protect Your Bluetooth Device from Hackers

Bluetooth logo A study by InsightExpress uncovered that 73% of mobile device owners are in the dark about protecting their device and data from Bluetooth hackers. If you fall into this bracket, listen up. There are three ways your gadget can be hacked: with Bluejacking, you’ll start receiving unwanted spam text messages, which can send your monthly bill (and mental state) skyward. The next level is Bluesnarfing, in which a hacker gains access to your data – and copies it for themselves. Most disturbing is Bluebugging, where a hacker can completely control your phone and make calls, obtain data, send texts and even eavesdrop on your calls. Prevention methods are amazingly simple, according to Ooi Szu-Khiam, a Symantec senior security consultant:

1) Turn off any Bluetooth features you’re not using.
2) Try to keep your device’s Bluetooth ID visibility setting at “hidden” so hackers can’t scan and find it.
3) Use passwords with a lot of digits, say 10. The more digits, the longer it takes to crack, if at all.

Read More | ZD Net

Firefox Plugin Spotlight: Mahalo Follow

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Internet, Software

Mahalo FollowWe all know the feeling - you submit a search to a service like , and the result you get back are mostly horrible. A lot of it can be considered spam, and it is just impossible to sift through the 3,480,000 results that have just been returned. This is where the new search service comes in. They have a large team whose main goal is to put together quality search results by organizing the best links for common search terms. So you get all the good stuff, and none of the spam or other atrocities that have become the status quo. So, the tricky part - people are so used to Google and Yahoo!, so how do you get them to switch over to your service? This is where the new Mahalo Follow plug-in comes in. After installing it, you continue doing your searches in your normal search engine. However, when Mahalo has a result for the search, their results are displayed in a pane alongside them. This allows you to compare the quality of their results with those of your traditional search engine.

We’ve been using Mahalo Follow for a couple of days now, and while we weren’t sure we’d like it at first, it’s grown on us. If you are using Firefox, we suggest you give Mahalo Follow a try. If you do, hit us back in the comments and let us know what you think.

Read More | Download Mahalo Follow

Spam Lists Circulate in E-Mail

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Editorial, Internet, Misc. Tech

SpamHave you ever wondered how you get on spam lists? Aside from the obvious way of signing up for sites and having them spread around your name and e-addy, we received this scam

offer in our e-mail for a list of almost 800,000 licensed MDs in the U.S. from Denmark. It features over 17,000 e-mail addresses as well as primary and secondary specialties fields, first and last name, title, address (city, state, zip, and county), medical school attended, location of residency training, phone, fax, website, graduation year, and hospital or group association. The price for this supposed prize is $397.00 and comes with a bonus list of hospitals, dentists, and other health related industries tossed into the deal. How’s that for feeling a Big Brother pinch?


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