No one likes to end up in a wrong place, especially when it comes to mobile phone apps. How annoying it is to realize that you wind up in your android play store when you actually just wanted to play your game in peace. This mysteriously popping up spam is an extreme pain in the neck – we cannot get away with it completely, but we sure can use some defense against these unwelcoming devils.
How? You must have heard of spam blocking apps. These apps can not only help you bid goodbyes from spam mails in your inbox, but can also block unnecessary calls, messages, and ads on your mobile phone. Social networking sites and mobile application companies like Facebook, Twitter and AirG are themselves very conscious about the spamming activities and blocks them before attacking on your mobile phones and computers but still there are some spammy activities you need to counter yourself.
Spam, no matter how naïve it may look can cause great troubles sometimes. For phone, spams can glitch your device and it will take a while for it to function normally again. For computer, spam can lead to identify theft, which isn’t something that you should compromise. This is why we have gathered here some of the easy tips that you can use in order to protect yourself from spam and spammy apps.
- Stay Away from Suspicious Emails
Sometimes a person receives email from certain apps they never ever used or heard about. If there’s an email like that clogging your inbox, try not to get near to it. Don’t respond, don’t click it open, don’t even click on the unsubscribed button – do not do anything on it whether you are seeing this email from your phone or computer. Sometimes these apps’ emails are hoax and all they need is a click from you to confirm that this email address of yours is working.
- Set Privacy for The Apps
Facebook houses so many apps that are running wildly on people’s account and collecting more information than they should. People keep on accepting the request of apps send by their friends without setting the right privacy on their account. On phone, when you install some application and log in to it through your Facebook, there are high chances that the developers will get all of the information available in your profile. To avoid that, you need to lock down your privacy settings. Go to the “ads, apps, and website” option in the privacy settings and here you can edit what information that you need the developers to get access to and what information you do not wish to share.
- Keep the Spam Apps Away from Your Timeline
Mostly people click on a spammy app through Facebook. If you see a post that your friend share about some app that you should try, don’t click on it impetuously unless you are pretty sure that this app is authentic. These viral apps on a single click can circle around all of your friends and keep popping up on your timeline even when none of you dare to share it. You can get rid of such as by clicking on the setting options of that app and choose “mark as spam” or “remove from timeline.”
- Report Spam
You can also report spam via the Internet Service Providers (ISP), since the ISP does not allow its users to spam. If by any chance you are getting spam or spammy apps emails or messages from a spammer, you can report it. The emails through which you receive spammy apps email always include ISP of the spammer. You can either use that to file a complaint or you can send the ISP name to your own ISP – this way you can terminate the account if the potential spammer is proved to be guilty.
Although we cannot eliminate spam from our lives, a little responsibility lies on our shoulders too. Rather than blindly clicking on the links that don’t look familiar to us, we can simply ignore them in order to stay away from possible spamming threats.
By: Erica Silva