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How Mainstream Media and Public Officials can Fuel Urban Legends
Some poorly rendered mainstream media articles - and even public officials who should know better - sometimes give undue credence to circulating hoaxes and urban legends.
Published: November 22, 2014
Spam Disguised as News
Spammers use many tactics to try to get people to read their messages and click their links.
Published: October 10, 2013
Keanu Reeves Gave Millions to Matrix Special Effects Team
According to messages currently circulating via social media, actor Keanu Reeves gave millions of dollars earned from the iconic Matrix films to the special effects team who made the movies so compelling.
Published: September 26, 2013
Dialling 999 Will NOT Recharge Your Phone Battery
According to an urban myth that has circulated in the UK for more than a year, dialling 999 on your mobile phone then immediately hanging up will instantly recharge your phone battery.
Published: September 18, 2013
Email Phishing Via Bogus Attached HTML Forms
Most browsers include a system that warns users if they are about to open a phishing website, but scammers are using HTML forms in email attachments to bypass such warnings.
Published: September 16, 2013
Backup Your Facebook Data
You can create an archive of your Facebook data and download it for safekeeping. Here's how.
Published: September 13, 2013
Beware Escaped Satire
Satire has its place. Good satire can hold up a mirror to our society and culture and perhaps get us thinking more deeply about important issues of the day. And it can be amusing as well.
Published: September 12, 2013
Beautiful Migaloo, the White Humpback Whale
Migaloo, the white humpback whale is quite famous in Australia.
Published: September 10, 2013
Believe Me - Online Scams DO Work!
Whenever I post an article describing an online scam attempt, at least a few readers will ask if anybody still actually falls for such scams. Well, yes they do. In their thousands. All around the world. Every day.
Published: September 6, 2013
Facebook Trialling Option to Pay to Directly Inbox Non-Friends
Plans by Facebook to provide an option for users to pay to send a message to non-friend inboxes, do NOT validate old "Facebook charging for access" hoaxes in any way.
Published: January 21, 2013
Facebook 'Site Governance' Email is Legitimate
A site governance email discussing proposed updates to Facebook Data Use Policy and Statement of Rights and Responsibilities and inviting users to visit the Facebook Site Governance Page is currently being sent to Facebook users.
Published: December 6, 2012
Protest Message Rails Against New Facebook Timeline
Message circulating rapidly on Facebook protests against the forced implementation of Facebook's new Timeline feature and asks users to repost as many times as possible in an effort to get Facebook to change its mind on the issue.
Published: February 1, 2012
Recent Facebook Porn Attack Highlights Dangers of Misleading 'Security' Warnings
For two or three frantic days in November, 2011, many Facebook News Feeds were hit by a wave of pornographic and violent images.This article is not about the spam attack itself but about how a series of inaccurate and misleading 'hacker' and 'virus' warnings, that circulated the network well before the attack, contributed greatly to the general confusion, and ultimately, just made matters worse.
Published: November 17, 2011
Facebook 'Hackers' Do Not Have Supernatural Abilities
Despite claims in various would-be security warnings, hackers cannot hijack Facebook accounts at will. 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.
Published: November 14, 2011
Double Dipping Advance Fee Scammers
Advance fee scammers use a seemingly never-ending variety of back stories as vehicles for finding new victims. And, in a related tactic, they often tend to target people that have been previously caught out in such scams.
Published: June 15, 2011
Thanks Mr Frog, I Owe You One!
Strange how seemingly insignificant incidents can have a profound effect on your life.
Published: June 14, 2011
Epsilon Security Breach Notifications
Reader enquiries indicate that many people have received notifications via email or other means from various companies that inform them that their data may have been compromised in a recent security attack on attack on giant marketing and email service company, Epsilon.
Published: April 11, 2011
Confusion Over Correct Name for the Medal of Honor
The Medal of Honor is often mistakenly called the 'Congressional Medal of Honor' when the official name is simply the 'Medal of Honor'.
Published: February 19, 2011
SOMA Virus Warning (Just a Joke)
Message warns users about the dreaded SOMA virus that may be infecting Facebook users.
Published: January 24, 2011
Joke - Thanks for all the Educational Emails
A humorous look at all those email warnings that continually circulate.
Published: December 23, 2010
n My Opinion, Most Scam Victims are Naive, Not Stupid
Labelling people as stupid or dumb because they have fallen for an Internet scam is unfair and unhelpful.
Published: December 23, 2010
Viral Video - Pacific Sun Cruise Storm Footage
Viral video depicts the effects of a storm on board a cruise ship. The footage shows the uncontrolled, back and forth sliding of passengers, crew and furniture.
Published: October 15, 2010
Twitter Security Flaw Now Resolved
Security flaw that caused havoc on social networking service Twitter has now been fixed.
Published: September 22, 2010
The Best Address in England (Adult Joke)
Does Linda Lykes own a pub called 'The Cock Inn' that is located near the town of Tillet , Hertfordshire?
Published: August 17, 2010
Airbus A380 Cockpit - 360 Degree Panoramic View
A message that is circulating rapidly vie email and social networking sites points recipients to a web page that features a panorama view of the cockpit of an Airbus A380.
Published: August 3, 2010
Hoaxes and Modern Technology
Does modern technology make it a lot easier for pranksters to perpetrate hoaxes?
Published: July 20, 2010
Scan From Xerox WorkCentre Pro Malware Emails
Trojan emails are being distributed that claim to have an attached document that was scanned and sent using a Xerox WorkCentre Pro.
Published: July 18, 2010
Behind the Phish - Following the Money
A brief look at what is likely to happen after a victim's account has been compromised in a phishing scam.
Published: July 17, 2010
Forward For Freebies Email Hoaxes
At some point, most Internet users have probably received a message that promises them a free product or service in exchange for forwarding the message to others.
Published: July 14, 2010
Pathetic 'Out of Office' Spam Attempts
Some desperate and pathetic spammers sign up for online newsletters just so they can set up auto replies advertising their useless products.
Published: July 13, 2010
Stamp Not Sticking Joke
An old joke about a new postage stamp that apparently fails to stick has been reworked to target President of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari.D
Published: July 11, 2010
Pharmacy Spam Disguised as Twitter Emails
A spate of spam emails disguised as Twitter notification messages have been hitting inboxes. The spam messages are tricked up to resemble genuine Twitter notification emails.
Published: July 9, 2010
Car Air Conditioning and The Story of the Goldberg Brothers
Did the four Goldberg brothers, Lowell, Norman, Hiram, and Max, invent the automobile air-conditioner?
Published: July 7, 2010
Classmates.com Class Action Settlement Notice Email
Emailed legal notice provides information about a proposed class action settlement in a lawsuit against the website, classmates.com.
Published: July 6, 2010
In a day and age when everyone with a computer and Internet access can get his or her opinions, ideas and thoughts published and potentially read by many, many people, perhaps we have a certain responsibility to try to avoid spreading nonsense and misinformation.
Published: July 5, 2010
Absurd Charity Hoaxes Continue
Many absurd hoaxes claim that a particular company or organization will donate a set amount of money per forwarded email to help a sick youngster in need.
Published: July 3, 2010
Airport Security Solution
A proposed solution to airport security issues. Have a booth that you can step into that will not x-ray you, but will detonate any explosive device you may have on your body.
Published: July 2, 2010
Bogus Facebook Offer Pages Abound
An increasing number of Facebook pages are springing up that are designed to push people to visit very suspect third-party websites. Often, these pages try to get visitors to sign up for absurdly expensive SMS services or other dubious online services.
Published: July 2, 2010
Phishing in the Big Pond
Like many other online entities, Australian based Internet Service Provider, BigPond has lately been targeted by phishing scammers.
Published: July 2, 2010