Published: Monday | December 23, 2013 Comments 0

Written and compiled by: Kareem LaTouche and Stephanie Lyew

Tech problem of the week

How to recognise and remove spam emails

Why you need to know:

Spam emails and spam messages are common occurring internet features that are created by companies seeking new clients, scammers (of all types) and could just be email from a company you signed up with for insurance, emails on clothing, technology, retail deals, etc. These emails can be annoying, introduce harmful vectors to our devices or cost us our entire life's savings.

What you will need

Internet connection

Computer/Mobile device with data

How to get it done

First, be careful of pop-up ads or windows that are common on websites that allow downloads, during streaming a movie, or on social networks. It is important for an Internet user that professional email addresses (used for business transactions, online banking, etc) are separated from those used for fun/social purposes. Once spam hosts recognise contact information, email addresses are selected and automatically the messages are sent to the user's inbox.

Check security options of the email server you use to ensure that filters are on or the appropriate security settings are selected. This should protect you and your device, for the most part. If any spam or suspicious mail is received, most servers provide the option to block, report spam, report phishing (the illegal acquisition of personal information such as passwords and credit card information through electronic communication), or set up filters. These emails usually appear in the form of an unknown sender telling the receiver his or her location and requesting assistance with an issue or partnership in a business endeavour.

Another form of spam appears in the form of advertisements. Those that flash across the screen constantly, with limited time offers and in many cases may relate to you. Often times, browser history can unknowingly contribute information to spam hosts. Clear browser history and always exit pop-ups and block if possible.

Avoid future spam and suspicious mail coming to your inbox by clearing the spam folder, setting up secure email account and social networking pages. It is true, you may want to be visible to all users so that persons can search and find you but if you are doing so, discontinue posting personal/business email addresses and/or make this information private. If you realise you are receiving more and more spam, change your passwords and ensure the filters are turned on.

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Apps this Week for Android, Apple and Bb

Bloglovin' for Android

The Bloglovin' application came at a time when needed; Google Reader users could import all their blogs and folders when the application was discontinued. Now, Bloglovin' can be used to find, add and discover new blogs or newsfeeds to follow. The best feature of this Android app is being able to add more than one blog site or page to favourites and view latest posts in one organised feed.

Blogger for Apple (iPhone)

Blogger for iOS is free for bloggers, in particular, individuals that use the Google weblog publishing tool so that the Blogger pages can be updated on the go. The application allows Blogger users to compose blog posts for immediate upload or to save as a draft, view lists of the saved and published posts and upload images as well to one or more Blogger account. It requires iOS 5.0 or later and is optimised for iPhone 5.

WordPress for BlackBerry

If you use WordPress to blog or are interested in blogging, WordPress has given BlackBerry users an on-the-go blogging application that allows individuals to moderate blog posts, comments, update blogs and pages (using images and videos as well) and view page statistics. Users will also receive notifications on the mobile phone to keep current with posts.

Tech question of the week:

When was the last time you replaced your mobile phone, and what was the reason for the upgrade/change?

Kemon Commock

I had my (old) Nokia 2730 replaced about one month ago. Apart from being ancient and not capable of conducting simple tasks like making and receiving calls, it was inferior in its capacity when compared to the recent models of the iPhone, the Samsung Galaxy series and all the other smartphone brands - so an upgrade was inevitable. I now have a Samsung Galaxy Discovery, not the hottest phone around, but it is capable of surfing the Internet and allowing me to view and use (on my 2"x 3" screen with HD display) all the latest apps for social media, games, entertainment and information. I guess I am somewhat comfortable for now until technology makes another turn in April 2014.

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