Monthly Archives: May 2013

Get reading for SMiShing?

I received my first phishing attempt via text message today. Apparently that’s called SMiShing, and it’s a thing. Sadly, I’m too busy to have the guy follow up with his promised phone call to try to get my Gmail password from me, but I did take a moment and report it to 7726, just in […]

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Image Hosting on a Different Domain?

Fridays are a busy day in the land of deliverability, so I don’t have a lot of time to come up with a specific post for today. But, I thought this might interest folks here — the other day, a client asked me about using CDNs (content delivery networks) to host HTML email content, and […]

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Spams, Scams, and Senders

Over on the Magill Report, Stephanie Colleton from Return Path shares her thoughts on how to tell whether or not an email message is legitimate. Let’s add to that some more thoughts from Return Path’s Lauren Soares. Then let’s add to that some of my own thoughts specifically for email senders. Every company sending email today […]

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Pump-and-dump Spam is Back!

Commtouch’s latest “Internet Threats Trend Report” suggests that penny stock spam has returned: Pump and dump spam, also known as penny stock spam, one of the most popular topics among spammers between 2006 and 2008, made a forceful comeback in Q1 after having all but disappeared in previous years. In March 2013, pump and dump […]


AOL Updates Spam Filtering

Over on the AOL Postmaster blog, Lili Crowley announced yesterday that AOL has made changes to their spam filtering system. Specifically, more senders may be subject to blocking with CON:B1 errors. AOL’s website explains that CON:B1 errors indicate that an IP address is being  blocked “due to a spike in unfavorable e-mail statistics.” This strongly […]


SMS Spam is Down?

Cloudmark says, yes, SMS gift card spam is down, thanks to recent action taken by the Federal Trade Commission. Read more over on PC World. I’m very glad to see this. I ended up on the list of one of those spammers and they were driving me nuts. Thank goodness for Google Voice’s report spam […]


Palau: Spam Haven? No, but…

Over on his blog, John Levine offers up a review of the history of the .PW TLD (top-level domain). The context: Recently relaunched, .PW has perhaps immediately become a spam haven. John mentions that at least one receiver is already treating mail referencing .PW as “block on sight.” Incidentally, John’s not the only friend of […]


Oops? Path Texts Man's Entire Phonebook @ 6AM

(Hi! Al Iverson here. I’ll be guest blogging a bit while Laura and Steve are off dealing with stuff.) Over on the BRANDED3 blog, Search Strategist Stephen Kenwright shares how social network Path sent text messages to everybody in his address book, very early in the morning on Tuesday, telling everyone that he had shared […]

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Temporary Hiatus

Had a family emergency so the blog will be on hiatus for a couple weeks.

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