Update to Facebook Messenger for iOS Prevents Scammers from Forcing iPhones to Place Calls

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AngryWomanPointingCellPhone650Facebook is rolling out an update to its Messenger application for iOS to protect users from a vulnerability in the operating system that allowed scammers to force users’ iPhones to automatically place expensive calls.

The iOS vulnerability was originally discovered by Andrei Neculaesei, a developer with Copenhagen, Denmark-based Airtame, who described the issue in a blog post, saying that scammers could exploit it via apps that do not provide pop-up warnings when phone calls are placed, which included Messenger, Apple’s FaceTime and Google’s Google Plus and Gmail.

A Facebook spokesperson informed TechRadar that the fix to Messenger for iOS would be released “any time now.”

Readers: Have you ever been the victim of similar scams?

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The Clog Catcher Prevents Clogged Drains

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The Clog Catcher Prevents Clogged Drains

We’ve shown you how to unclog a drain, but wouldn’t you prefer to not go through the trouble? The Clog Catcher installs in virtually any drain and prevents clogs from making their way inside.

My roommate had a clog problem. Once a month her drain would become excessively slow or stop entirely and we’d need to go through the process of unclogging it every time. This got a little annoying, so I decided we should test out the clog catcher. Because it takes quite awhile to figure out if something like this actually works, we installed one in her sink and her shower to test for two months. Since the installation, no clogs have occurred. Every month she needs to clean out the Clog Catcher because, as the name implies, it catches a variety of things you don’t want in your drain. For the most part this simply involves washing the device.

Because drains don’t come in one size, you can get large and small Clog Catchers. The device just hooks around the top of the drain, so it takes a few seconds to install or remove. As previously mentioned, you can just wash it off to clean it and then throw away the contents as you obviously do not want to wash them down your drain. While this option involves confronting some of the gross stuff that ends up in your sink, shower, and/or bathtub, a monthly moment of mild disgust easily beats a constantly clogged drain. For about $ 10, you save yourself a major headache.

The Clog Catcher (available direct or on Amazon)

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