What is YouTube Red? How to get a Free Trial, Sign Up, and Cancel your Membership

What is YouTube Red? How to get a Free Trial, Sign Up, and Cancel your Membership

YouTube Red

YouTube Red is a new ad-free video streaming service by Google that was launched on October 28th. However, many YouTube users are just now getting an “Introducing YouTube Red” message when they access YouTube from a mobile device or PC. The pop-up message from YouTube asks YouTube users if they would like a try it free. It also gives the option to chose “Not Now.” YouTube users who start the YouTube Red free trial will get 1 month for free, which is valued at $9.99. YouTube Red uses Google Wallet just like normal apps and signing up is as simple as tapping the screen on your phone.

what is youtube red

YouTube Red is actually pretty cool. It’s an advertisement-free service that allows YouTube Red subscribers to watch YouTube videos without advertisements. It works on your TV, computer, and mobile device. It also allows subscribers to save videos and play videos in the background; something I’m looking forward to doing since I always “listen” to music on YouTube via my mobile device and trying to search for things at the same time.

YouTube Red free trial

Furthermore, in 2016 YouTube Red will launch original content and videos only available to YouTube Red subscribers. This will allow YouTube Red to compete with the likes of popular streaming subscription services like Netflix.

Fake copyright claims are targeting your Google Analytics data with referrals

Fake copyright claims are targeting your Google Analytics data with referrals

If you are a website owner or someone involved in monitoring website data accumulated and projected through the Google Analytics service you may have noticed an increase in referral traffic from suspicious URLs that claim to be associated with the domain name copyrightclaims.org. Copyrightclaims.org is a fraudulent website designed to hit your Google Analytics data with misleading ghost traffic. If you receive strange referral traffic from this website do not be alarmed. There is no “claim” against you and your website. The spam URL is engaging in a blackhat SEO tactic known as referrer spam indexing.

Fake copyright claims target Google Analytics with referrals

The fake copyright claim spam URL is designed to create fear, anxiety, shock, or suspicion. It is basically a provocative domain name that catches your eye and may lead you to suspect that someone filed a copyright claim against your website.

When you visit the fake copyright URL you will be forwarded to online retail shops like alibestsale.com. Alibestsale.com is also notorious for spamming Google Analytics with fake referral traffic from a variety of spammy URLs. Both domain names are owned by the same entity and sit on the same server according to their records. Their records also suggest that there are many more eye-catching URLs which will be used for spam purposes in the future.

Referrer spam is designed and used to get you and other people to visit the websites that spammers want you to visit. In some cases, it can also help them boost their rank in Google Search results pages by creating backlinks off of your access logs. It is not essentially harmful to your website but it can mess up your website’s data and sometimes use bandwidth if tactics aside from producing ghost traffic are used to spam your account.

Ghost traffic does not actually land on your website. It targets your Google Analytics ID number. For example, if you own a domain that is not hosted but somehow has a GA account you will notice spam URLs landing on your un-hosted domain.

You can block referral traffic and referrer spam from any URL by using our guide below:

Beware of fake Domain Suspension Notice emails

Beware of fake Domain Suspension Notice emails

Beware of fake Domain Suspension Notice emails that claim to be sent from Google (Google Inc.). The emails usually target domain owners who have domain names registered by Google Domains.

fake Google Domain Suspension Notice emails

The fraudulent email message claims that Google has suspended your domain for a violation of the Google Inc. Abuse Policy. However, this is not true. The email is used to spread malware and is in no way associated with Google Inc. and Google Domains.

The email states that multiple warnings were sent by Google Inc. Spam and Abuse Department to give you an opportunity to address the complaints they received and that they did not receive a reply from you.

The message claims that they no choice but to suspend your domain name when you did not respond to their alleged attempts to contact you.

The email contains a link to download a “copy of complaints” they received. The downloadable file is actually dangerous and can spread malware across your computer – so don’t click the link in the email. The link will place several malicious application type files in different areas on your computer.

Known file

  • bg6504da.exe

Known paths

  • C: bg6504da
  • Start Menu > Programs > Startup
  • AppData > Roaming

Fake Domain Suspension Notice email

Domain example.com Suspension Notice
Google Inc. <"registrar-abuse [at] google.com.org"@mailfw.whoisproxy.com>
to ee60950cce9044.
Why is this message in Spam? We've found that lots of messages from mailfw.whoisproxy.com are spam.  Learn more
Dear Sir/Madam,
The following domain names have been suspended for violation of the Google Inc. Abuse Policy:
Domain Name: example.com
Registrar: Google Inc.
Registrant Name: On behalf of example.com OWNER
Multiple warnings were sent by Google Inc. Spam and Abuse Department to give you an opportunity to address the complaints we have received.
We did not receive a reply from you to these email warnings so we then attempted to contact you via telephone.
We had no choice but to suspend your domain name when you did not respond to our attempts to contact you.
Click here and download a copy of complaints we have received.
Please contact us for additional information regarding this notification.
Sincerely,
Google Inc.
Spam and Abuse Department
Abuse Department Hotline: 480-203-2464

Scam claims that “Marlboro is Giving FREE Carton of Cigarettes to celebrate 100th Anniversary”

Scam claims that “Marlboro is Giving FREE Carton of Cigarettes to celebrate 100th Anniversary”

One of the latest internet scams circulating on Facebook claims that Marlboro is giving away a free carton of cigarettes to celebrate their 100th Anniversary. The scam claims that Facebook users who share an associated webpage will receive a free carton of cigarettes.

Also See: “Get-2-Free Marlboro Cigarette Carton to celebrate 110th Birthday” Survey Scam

The Marlboro is Giving FREE Carton of Cigarettes to celebrate 100th Anniversary is designed to do several things. First, the scammers want to phish personal information from users which can be used for a variety of purposes. The scam and associated webpage may also hijack Facebook user details such as passwords and email addresses. Once it has obtained personal Facebook details it may use the account to post content and send messages to people on the user’s behalf. The scam may also attempt to install rogue Facebook apps that can take control of the compromised Facebook account.

Marlboro is Giving FREE Carton of Cigarettes to celebrate 100th Anniversary

The “Marlboro is Giving FREE Carton of Cigarettes to celebrate 100th Anniversary” scam is entirely false. No one will receive a free carton of cigarettes by sharing a webpage, completing surveys, or doing anything else. This scam is in no way associated with Marlboro and Phillip Morris companies.

Marlboro carton facebook scam

If you notice a friend sharing the “Marlboro is Giving FREE Carton of Cigarettes to celebrate 100th Anniversary” webpage on Facebook make sure to let them know that they accounts may have become compromised and that their personal information may not be secure.

If you have fallen victim to this scam there are a few recommended steps that should be followed:

  • Change your Facebook password. To change your Facebook password go to Settings. In the general section the option to change your password will be the fourth selection. If promoted to log-out your account in other locations make sure to do so.
  • Remove rogue Facebook apps. In Settings, go to Apps, hover over the rogue app with your mouse, and click the X to remove it.
  • Scan your computer for malware. To scan your computer for malware we recommend to use a reputable malware removal tool such as Malwarebytes.

Scam Examples

Marlboro is Giving FREE Carton of Cigarettes to celebrate 100th Anniversary (160 Carton Remaining)
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The Pirate Bay is offline

The Pirate Bay is offline

The Pirate bay and other popular torrent website such as Yify are offline. If you try to visit The Pirate Bay you may notice a notification message from CloudFlare that says “This page (https://thepiratebay.vg) is currently offline. However, because the site uses CloudFlare’s Always Online™ technology you can continue to surf a snapshot of the site. We will keep checking in the background and, as soon as the site comes back, you will automatically be served the live version.”

The Pirate Bay is offline

The reason why The Pirate Bay is down is currently unknown, but it’s not uncommon for the website to experience outages.

The Pirate Bay underwent database maintenance for a few days on October 5th and the popular torrent website was down on October 1st.

The current situation with the ThePirateBay website doesn’t seem as serious as the previous occurrences for the common user because the website is cached and still accessible. You can still access the website, browse the website, and download torrents. You just will not be able to use the website to upload. Legitimate proxies are also still up and running.

KickassTorrents blocked due to harmful programs

KickassTorrents blocked due to harmful programs

KickassTorrents (KAT) and the kat.cr domain have been blocked again by Google Chrome and other internet browsers due to harmful programs. The last time this happened was on October 9th of this year. If you attempt to visit the KickassTorrents webpage you will be presented with the red security error webpage that says “the site ahead contains harmful programs.” This is nothing new. Kat.cr has been blocked a lot recently by Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox due to harmful programs. The harmful programs stem from an advertiser the popular torrent website uses. The advertiser may contain links to malware and unwanted programs, as well as websites that simply want to scam you and phish your personal details.

KickassTorrents blocked due to harmful programs

If you want to bypass the security error page to visit kat.cr you can simply click details and visit this site on the red security error page.

Google claims to have found malicious software on the website. The Google Safe Browsing report card states some pages on the KAT website send visitors to the following dangerous websites: downloadnet1004.com and adventuredistricthotels.com.

Source: https://www.google.com/transparencyreport/safebrowsing/diagnostic/index.html#url=kat.cr

The KAT team usually informs us that the bad advertiser will be removed, so the warning should disappear after Google reviews it.

How to turn off Google Chrome phishing & malware warnings

To access kat.cr and other torrent websites using Google Chrome without having to click details and visit the site every time you leave the site and return you can turn off phishing and malware warnings using the instructions below. Otherwise, just click details and visit the site until the option expires.

  1. In the top-right corner of the browser window, click the Chrome menu (customize and control Google Chrome).
  2. Select Settings and go to Show advanced settings.
  3. Under “Privacy,” uncheck the box “Enable phishing and malware protection.”

RELATED: How to disable phishing and malware protection on Google Chrome

A privacy reminder from Google

A privacy reminder from Google

You may have noticed a privacy reminder from Google when visiting Google recently and wondered what it is. The reminder is there to outline a change Google has made concerning the data they process and why they made the change. The privacy reminder from Google briefly states that they process information about the videos you watch, the devices you use, your IP address, cookie data, and location when you search for content on Google Maps or watch a video on YouTube. This also includes when you use apps or sites that use Google services like advertisements, Analytics, and YouTube video player.

privacy reminder from google

The privacy reminder from Google states that they collect your data to help their services deliver more useful and customized content. They claim shit is to help them deliver more relevant search results to you, improve the quality of their services they provide, deliver ads based on your interests (including things like searches you’ve done or videos you’ve watched on YouTube), improve security by protecting against fraud and abuse, and conduct analytics and measurement to understand how our services are used.

The company claims that when you use Google services like Maps, Search, or YouTube, you generate information: places you go, stuff you like, and people you know. This information can help make Google products work better for you in many ways.

You can choose to read and agree to the privacy reminder from Google or you can select to read it later to get rid of the box in Google search results pages. You can also select other options to control your privacy settings such as search customization to control whether or not search results are affected by search activity in your browser. You can customize advertisement settings, customize YouTube settings, and more. You can manage your Google privacy settings anytime here: myaccount.google.com.

Read the privacy reminder from Google below:

To be consistent with data protection laws, we’re asking you to take a moment to review key points of Google’s Privacy Policy. This isn’t about a change we’ve made — it’s just a chance to review some key points.

Data we process when you use Google

  • When you search for a restaurant on Google Maps or watch a video on YouTube, for example, we process information about that activity – including information like the video you watched, device IDs, IP addresses, cookie data, and location.
  • We also process the kinds of information described above when you use apps or sites that use Google services like ads, Analytics, and the YouTube video player.

Why we process it

We process this data for the purposes described in our policy, including to:

  • Help our services deliver more useful, customized content such as more relevant search results;
  • Improve the quality of our services and develop new ones;
  • Deliver ads based on your interests, including things like searches you’ve done or videos you’ve watched on YouTube;
  • Improve security by protecting against fraud and abuse; and
  • Conduct analytics and measurement to understand how our services are used.

Combining data

We also combine data among our services and across your devices for these purposes. For example, we use data from trillions of search queries to build spell-correction models that we use across all of our services, and we combine data to alert you and other users to potential security risks.
a privacy reminder from google

The Pirate Bay undergoing “Database maintenance”

The Pirate Bay undergoing “Database maintenance”

If you try to access ThePirateBay (TPB) at this moment you will land on a blank webpage which says “Database maintenance, please check back in 10 minutes.” Although this message has been up for longer than 10 minutes it is not uncommon for the TPB website and should not be a cause for concern.

ThePirateBay Database maintenance

The Pirate Bay website is still accessible via the Tor network, including the popular Pirate Browser. The Tor traffic goes through a separate server and works just fine.

More information will be updated.

RELATED: The Pirate Bay is down!