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  • 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

  • Blog Responsibly!
    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


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