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Attention: Important Notice , DOMAIN SERVICE NOTICE

If you have ever bought a domain name, you’ve probably received an email with that same (or very similar) text in the subject line. Rest assured, it is spam. One thing is for certain: almost every email you get regarding your domain name, you can ignore. Unless the email is from the company which you bought the name, it is spam, scam or phish. And even then, don’t click any links. The scammers may make the email look like it is from your registrar.

Most of these type of emails will say you have a limited time to confirm, protect, or -fill in blank- your domain name. The email is designed to play on your impulse to solve the problem quickly and click.

If they are not scamming you then they are trying to sell you something that you don’t need. Look at this email below: click it to enlarge

You will notice the spammers in this one I received made no attempt to hide the fact that they are from some web company (see return email address and link url). They also use strong threatening language like “failure to do so will result in bla bla bla..” or “Do not discard this message..”. This one in particular is designed for the newer domain name purchaser who is essentially a novice in this area. 

Getting Spammed from Your Contact Form Recently?

Are you starting to get spammed through your website contact form again? You are not alone. Literally millions of people have been receiving heavy doses of spam this week. The problem is that Contact Form 7, a form used by millions of people within their WordPress installations, has stopped working with Google ReCaptcha V2. When you log in, you get an alert to change your site keys to reCaptcha V3, a version that is supposed to work in the background. The problem is, spam is still getting through.

I have searched the web and have found many complaints but no answers from WordPress. I suppose the best thing to do to save time/money at this juncture is to wait and see of they sort this out and tighten up the security. Continue reading

Google Now Has SEO Spam Alerts

Spam filter word cloudThose website owners that use Google Analytics for their websites now have the option of using a tool that lets them know whether or not their content has spam in it. This is one of the biggest tools out there and one that is going to help website owners with the content that they provide to their audiences. When a keyword is played out too much and it is found in awkward areas throughout the content, it can cause the content to read much like spam would on a poor website. This is what the new tool is going to let the owner know.

What to Do if Your Website Content Reads as Spammy?

This might seem like a silly question, or even a tool that you do not think is going to be useful. However, with the proper SEO tactics and content, not only can your website rank much higher, but it will read much better overall. Changing the content to conform to Google’s new SEO policies can help your readers gain insightful information from your website, while also helping you rank higher in Google’s eyes. Continue reading

Beware of Tricky Web Solicitations

Concept of sending e-mailsAs anyone with an email account has probably experienced, there are lots of spammy and scammy emails being sent out there. Some are very obvious spam and have ED pill ads in them or are asking that you send money to Nigeria. But for the new business or new website owner, the spam scam emails change tenor. You may receive a very personal looking email that says they have been trying to contact you or even that they work for Google. They will then say they have a service that your company needs or it will be lost in search engines forever.

The truth is that these emails are just as useless and as spamy as the type I first mentioned. Since you registered a domain name, your contact info becomes available on public registries. The spammers use a robot to crawl public records and to help figure out what kind of spam they are going to send you. Continue reading

Facebook ‘Hackers’ Do Not Have Supernatural Abilities

Just about every week, it seems, a new, breathless ALL CAPS virus or hacker
“warning” begins rocketing around Facebook. Generally, these messages are just so vague, misleading and inaccurate that they are virtually worthless as
security warnings and should not be reposted.

 

A core recurring claim in many of these bogus warnings is that hackers can somehow magically hijack Facebook accounts and repost messages without the account holder having taken any action to allow this. The warnings generally claim that, if one of the “hacker” messages appears on your Wall, the clever hacker can then spread it to all of your Facebook friends without you interacting with the message in any way. The suggestion is that, somehow, hackers can gain access to people’s accounts at will and post whatever they like, whenever they like.

 

However, these claims are simply nonsense. Hackers do not possess
supernatural powers that allow them to take over Facebook accounts at will.
Regardless of how clever a hacker might be, he cannot randomly access Facebook accounts whenever he likes. To allow such activities to take place, users must have first taken some overt action such as installing a rogue app, opening an attachment or website that harbours malware, or providing personal information via a phishing scam.

 

Of course, some rogue Facebook apps, if given the necessary permissions by a user during the installation process, may automatically post spam, scam or malware messages on the user’s wall. And, if the user inadvertently divulges Facebook login details via a phishing scam, then Internet criminals could subsequently access the compromised account and post any messages that they wanted to. But, to reiterate, the user must take some action – clicking a link, installing an app, divulging login information – before his or her account can be hijacked or misused.

 

Keep in mind that, if hackers could hijack accounts as easily as suggested in these silly warnings, then Facebook would have long since been overwhelmed with such hacker activity and would, by now, be virtually unusable.

 

When ever I discuss one of these bogus warnings, a number of people dispute my findings. Typically, they claim that I am wrong to state that the messages cannot spread in the ways described in the “warnings” because it happened to them or their friends and they “never clicked anything”. This article is likely to invoke more such comments. But here’s the thing, folks. Perhaps you did not associate the link you clicked or the app you installed with the subsequent nefarious Facebook activities. But, one way or another, you DID take some overt action that allowed the scam or spam messages to be sent to your friends in your name. If you receive one of the messages or it appears on your Wall, then one of your friends has inadvertently allowed this action to take place. Just because they may deny this, it does not mean that it isn’t so. They may well have taken said action without realizing the consequences.

by http://www.hoax-slayer.com