Staying cyber-aware: New social media scams to watch out for (University of Alabama at Birmingham)

University of Alabama at Birmingham: Staying cyber-aware: New social media scams to watch out for. “Every day, Americans come across scams, whether through email, text or social media. According to the Federal Trade Commission, nearly 2.8 million consumers reported a fraud in 2021, marking it the highest number of reports dating back to 2001. University of Alabama at Birmingham expert Ragib Hasan, Ph.D., associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Computer Science, warns that cybercriminals and scammers are using new techniques that can be very convincing.”

New York Times: Text Your Friends. It Matters More Than You Think

New York Times: Text Your Friends. It Matters More Than You Think . “Calling, texting or emailing a friend just to say ‘hello’ might seem like an insignificant gesture — a chore, even, that isn’t worth the effort. Or maybe you worry an unexpected check-in wouldn’t be welcome, as busy as we all tend to be. But new research suggests that casually reaching out to people in our social circles means more than we realize.”

When texts suddenly stop: Why people ghost on social media (The Conversation)

The Conversation: When texts suddenly stop: Why people ghost on social media. “I am a professor of psychology who studies the role of technology use in interpersonal relationships and well-being. Given the negative psychological consequences of thwarted relationships – especially during the emerging adulthood years, ages 18 to 29 – I wanted to understand what leads college students to ghost others, and if ghosting has any impact on mental health.”

Seattle Times: Did you receive a text message from yourself? You’re not alone.

Seattle Times: Did you receive a text message from yourself? You’re not alone.. “Consumers have struggled with cellphone spam for years, primarily in the form of robocalls with scammers incessantly ringing to leave fraudulent messages about late payments for student loans, audits by the Internal Revenue Service and expired car warranties. Only recently has mobile phone fraud shifted more toward texting, experts said. Spam texts from all sorts of phone numbers — and not just your own — are on the rise. In March, 11.6 billion scam messages were sent on American wireless networks, up 30% from February.”

Consumer Reports: Can People Tell When You’ve Blocked Them on Texting or Social Media Messaging Apps?

Consumer Reports: Can People Tell When You’ve Blocked Them on Texting or Social Media Messaging Apps?. “I spent a week blocking and unblocking my Consumer Reports colleagues, and asking them to block me, to better understand how the feature works on seven different platforms. I think they unblocked me after the testing, but for some apps I can’t be sure. Down below, we’ll look at each one.”

Newswise: Automated Texting System Saved Lives Weekly During First COVID Surge

Newswise: Automated Texting System Saved Lives Weekly During First COVID Surge. “A life was saved twice a week by an automated text messaging system during the fraught early days of the COVID-19 pandemic and, overall, the patients who enrolled in that system were 68 percent less likely to die than those not using it. These insights about Penn Medicine’s COVID Watch – a system designed to monitor COVID-19 outpatients using automated texts and then escalate those with concerning conditions to a small team of health care providers – were published today in the Annals of Internal Medicine.”

Motherboard: Company That Routes Billions of Text Messages Quietly Says It Was Hacked

Motherboard: Company That Routes Billions of Text Messages Quietly Says It Was Hacked. “A company that is a critical part of the global telecommunications infrastructure used by AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon and several others around the world such as Vodafone and China Mobile, quietly disclosed that hackers were inside its systems for years, impacting more than 200 of its clients and potentially millions of cellphone users worldwide.”

CNET: Fake or for real? How to know if a text from your bank is legit

CNET: Fake or for real? How to know if a text from your bank is legit. “In a world in which fraudsters are increasingly finding new ways to steal from our accounts, my guard’s instantly up when I receive a text from my bank. But hackers are becoming much savvier at their game. So much so, that I almost fell for a scam this month. Here’s what happened — and the (somewhat embarrassing) lessons I learned.”

The Conversation: How hackers can use message mirroring apps to see all your SMS texts — and bypass 2FA security

The Conversation: How hackers can use message mirroring apps to see all your SMS texts — and bypass 2FA security. “Major vendors such as Microsoft have urged users to abandon 2FA solutions that leverage SMS and voice calls. This is because SMS is renowned for having infamously poor security, leaving it open to a host of different attacks.”

Mashable: There are two types of texters in the world. Which one are you?

Mashable: There are two types of texters in the world. Which one are you?. “Though you may not realize it, there are two types of texters in this world: those who send one detail-packed paragraph and those who use multiple messages to get their points across. Both styles have unique pros and cons, but chatting with someone who has different texting style than you isn’t always ideal.”

CNET: Political campaign texts are working, researchers say

CNET: Political campaign texts are working, researchers say. “A new report from Democratic technology company Tech for Campaigns has found that people who received text messages from election campaigns were 1% more likely to vote. The company’s researchers found Democratic campaigns and organizations sent 350 million texts in 2018. That’s six times more than were sent in 2016 and 2017.”

Mashable: People are freaking out over this iPhone cursor trick

Mashable: People are freaking out over this iPhone cursor trick. “This quick trick makes texting way easier, and people can’t believe it’s existed this whole time. Trying to drag the iPhone cursor is always a hassle; no matter how precise you try to be, your fat thumbs will always get in the way of typing. It’s almost less effort to delete the text and start from scratch.” I didn’t know about this either. If you did, great. If you didn’t, check it out.

MakeUseOf: 5 Text, Voice, and Video Call Apps You Can Use Without Registration

MakeUseOf: 5 Text, Voice, and Video Call Apps You Can Use Without Registration. “Technology is at its best when it gets out of the way and lets you do what you want. When you want to talk to someone, you shouldn’t have to jump through hoops downloading an app or signing up for a service. These fantastic apps are what you need. Usually, your office is likely to use a service like Skype or GoToMeetings, but those fail to work sometimes. And with the number of data and privacy leaks happening these days, it’s probably better if you use a service without ever giving them your email or password.”