People often call this the communication age, and most agree that communication is a wonderful thing. Of course, when communication means being able to chat for hours on end with your friend on the other side of the globe at zero cost, or for your favorite sports site to be able to send you the latest score, you will be all in favor of communication.
But there is a yin to every yang. The dark side to communication is the sheer volume of spam messages and unwanted ads that can deluge your Android device and make you wish that the rest of the world would just go away and stop communicating for a while.
Spam filtering is one of the oldest challenges in IT, but the technology is constantly developing. Here, we take a look at a couple of the best ways to minimize the spam on your Android device.
Use the best email filter
Spam comes in all types, but the original and still the most common is by email. Providers like Gmail and Yahoo have inbuilt spam filters, and although they keep out the worst of it, they are far from perfect. A growing number of businesses and individuals are instead opting for a bespoke solution, for example by avoiding spam with everycloudtech.com. There are a number of advantages to this approach.
Primarily, it is more effective, as it uses the latest advances in machine learning to distinguish what is and is not spam. Another major advantage is that being cloud based, it stops the junk before it even arrives on your device.
Be careful with the free apps
We all love getting something for nothing, and there is no shortage of free apps available on the app store. Of course, the trouble is there is no such thing as a free lunch, and the apps make money either through advertisers or through paid bolt ons and premium services.
Either way, they will be trying to get your attention and persuading you to part with money, and their dogged determination can become irritating. Typically, they use things called push notifications. These can be useful to provide relevant information from the app when you do not have it open, but can also be abused by less principled providers, for example to try to fool you into clicking on a paid app and signing up for it.
Unfortunately, neither Android nor iOS provides a simple way to turn them all off, but that is probably a good thing. For example, you most likely want to be told when you have an email, without having to go into your inbox and check – after all, that is what push notifications were originally invented for.
However, it is not too complicated to go into settings and look at your apps one by one – which ones do you really need notifications from? For all the rest, it is a simple matter of switching off push notifications. It will suddenly seem so quiet you could hear a pin drop!