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Discussions - Public / Re: How do you stop spam phonecalls?
« Last post by The Gorn on September 21, 2017, 04:19:31 PM »
That's what I always did with my landline.  I finally decided to get rid of the landline because I just never used the phone.  At $80 a month it just wasn't needed anymore. 

Very similar deal here. We were paying $85/mo to CenturyLink (which I understand is in rural NJ also) for POTS service with caller ID, voicemail and a few other features. I first tried to strip down the service, but the dumb assholes at CenturyLink kept breaking features that they would say during the phone calls to them would be working. They seemed to go out of their ways to drop features we needed and the price reduction was minimal.

They are a dinosauric company that deserves to collapse.

Finally I ported our landline number to a VOIP service - Voipo.com. We prepaid for two years of all inclusive VOIP phone service for... drum roll... $185 (149+36 in fees and taxes.)

The quality is *exactly* the same as a real landline. Voipo has a ton of control panel functions that allow me to black-hole repeat spammers and also to do things like route phone calls, mark certain incoming phone numbers to automatically record the calls, forward calls, download voice mail as a WAV, etc.

Basically I dropped our phone expense from $85/mo to 7.71/month and the functionality is 100x better. There have been a few glitches but they're well worth dealing with to save $77/month or over $900/year. They supply the VOIP converter box.

Voipo supports "simultaneous ring", where the phone ringing here causes a second phone to ring, and whoever picks up first seizes the phone call. The simultaneous ring is what Nomorobo uses to block phone calls. (you set your phone service to simultaneously ring the Nomorobo number.)
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Discussions - Public / Re: How do you stop spam phonecalls?
« Last post by JoFrance on September 21, 2017, 02:08:36 PM »
That's what I always did with my landline.  I finally decided to get rid of the landline because I just never used the phone.  At $80 a month it just wasn't needed anymore.  My husband and I each have cell phones.  I also have a satellite phone in my car through OnStar if the cell phones don't work.  How many phones do you need?

Nomorobo looks like a good possibility to block a lot of the phone spam.  I never answer any numbers on my cell that I don't recognize unless I'm expecting a call.
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Discussions - Public / Re: How do you stop spam phonecalls?
« Last post by pxsant on September 21, 2017, 03:57:16 AM »
On my home phone, I just turn the ringer off and only answer calls when they're leaving a message. If they don't try to leave a message, I don't answer.

That is exactly what I do.  I have Vonage for a home number and have it forwarded to my cell phone just so I can see what the calling number is.  But I never answer it and let it go to voice mail.   No message, I write it off.
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Discussions - Public / Re: CCleaner infected with malware
« Last post by The Gorn on September 20, 2017, 06:22:51 PM »
...what a great loss to the tech support community to find out that these help utilities are infected with malware.  Its just sickening.

Maybe something happened when the company was bought out, that surely is possible like pxsant said. 

I always believed that the PC desktop industry had a bit of a soul and some integrity, more than the smartphone industry, for instance. Companies like Spinrite and CCleaner and Malwarebytes always seemed like shining examples of good citizenship.

Fast forward to 2017 - fuck our customers, we can cash out BIG because we have this 30+ year old reputation we can trade off of, and it'll become someone else's problem.
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Discussions - Public / Re: How do you stop spam phonecalls?
« Last post by unix on September 20, 2017, 06:10:54 PM »
That's not a bad idea. Another idea is not to answer any calls not in your contact list.

I am sure there is an app for that.

I got my VM full and then forgot the password. Haven't bothered to recover it. WTH for. All the important stuff is either via email or text.

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Discussions - Public / Re: CCleaner infected with malware
« Last post by unix on September 20, 2017, 06:06:37 PM »
This is the kind of shyte I only hear about on this forum. I don't read mainstream technology stuff so I had no idea.

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Discussions - Public / Re: CCleaner infected with malware
« Last post by JoFrance on September 20, 2017, 05:35:55 PM »
What bothers me a lot is that people that do tech support depend on a lot of free utilities to solve problems.  Sometimes they buy them, sometimes not, but what a great loss to the tech support community to find out that these help utilities are infected with malware.  Its just sickening.

Maybe something happened when the company was bought out, that surely is possible like pxsant said. 
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Discussions - Public / Re: How do you stop spam phonecalls?
« Last post by I D Shukhov on September 19, 2017, 07:53:43 PM »
On my home phone, I just turn the ringer off and only answer calls when they're leaving a message. If they don't try to leave a message, I don't answer.

That's a great idea!

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Discussions - Public / Re: The two best articles I've seen on the Equifax Hack
« Last post by benali72 on September 19, 2017, 05:01:56 PM »
So you have utterly no control over your data. They take it without your consent.

Absolutely. Most people have no idea how big the data brokering business is and how much data these companies hold on them.

See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Information_broker

Individuals ("the people") are losing their privacy and their power and this is one big aspect of it.
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Discussions - Public / Re: CCleaner infected with malware
« Last post by The Gorn on September 19, 2017, 04:49:31 PM »
CCleaner has been one of the most innocent programs around, right up there with Malwarebytes. Amazing.
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