Vishing – a new kind of spam
Thread poster: Mihai Badea (X)

Mihai Badea (X)  Identity Verified
Luxembourg
Member (2004)
English to Romanian
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Jul 14, 2006

It seems it will not take too long until we’ll have to hide the phone numbers from our profile pages and websites. The e-mail spam is bad, but the phone spam is going to be even worse. You can check your spam marked messages whenever you want, but you can hardly ignore a phone call.

Although I found no mention about any software able to collect phone numbers from the websites, I’m afraid that day is not too far off.

An interesting article about vishing can be found on the PC World site.

[Edited at 2006-07-14 21:17]


 

Eva T
English to Albanian
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Thanks for the info Jul 15, 2006

It is scary, but technogy comes with the good parts and its bad parts. I think that day is coming sooner, rather than later,
Eva


Mihai Badea wrote:

It seems it will not take too long until we’ll have to hide the phone numbers from our profile pages and websites. The e-mail spam is bad, but the phone spam is going to be even worse. You can check your spam marked messages whenever you want, but you can hardly ignore a phone call.

Although I found no mention about any software able to collect phone numbers from the websites, I’m afraid that day is not too far off.

An interesting article about vishing can be found on the PC World site.

[Edited at 2006-07-14 21:17]


[Edited at 2006-07-15 03:04]


 

Ricki Farn
Germany
Local time: 08:37
Member (2005)
English to German
a possible solution Jul 16, 2006

When I went freelance, a buddy advised me to put my cell-phone number on my web site but not the landline. It has kept away phone spam so far - the cost of calling a cell phone is prohibitive to spammers. Bona fide callers end up on the mobile and we can exchange landline numbers / e-mail addresses straight away.

I was banned from using one private yellow-pages website because they would not list me without a publicly displayed landline number, which I refused. I don't think that lost me anything of interest.

With technological advances, who knows if phone flatrates will include mobiles in the future. But in that case, we could still encode part of our phone numbers by spelling them out (just as some people do the "at" in their e-mail addresses).


 

Charlotte Blank  Identity Verified
Local time: 08:37
Czech to German
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Another link Jul 26, 2006

Here's another link in connection with Vishing: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/5187518.stm

As someone puts it in this article: "Common sense is the first line of protection" - there is nothing to add to this statement but IMHO it is really sad that we are going to have to defend ourselves everywhere and everytime...

Charlotte


 


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