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Monday, 9 April, 2012, 12:00am

Tech giants team up for better spam fix

E-mail and social media giants Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo have teamed up in a new global alliance that aims to significantly reduce the threat of fraudulent electronic messages, such as 'phishing' and 'spam', which litter the internet.

31 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

E-mail fraudsters target small firms

A sophisticated, worldwide e-mail fraud is hitting businesses in Hong Kong, siphoning off substantial sums of money, police say.

International syndicates are taking money from companies by impersonating their authentic business partners.

23 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

More bytes than we can chew

People of earth, behold the zettabyte! Not sure what a zettabyte is? Well, it isn't another ill-conceived attempt at an MP3 player by Microsoft and it isn't the name of an electro band from Berlin. (Not yet, anyway.)

A zettabyte, or ZB, is a unit of computer storage that equates to one trillion gigabytes. Put another way, that's one sextillion bytes.

9 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Cloud descends on cybercriminals

For business centre users wondering how the security of their e-mail systems and antispam software can be taken better care of, the answer seems to be in the clouds.

13 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Tougher stance needed on telemarketing

When the law against unwanted electronic messages was first enacted in 2007, cold-calling from telemarketers was deliberately excluded. Officials said they needed to wait and see whether self-policing might work better. In response, market participants drew up best-practice guidelines. It is fair to say such lenient efforts have not worked.

7 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Demands of e-mail require new skills

If it sometimes feels like you are a professional e-mail writer, you are not alone. People are increasingly going to the office and spending a big chunk of their day reading, writing and responding to electronic missives. On average, business users spend 19 per cent of every work day using e-mail, the latest statistics show.

19 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Need to know

A five-minute primer on an issue making headlines

The first phase of an anti-spam law is under way, with do-not-call registers coming into force for fax and SMS spam messages.

How does it work?

You call a number to register your fax or mobile phone number. If someone sends spam to that number, action can be taken.

6 Jan 2008 - 12:00am


Do you think the smoking ban is effective?

While the smoking ban is popular with the majority of residents, many feel the government has been lax in promoting the anti-smoking message and providing information on quit-smoking programmes.

4 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Christmas turkeys send festive spam

It is supposed to be the thought that counts when it comes to gifts and Christmas cards, but as a reader thundered this week, is there a more insincere seasons greeting than the corporate e-mailed one?

22 Dec 2007 - 12:00am


I travel a lot and always carry several devices, including one mobile phone for Hong Kong and one for the mainland, and a Blackberry. I can divert my Hong Kong number to my mainland number and get calls without any problem but my text messages are not forwarded. Why is that? Also, I understand there are lots of commands for GSM phones. Can you tell me what they are?

2 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

FYI: How exactly does share spam work?

Ever had an e-mail from someone called Sarah Dugan, titled 'Hi'? At first, you might think you know her, but 'Sarah' is promoting a little-known stock from Advanced Powerline Technologies, a company that is expecting a big announcement soon - and you'd be mad not to buy shares. What about an e-mail from Keisha Williams?

24 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

six degrees of dissipation

'Get a degree and make all your problems disappear.'

9 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Impatient lawmakers unimpressed by interim code on junk calls

The government was urged to speed up a bill prohibiting unsolicited commercial messages because critics doubted the effectiveness of an interim measure unveiled yesterday against machine-generated junk calls.

6 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

A fair call?

Legislation proposed to clamp down on spam sent by e-mail, phone and fax will not stop salespeople making cold calls, on the grounds this would undermine small business. Is this reasonable? Write and tell us what you think

24 May 2006 - 12:00am