Facebook quizzes result in monthly phone charges…

I learned this the hard way this week, and wanted you all to be aware of a particular scam on Facebook.  After scrutinizing our mobile bill this week, we found a few charges that made no sense.  We called Verizon to chat about it and found out something interesting.

Apparently, there are certain quizzes (and probably other things) on Facebook that will automatically sign you up for “SMS text news” services that charge a monthly fee.  They can do this when you have your mobile phone setup to receive SMS texts from Facebook.  Once we knew what was happening, I was able to unsub from the service simply by replying to the text with the word “stop”.

But, its a bit unnerving that there are folks out there that do this purposely and write apps that will scam you like this.  The lesson here is to be very careful which applications you allow to interact with your Facebook profile.  Each application is supposed to include small print, particularly if it signs you up for a paid service, however, some don’t follow good Internet-citizen guidelines.  Just like anything, you have to watch out for yourself.

You can also check with your cell provider.  Verizon has the ability to block these types of things happening, so yours may, too. 

IEBlog : Prepare for Automatic Update distribution of IE8


Starting on or about the third week of April, users still running IE6 or IE7 on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003, or Windows Server 2008 will get will get a notification through Automatic Update about IE8. This rollout will start with a narrow audience and expand over time to the entire user base. On Windows XP and Server 2003, the update will be High-Priority. On Windows Vista and Server 2008 it will be Important.

IEBlog : Prepare for Automatic Update distribution of IE8

AV-Comparatives Web Site

On this site you will find independent comparatives of Anti-Virus software. All products listed in our comparatives are already a selection of some very good anti-virus products. In order to get tested by us, vendors must fulfill various conditions and minimum requirements.
To stay informed about current tests and releases, please also have a look to our Weblog.
Some antivirus products are presented in our forum  by the various vendors.


Search Advertising Runs into the Recession – Digits – WSJ.com


On Thursday, the public will find out how online search advertising – the biggest chunk of the Internet ad market – weathered the rocky fourth quarter when Google reports its results for the period.

The signals from one study, set to be released Tuesday, aren’t pretty.

recessionU.S. search advertising spending fell 8% in the fourth quarter of 2008 from the same period in 2007, according to a new study from search advertising firm Efficient Frontier, whose search industry spending index was flat for most of 2008. The study — which covers an undisclosed portion of the $750 million in annual spending the company manages globally — marks the first quarter of negative annual growth for its index in the several years Efficient Frontier has been gathering such data, says James Beriker, president and CEO of the firm.

Search Advertising Runs into the Recession – Digits – WSJ.com