Recently, there has been a rise in AIM Spam links being sent out to everyone. Most of the messages go along the lines of:
Someone has an AIM CRUSH on you!
Click here – to find out who it is
I just got a free iPhone in the mail. Want to get your free iPhone? Go HERE and find out how!
I’ve got a bit of crush on you! But if you wanna find out who I am you gotta play along with my game! First, go here and you’ll find out more!
Somone special has sent you a – – (kiss)
Find out who here
Although Spam messages are certainly not new. This recent influx has annoyed people to no end. You can essentially protect yourselves and other persons using AIM on your computer by trying out these methods.
If they have been annoying you, call up and complain to the “Mobile Messaging” company at 1-800-416-6129
Link Preview Plugin
Link Preview plugin is one of the first place winners in the Open Aim Top Coder Contest. Essentially Link Preview lets you preview an image of a website before you actually visit it. Now it certainly won’t protect you from viruses but you can use it to get an idea of where these spammy links are sending you to. More likely than not, if its an adult site you’ll be bombarded with popups as soon as you reach.
Gundoff: Malicious Link Question
Gundoff plugin essentially asks you if you really want to go to the link. Using bright red text and an ominous warning, the plugin will more likely prevent newer computer users from clicking on links. Still it won’t stop viruses, but at least you won’t get infected by accidentally clicking a link.
The best way to not receive any SPAM from random screen names is to block everyone not on your buddy list.
- Click Edit
- Click Settings
- Click Privacy
- Click Allow only Users on my Buddy List
- Click Save
Now only people on your buddy list can IM you. We do know that certainly this is not the most effective way but this will do until someone out there creates a plugin that pre-screens all IMs and closes the conversation if it detects spam. Yes I know there is a plugin for this on Trillian but Aim 6 still needs one.
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