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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.


Individuals ("the people") are losing their privacy and their power and this is one big aspect of it.
Discussions - Public / Re: CCleaner infected with malware
« Last post by The Gorn on Today at 04:49:31 PM »
CCleaner has been one of the most innocent programs around, right up there with Malwarebytes. Amazing.
Discussions - Public / Re: CCleaner infected with malware
« Last post by benali72 on Today at 04:48:35 PM »
Thanks for the heads-up.

This article tells how to tell if you've been infected and how to fix it --

Not all versions of CC were affected, apparently.
Discussions - Public / Re: How do you stop spam phonecalls?
« Last post by benali72 on Today at 04:34:48 PM »
ID, thanks for sharing your experience with Nomorobo. I was wondering how good it was.

Here's how to reduce spam calls for landlines --

and here's how to reduce spam calls for smartphones --

My dad gives to several charitable organizations. His "reward" was about 10 to 15 spam calls per day on his landline. I was able to reduce it to about one per day by a buying a call-blocking-box. But that's as good as I could get it.

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.
Thanks for the heads-up, Arnold. Yeah, I thought it was pretty secure... oops!
Discussions - Public / Re: CCleaner infected with malware
« Last post by pxsant on Today at 04:17:53 AM »
CCleaner is actually from a company called Piriform.   They were bought out by Avast somewhere around July.   This happened after the transfer of Piriform assets to Avast.  Makes you wonder about a disgruntled employee as the possible culprit.

I checked all my systems and luckily I do not have CCleaner installed on any of them.
^ Yeah, I'd say the same exchange numbers started a few months ago and is increasing.  Nomorobo has not been able to pick these off.
Discussions - Public / Re: CCleaner infected with malware
« Last post by JoFrance on September 18, 2017, 05:15:25 PM »
I've used CCleaner lots of times.  It always did a good job so its really disappointing to hear that it can't be trusted anymore.
The spammers are now localizing their junk shit. We've been getting a LOT of what appear to be local same area code calls. Often with the same exchange (the three digits before the final four digits.) They appear to be trading on the idea that the call looks like a neighbor's number, or a local business.

It's infuriating. But it's not exactly new. We've been getting these for months, but increasingly now.
Quite a few robocalls are getting by that have the first 3 digits after the area code that are the same as my phone number.  Anyone else seeing this with Nomorobo?  This is a troublesome new development.

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