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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As we've noted many times, Amazon is cluttered with fake reviews, and it takes work to sift through them. BuzzFeed dives deep into the economy of these fake reviews, which includes a subreddit tragically named /r/slavelabour. (The name is kind of a joke, but a very sad and true one.) The whole piece is just as depressing, as it basically spells out how utterly doomed Amazon reviews are.
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.
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.
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.
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?
This is a very perverse kind of compliment: Australian online retailer Kogan is evidently now well-known enough for cyber-criminals to use it as bait in phishing emails.
Most of us know spam when we see it, but seeing a strange email from a friend -- or worse, from ourselves -- in our inbox is pretty disconcerting. If you've seen an email that looks like it's from a friend, it doesn't mean they have been hacked. Spammers spoof those addresses all the time, and it's not hard to do. Here's how they do it and how you can protect yourself.