Smart Phones – Dumb SPAM: What’s The Future?

Just my opinion as I size up the future of the phone.

Remember the Federal “Do Not Call” list? It was started to help land-line users block pesky aluminum siding sales calls. The promise of the list never kept up with the rapid growth in the use of cell phones. As cell phone use continues to grow we have to think about a near future that may put a damper on the ability of businesses to legitimately do business by phone.

Smartphones have helped users to partially conquer SPAM calls by using call-blocking functions in lieu of the government’s weak “Do Not Call” list. But what happens when perhaps millions of numbers are blocked from our phones?

  • How will you know if your new telephone number hasn’t been blacklisted on millions of smartphones because of prior abuse?
  • If abusive phone numbers are identified and retired from use, how will the phone companies create new phone numbers?

No one can predict the future but we may see what’s coming our as a result of the regular phone SPAMMING that occurs. Phone companies have answered past grow the same response– the addition of more area codes to create more phone numbers.

There doesn’t seem to be an appetite for stopping phone SPAM and there’s the prospect on the horizon that even our nextdoor-neighbors may all share different area codes. Phone SPAM could be the harbinger of the end of the phone call as we know it and perhaps the end of even renaming the smartphone to something very un-phone-y.

Hasta La Vista Google+

In December 2018 Google announced that they were shutting down their social media platform Google+. Their official explanation cites “low usage” as a key factor in pulling the plug. So heads up… if you’ve been using Google+ and link to it on your website it’s time to remove any buttons or links. Google is removing all content so those buttons will shortly be only going to error screens!

Why Am I Getting All Those Privacy Emails?

Everyone is getting privacy emails in response to the EU (European Union) enacting GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) for websites. It may feel like a “house on fire” when you also start hearing fearful proclamations about getting your own website in compliance. So let’s take a deep breath and address the reality Continue reading “Why Am I Getting All Those Privacy Emails?”

3 Internet Offers You Really Should Refuse

The snow has melted, the birds are singing, and all the Internet cons are active. This week I’ve heard from clients who’ve received snail-mail and email solicitations. Just so you know, I also get these offers. Without mentioning names, lets break down these “offers” and I’ll tell you why you should avoid them.

Internet Directory
This offer comes in via snail-mail. It looks like a bill, but clearly says on it that it’s not a bill, but a “solicitation”. The offer is that they’ll list your website on their directory to stimulate it getting found online. So lets ask a common sense question: when you’ve used your favorite search engine have you ever been directed to this company’s directory website? Probably not. The offer costs a few hundred dollars and it’s strongly suggested not to be worth that amount.

Domain Registration
Again, this offer is sent via snail mail. It purports that your website’s domain name is about to expire and it’s more advantageous to transfer it from your current registrar to them. This offer looks for website owners who don’t understand that their domain name is registered with a legit company like GoDaddy, Register, etc. and there is no need to move it when it’s time to renew. Moving it to a company that solicits via mail may cost you more than you can imagine– the yearly domain registration may jump 200%! If you move your domain it may not relate back to your hosting account and you’ll lose the ability to see your website online. Ouch!

Search Engine Registration
A client received this offer via email– It states you need to pay for their software to maintain the ease of customers finding your website online.  It looks pretty intimidating, even giving a warning to act before a contrived due date. All search engines send out robots, their own software, that scours the web and caches websites, so your website has already been collected and stored in the search engines and it will be again in future passes of search engine robots.

My best advice (and it’s free). Delete those emails and shred the letters.