“Porting” “Porting Out” cell phone hijacking [wod]

https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/blogs/techftc/2016/06/your-mobile-phone-account-could-be-hijacked-identity-thief Word of the Day:  Porting Out – when someone pretending to be you convinces a store in another state to “upgrade” your phone, the one in your pocket stops working immediately.  Even in the middle of a phone call. This is an increasing tactic used by criminals, and retail stores are not always careful […]

“Do Not Call” List and Protecting Your Real Phone Number

The Federal Trade Commission runs the USA “do not call” registry.   Sign up to reduce marketing calls to your phone: https://donotcall.gov/ To find information (FAQ = frequently asked questions), this site has a nice clear description: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0108-national-do-not-call-registry. It might be easy to be cynical about the usefulness of such a registry for honest telemarketers, since […]

Hushed Phone

https://hushed.com/blog/ For not a lot of money, a short term temporary (burner) phone number (you don’t have to buy a separate phone, signup, etc etc), just use the app, call, SMS, voicemail, in a variety of countries. Based out of Ottawa (other side of an international border), it is not immediately under domestic three-letter-agency governance.   […]