Keep unwanted spam messages at bay with Auto Block

By Alicia Erlich on 21 Mar 2014 03:40 pm EDT
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Depending on the account I am currently using, I do tend to receive spam texts, unwanted advertisements, or phishing emails. No matter how many times I keep marking them as spam they keep coming and are quite annoying. Over the years I have tried quite a few blockers and decided to give Auto Block a whirl.

Unlike other blockers which may focus on monitoring one account, this one automatically filters your email, SMS, and PIN messages and deletes them on BlackBerry 10.

The application itself is pretty straightforward, you have access to your logs, blocked messages, all of your accounts/conversations, and keywords. Keyword filtering is quite useful as it allows you to enter in specific words common to those junk emails, whether it be in the subject or body, up to a specific threshold and then be marked as spam accordingly.

For blocking emails, texts and PINs, you can easily tap and hold on a conversation to block or unblock and access your accounts by using the drop down list at the top of the tab.

Features

  • Native Cascades app with beautiful graphics, transitions, and animations. App incorporates all the flow gestures BlackBerry 10 is known for!
  • App is headless! No need to keep the UI running all the time to do the blocking.
  • Simple, clean and attractive UI with focus on the best user experience.
  • Supports all your email accounts, PIN account, and SMS account so that all spammers can be managed.
  • Easy to unblock blocked contacts, and clear blocked lists.
  • Filtering by Keyword in message Subjects support to block spammers who constantly change their email addresses and SMS numbers.
  • Built-in reporter/updater to discover spammers through other Auto Block users!
  • User-level optimizations to only load messages from a certain number of days ago to reduce load times.
  • Block spammers directly from the BlackBerry 10 Hub by pressing-and-holding on the email and selecting Auto Block!
  • Logging pane available to see all the previously blocked messages as well as message subject/body previews.
  • Completely silent app and will not disrupt your usage when messages are blocked. You have the option to turn on and off the sound alerts.
  • Simple and straightforward tutorials and instructions.
  • Unlimited number of addresses can be put into blocked list.
  • Stable and mature app: Thoroughly tested over the iterations to prevent all crashes, and has been written with performance and usability in mind.
  • Major focus on minimal battery life consumption: The app only reacts when messages arrive on the specific accounts activated and not any others thus reducing CPU usage.
  • Built-in bug-reporter.
  • Active frame shows the last message that was blocked or the total number of messages that are blocked.
  • Permission validation: App recognizes when permissions may be turned off and is stable not to misbehave, but rather it will warn the user.

We all could do with a little less spam in our inboxes and this application is very resourceful as a firewall in that it monitors emails, texts and PIN messages. The developer is responsive to issues and you can access the bug report by swiping down from the top within the application. However, the only complaint some may have is the price at $4.99.

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45 comments

oakvillerelopro

Sounds good.

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Observation Junkie

Never get spam, very fortunate

Posted by the Crackberry Pirate

alpinechem

Well $5 is bit too much and some developers are taking advantage of BlackBerry users with ridiculous price.

masterful

Wait for it to go on sale... generally it will but yeah $5 is not good marketing and i will support them for making it native

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canadainc

Thank you for the input. The Canada Inc team is actually very small, we are a team dedicated exclusively to developing for the BlackBerry 10 platform. We have no income from any of the other platforms as we do not development for them. We also do not believe in putting advertisements in our apps to take away from the experience and thus we do not make money off this unlike other devs. This is one of the reasons for the higher than average pricing. We have numerous apps that we have up for free for absolutely no additional hidden fees (ie: OCT, Sweep, etc.). We are not a team that likes to take advantage of our loyal user base so this is definitely not our intention. However we should mention that our app is priced according to the amount of work we (a very very small team of devs) have put in. In terms of the feature set and the support that we give (email, as well as via BBM channel). These are some of the reasons for the pricing. However we will definitely explore options in the future for sales, and hopefully that will be a better incentive to be able to offer it to the rest of our CrackBerry users. Thank you again for the suggestions and comments, and we hope you will check out some of our other free apps.

canadainc

You will be happy to know that as of tomorrow for the period of 1-week, Auto Block will be going on sale for just $1.99 (down from $4.99)! We hope you enjoy the app. If you have any concerns please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

awindsr

I like the database from other users to block spam. Nice.

WorldwideRemix

If the dev offers a trial of this app, then I might be interested in purchasing it.

canadainc

Hi! You will be happy to know that as of tomorrow for the period of 1-week, Auto Block will be going on sale for just $1.99 (down from $4.99)! We hope you enjoy the app. If you have any concerns please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

koalaberry

The only spam that I have ever got was to my Gmail account. Stopped using Gmail - problem solved.

pick1eberry

How do you mark email as spam in BlackBerry 10 (before using the app)?

#Teamblackberry

CecilTsunami

I bought it. This is worth the price for me. I've been actively unsubscribing to spam all month and it's not going away. Make it go away.

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Prem WatsApp

Ouch.

Depends on the spam / spammer. Some are from legit sites where you registered or purchased, they will usually respect an unsubscribe request.

If it's a rogue spammer, by "unsubscribing", you are just letting them know your email address exists and is actively in use. So it won't stop, and your address just got more valuable, and can even be sold on.

Don't do it!

Zzzzwiped from a Zedevice....

texn884

dont unsubscribing it lets the slime balls know your email is good once you hit that unsubscribe button once it starts it dont end the bastards

Francis Pavolko

Have been using it and it is great.

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texn884

I think I am going to buy this i get so much spam from my sprint.blackberry.net email

alpinechem

You don't really need this app, all you have to log into your computer, set up your spam filter, create rules in your outlook and you pretty much set. Don't waste your money on the app that won't stop spams 100%.

xtremeled

I knew before even reading comments that a lot of you were gonna bitch about price. Boy, talk about tightwad cheapskates! I have a few other choice words but they would be blocked. You guys will spend 600.00 to get an unlocked phone and ditch a one year old phone for the latest and greatest but wont spend 5 bucks on something that literally saves you real time. Go Figure!!

gmsm

Totally agree with you. 5$ is not even a taxi, this app is native it should be supported. The developer told me he will add block calls feature once BlackBerry releases the API (hope that would happen)

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canadainc

Thank you to both of you for supporting our apps. Yes we are still waiting for BlackBerry to release the API, and anxiously waiting to add it into our feature set.

jupiter8

I absolutely agree. I could never understand the price complainers. Developers deserve to be paid. If it's a good app, and it appears so from the feedback, it's well worth the price. 5 bucks is nothing. It's a coffee in the morning.

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Beakman

Ahh, but they don't spend $600, they get the subsidized phone with the $800+ a year contract. No wonder they winge about $4.99. NTFB, are they?

drmike

If there is anything that can stop those annoying Fan box emails I'll pay anything.

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BerryRipe

Not to downplay the app but Power Tools has a blocking feature, I'm not certain that it does what this app does.

 BlackBerry Q10  KEEP THE FAITH

Smiley88

Yes. Power tools have sms and email blocking with advanced language message blocking.

canadainc

Hi, we have never used Power tools so we do not know its feature set. However if you would like to see a demo of what Auto Block offers, we have a tutorial video here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFoFPHxUF34

NYTOC83

I have a really odd comment.. I've never experienced any sort of spamming from BBM and I mean "never". No issues with the Curve, Torch, Z10 or even the Z30 now. One of my cousins has the iPhone 4.. lol no idea which version, but on his BBM he says he's been getting spammed left right and center from some really crazy triple-X BBM pin ID's.. He just got BBM literally a few weeks ago, so I'm curious, does this also protect outside BlackBerry clients as well or only us? I can't seem to find any explanation or forums on BBM ever spamming someone, if anyone has an iPhone 4S or 5.. can you let me know?

3_M4N

What pin IDs are spamming him? We need to know... for research.

Posted while peeking and flowing on my incredible BBQ10! 

NYTOC83

I'll find out as soon as I can, I told him to check his phone for 3rd party Apps from Apple that may have gotten a hold of his security pin and BBM pin, says he no longer has Viber or What's App, but my hunch is that those Apps already got his info and are now spamming out. I'll reply back with some ID's hopefully soon.

3_M4N

Auto Blocks! Rollout!
*in best Optimus Prime voice

Posted while peeking and flowing on my incredible BBQ10! 

Brian Persaud

Does it block first comments?

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drmike

God I really wish it did.

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Cigar_Dave

1.99 I would buy it all day long. 4.99 seems steep

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jupiter8

SPAM for you sir.

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canadainc

You will be happy to know that as of tomorrow for the period of 1-week, Auto Block will be going on sale for just $1.99 (down from $4.99)! We hope you enjoy the app. If you have any concerns please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

rjkolo

Cool I guess...but I manage my own mail server so no real need for me...but...a bit pricey too in my mind.

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Antoniius

Omg I need this. So sick of Bs emails.

Posted by Antoniius via my sexy white Q10.

Antoniius

Ty Alicia ty :)

Posted by Antoniius via my sexy white Q10.

drmike

Installed and in just an hour or so stopped lots of spam coming through.

Worth the price.

TY

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Dukun

I never used to get spam... maybe once a month... until I got my BlackBerry ID and gave feedback to the devs if Beach Buggy Blitz, Radio Player +, and maybe one other dev. I don't know who or what exactly is the reason for the huge uptick because I'm otherwise very careful not to give out my email address, but now I get like 60 a month! I may have to look into this.

canadainc

Hi, if you would like to see a demo of the app showing its various features, we have a tutorial video for you here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFoFPHxUF34

thank you to all of the users who are supporting our exclusive development to the BlackBerry 10 platform.

Dukun

Thanks for the video. On a separate note, I recently purchased your app "Exporter" and it is really great! It archived all my texts in a flash! And because I'm the cautious type and with it being native, I can then deny permissions when I'm not using it. Love it!

ots1960

Thanks to sites like Monster.com I need to give this a try, even though I have spam blockers setup on my Web service provider on occasion some spam still makes it to my phone. I usually check email via phone at any given time prior to opening on the PC which sorts it all out so this will come in handy big time.

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FastLane228

I definitely will buy it on the first sale that comes up, I'm adding to my watch list

BBZTEN

canadainc

Hi there. You will be happy to know that as of tomorrow for the period of 1-week, Auto Block will be going on sale for just $1.99 (down from $4.99)! We hope you enjoy the app. If you have any concerns please do not hesitate to reach out to us.