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Despite being on the Do Not Call list, I've somehow managed to make it onto some sort of robocall list where a woman named "Ann" is trying to sell me insurance. Ann calls me at least a dozen times a day from numbers around the country (what a traveller!) to let me know about all the deals she has available. Whenever I stick around long enough to talk to a rep so I can ask them to stop calling me again, they immediately hang up on me. It's great.

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Nobody likes having an inbox full of crap, and most services nowadays are good at filtering out obvious messages you shouldn't have to deal with, like those trying to extort you for money by teasing an even larger payout or those promising to increase the size of your chest and/or package.

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Does Facebook feel a little spammy to you these days? It always seems like my feed is full of posts from pages I don't follow, photos of friends I haven't talked to in years and most of all ads -- ads upon ads upon ads. To figure out if this was true or all in my head, I documented some of my News Feed to determine what type of posts Facebook's mysterious algorithm had decided were relevant to me, and figure out how spammy it really was.

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The last time I checked my spam folder, I noticed a few messages included an unsubscribe link. Well that's nice, I thought. Maybe spammers realise that some people will never respond, so they want to trim their lists for efficiency. I clicked "unsubscribe". That was a mistake.

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Somewhere along the way your mobile phone went from being a way for your friends and family to reach you, to becoming a portal through which marketers and spammers can bombard you with calls you're not interested in. It's sort of like the landline, only much, much more irritating. Here's what you can do to reclaim your device.

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Twitter just added a new feature that lets you add a seemingly infinite number of people to a conversation without affecting the 140 character limit. You can, essentially, @ everyone at once. It's fine when it's just a few people tweeting back and forth, but more annoying tweeters can take advantage of the feature and blow up your notifications.

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Dear Lifehacker, I have just tried to unsubscribe from a marketing email from a business who I'd previously bought some items from in-store. However, when I clicked the unsubscribe link it automatically subscribed me to another email marketing service. Since then I have been receiving at least one spam email every 20 minutes from the new list. Is there any recourse against this business for providing a dodgy unsubscribe link?

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Adding support for non-Latin character sets makes Gmail a more useful service, but it also creates a new means for spammers to try and invade your inbox by using homoglyphs -- characters that might be mistaken for standard letters.

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Chrome: Gmail does an excellent job of blocking spam, but sometimes you want to go the extra mile and prevent some mail from ever reaching your account. BlockSender is a Chrome Extension for Gmail that can trick the sender into thinking your email address is incorrect.