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  • Jul 13, 2014
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TV consumer show exposes internet firm promoting spam ads

Some local internet service providers have been running spam adverts on major web portals and chat rooms without paying a cent, according to a nationally televised programme to mark World Consumer Rights Day.

Saturday, 16 March, 2013, 5:03am

Rant: I think therefore I spam

Every so often you hear scare stories about rising grain prices, food shortages and the likelihood that soon we will all be stabbing one another in the throat in the clamour to nail a rat for supper.

17 Nov 2012 - 11:13pm

Our best brainstorm apps

1. Weather Forecast

Hong Kong weather in summer is so unstable. Knowing the weather conditions ahead of time not only comes in handy, but also saves me money, as I won't have to keep buying so many umbrellas.

Doris Lam

2. Species scanner

27 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Invisible intruders

Online activity is a major part of our daily lives. Rarely a day passes when we don't either send or receive information through cyberspace. That means criminals have many ways to get what they want. And what they want is information - personal information that, at times, you take for granted as being safe.

21 Nov 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

CCTV programme forces Focus Media to impose phone spam ban

Focus Media Holding, the mainland's largest outdoor media company, said it would stop sending mobile spam advertisements after a China Central Television (CCTV) programme named it as a major source of spam.

25 Mar 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

Newspaper urges SMS controls

People's Daily has called for a crackdown on text messages on the mainland by proposing the introduction of a real name registration system similar to the one used to control internet forums.

7 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

E-mails likely to be excluded from spam opt-out register

E-mails could not be included in an opt-out register proposed as a tool in anti-spam legislation because of the risk that doing so would help rather than hinder junk mail senders, an official said yesterday.

13 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

How to untangle yourself from the Web

The best way to avoid becoming a text addict and e-mail addict is to restrict your intake on both counts, says Jane Alexander, author of The Overload Solution. Choose specific times of day for checking your e-mails and responding to them.

Don't forward chain e-mails, says Alexander, and be suspicious of those saying 'send this to everyone you know' as it's probably a hoax.

5 Aug 2006 - 12:00am