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Old 08-15-2019, 08:26 PM   #1
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When They've Got Your Cellphone Number, They've Really Got Your Number


In the New York Times, Brian Chen shares his research into just how much information about you someone can discover it he or she has your cellphone number.

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Emre Tezisci, a security researcher at Fyde with a background in telecommunications, took on the task with gusto. He and I had never met or talked. He quickly plugged my cellphone number into a public records directory. Soon, he had a full dossier on me — including my name and birth date, my address, the property taxes I pay and the names of members of my family.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/15/t...ldnt-have.html

I know that you can learn a lot from land line numbers also, but land lines are used for only one purpose--telephoning (sending a fax is still a telephone call). Chen suggests that the multiple uses of cell phones, particularly "smart" phones, makes them especially revealing.

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Old 08-15-2019, 09:29 PM   #2
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Whenever a business, etc, needs my phone number I always give them my landline, because I like having my cell just for family and friends which has the added benefit of screening for telemarketers/scammers. Also, I absolutely detest talking on cell phones, well phones in general but cells more so. So much so that when a family member or friend calls my cell I call them right back from my landline. So, I guess without realizing it I've kept myself relatively safe?

Thanks for the interesting read
 
Old 08-16-2019, 09:12 AM   #3
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Don't you get telemarketers and scammers on your landline then? I get them all the time.
 
Old 08-16-2019, 09:18 AM   #4
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I just hung up, then I block their number and report them as Spam.

Problem solved, until they ring on a different number
 
Old 08-17-2019, 03:49 AM   #5
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I guess if your phone is your office business hardware used daily/weekly. Bluetooth headsets. The works.

I could see how this will be a problem. Since being accessible is a job priority. I was lucky to not suffer from this ailment. My field of expertise back when I punched a time clock was in the trade field. Before the tech age really got rolling. Part of ny later years was spent converting old Punch Press and auto conveyor analog controlled gear to PLC controlled gear.

I run mine daily. But turn it off to conserve battery life probably more than others in the business world to conserve battery life.

Plus riding the motorcycle. I don't do phone except for GPS. I pull over and turn the phone on though when I wish to check something. Turn it back off after writing down notes on paper. I do not do turned on phone and drive. I need no further distractions because of my preferred mode of achieving Ludicrous Speed on a daily drive.

Tech world is getting pretty complicated. My re-course in my limited skill set is turn things off when not needed.
 
  


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