Nobody likes unsolicited phone calls, but it can be hard to combat this menace of the modern age. With a little effort, though, there are several options available to users keen to block spam callers.

We covered this topic fairly recently, explaining the simplest solution: blocking nuisance calls each time they come in, so the same scamsters can’t pester you twice. Follow our guide for full instructions.

Though effective, it’s a fairly hands-on response to the problem. Isn’t there a simpler way? Well, lucky for us the guys over at MacWorld have recently suggested two alternatives. It’s worth reading the full article for details, but the gist is as follows:

1. Enable Do Not Disturb mode, with “Allow Calls From” set to All Contacts. This stops anyone whose number you don’t already know from getting in touch, but it has its downsides – it means keeping Do Not Disturb activated at all times, which will limit the alerts you receive from other sources.

2. Use the Hiya service to automatically protect you from automated and spam calls. Simply visit the Hiya website, enter your phone number and then download the app when you receive a link via text message. Once configured, the app cross-references calls against its huge worldwide database of numbers to automatically detect and block spam.

There you go – take your pick of your favorite way to reduce the number of random phone calls you get.