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If you make your number private, the person you are calling won’t see your real number. In our day to day lives, we are often required to call several people. Unfortunately for many people revealing our phone numbers to unknown people can lead to incidents of threat and malicious activity. So, by making your mobile number private, you can avoid all potential problems and at the same time improve your personal cybersecurity.
There are times when making calls from your mobile phone that you may not want the recipient to see your number. For example when you want to anonymously report something to the authorities, ring a business that you’re worried may harvest the number for marketing purposes, or even to make a prank call to someone who will already have your number stored. So how do you withhold your mobile number when making a call?
How to make your number private before calling someone in the UK:
If you don’t want to hide your number permanently, but only before making a particular call, it’s so easy to do…
Although protecting your privacy and personal details in this digital age may not seem easy, you can start with safeguarding the most basic functions of your phone: calls and messages. Whether you’re dealing with telemarketer calls, automated messages, or an acquaintance you’d rather not hear from, you need to start looking into ways to prevent these calls from getting through to you.
For example, in the US, one way to take control and minimise the number of unwanted calls you receive is by adding your phone number to the National Do Not Call Registry. It’s backed by the Federal Trade Commission, and any legitimate businesses that wish to make sales calls must obey it and not call you.
Telemarketing calls – can you stop them by making your number private?
Threatening texts or calls
If you get a threatening text or call you should always first contact the police. Then tell your telecoms provider.
When you report nuisance calls, the provider must:
1) run a trace to find out who threatened you and report that to the police
2) help you to stop the person from contacting you
3) You can find out more information from your telco
Another way is by switching to a private number. Other advantages of doing this are:
*When calling back a number you don’t recognize, having a private phone number can protect you from scammers and spam. For example, you might miss a call from an unrecognizable number and want to make sure it wasn’t important. It could be a missed opportunity! Having a private number will let you make these calls risk-free.
*If you use a long-term private number service, you’ll be immune to many robocall lists that could have ended up bugging you all day.
*Keep your phone data from being sold by predatory companies that capitalize on breaching your privacy.
*You’ll be extra safe from hackers if you choose to block your phone number online.
*On the fun side, freely make prank calls to your friends or family without them already knowing it’s you!
There are of course several reason why you should NOT hide or withhold your number:
Most obviously, people who have your mobile number saved in their handsets will no longer be able to tell who you are before they decide to accept the call. That might be a problem as hidden caller IDs are often associated with spam callers these days, and some people choose not to answer calls unless the caller is identified. You can even set your phone to automatically reject anonymous calls and send them to voicemail, letting you sort the wheat from the chaff. If you’re suddenly finding nobody is picking up, this could be the reason why!
Before the onslaught of the pandemic, you probably didn’t use your mobile/cell phone to make phone calls very much. Now carriers are reporting surges in calls as we seek more personal connections while following social distancing guidelines. Did you know that you can also make phone calls using your computer, laptop, or tablet?
Not everyone you call needs or should have your personal phone number. Get extra numbers and give whichever number you want to whoever you want without ever giving your personal number.
Other ways to make your number private are:
On an individual call basis, you can’t beat *67 at hiding your number. This trick works for smartphones and landlines. Open your phone’s keypad and dial * – 6 – 7, followed by the number you’re trying to call. The free process hides your number, which will show up on the other end as “Private” or “Blocked” when reading on caller ID. You will have to dial *67 each time you want your number blocked.
If you own an iPhone or Android device, automatically block your number by adjusting one simple setting. Your number will appear private for every call you make.
How to block your number ie. make your number private, on iPhone:
To block or hide your number on Android phone:
To reverse this feature on Android, choose “Show number” or “Network default”
You can also use *82 to unblock your number in case your call gets rejected temporarily. Some providers and users will automatically block private numbers, so using this code will help you bypass this filter.
Ask your network provider to block your number
Not every device has the same process for blocking your phone number, and it’s a pain to block on a per-call basis. That’s where your wireless carrier can help. If you’re using a different kind of phone (or want the lines on your account private), ask your network provider to block all outgoing calls.
Once your network provider sets you up with a private number, you can still use *82 if you run into call rejection. This step temporarily unblocks your number on a per-call basis.
Don´t dial from your own number and use a burner app – A burner app might be what you need if you’re not keen on mucking around with your phone or carrier settings. These apps use your internet data to make calls, which effectively gives your phone a second number to use..
Apps that you will come across and that are most popular are:
Burner is one of the most popular apps on iOS and Android devices for good reason. You can use the app to route your calls directly to your secondary number, which means you don’t even need to bother hiding it. The app comes with a 7-day free trial and costs $5 per line per month afterward.
Google Voice lets you choose a new phone number to make voice calls, texts and audio messages for free. All you’ll need to get started is an active Google account. Unlike the other options, you don’t need to pay a monthly fee with Google Voice. It uses your existing phone minutes and data, but the number that shows will be your Google Voice number.
Whether you’re on mobile or a landline, there are plenty of useful codes that can help you control your privacy. Here’s a list of some of the most common star codes you can use with your touch-tone keypad.
*57 – Trace Call: Traces the number of the last incoming call received. Useful when the call warrants legal action.
*60 – Call Block: Prevents calls from select phone numbers and gives callers a recording that says you’re not accepting calls.
*67 – Caller ID Block: Hides your phone number on Caller ID systems.
*69 – Call Return: Redials the last number that called you.
*70 – Call Waiting: Places your call on hold so you can answer another.
*72 – Call Forwarding: Forward your call to another phone number.
*77 – Anonymous Call Rejection: Blocks calls from private callers.
*80 – Disable Call Block (*60)
*82 – Disable Caller ID Block (*67)
*87 – Disable Anonymous Call Rejection (*77)
You won’t get any sort of official notice if someone blocks your calls, but you can make an educated guess by looking for these signs.
Your calls are never answered – The first indication something’s up is you’re calling and sending text messages but you get no response. There are many reasons this might be happening, but a blocked number is one possibility. For most cases, texts you send will appear to go through normally, but the person you’re sending them to won’t receive them. Not hearing back is a sign that something might be wrong-
A single ring sends you to voicemail – If you call a phone and hear the normal number of rings before getting sent to voicemail, then it’s a normal call. If you’re blocked, you would only hear a single ring before being diverted to voicemail.
An unusual ring pattern doesn’t necessarily mean your number is blocked. It may just mean the person is talking to someone else at the same time you’re calling, has the phone off or sent the call directly to voicemail. Try again later. If the one-ring and straight-to-voicemail pattern persists, then it may be a case of a blocked number.
If you make a call and receive an automated message along the lines of “the customer is unavailable,” then you may have been blocked by that person’s wireless carrier. The messages can vary, but the result is the same. Your call won’t go through.
A blocked number isn’t the only reason for a message like this, but it can be a strong indication if you keep receiving the same message over several days.
It could be something else…Even if you suspect your number is blocked, don’t jump to conclusions. There may be a simple reason why your calls aren’t going through. There could be a network problem, the person may have the phone turned off, the battery is dead or they forgot to renew their monthly calling plan on time.
One possible way to still get through is to disguise your phone number from the other phone. There are ways to hide your number from caller ID, either by changing your call settings or by downloading an app that will handle it for you. Instead of simply blocking your phone number from appearing on caller ID or using the *67 technique, why not use a burner phone number instead? Using an app like Burner, you’re able to easily sign up for a second phone number that, when called or texted, will send those calls and messages straight through to your phone like normal. This way, your personal number stays private and nobody who is trying to contact you or vice versa knows that you’re intentionally trying to hide your number. It’s a practical, long-term solution that allows anybody, from salespeople and business owners to casual daters and freelancers to protect their privacy.
You may not even think of your phone number as personal information. After all, you’re asked to give it out all the time, right? Every website you visit, social media you sign up with, even physical shops and stores you walk into–they all desperately want a way to contact you and they’re not satisfied with just email. Nobody checks their email. Everybody has a “junk mail” email address they use for precisely these situations. However, there are apps and services which will allow you to change your number to pretty much anything. These services will require you to call via alternate channels to your current supplier who are unlikely to allow any changes, but you’ll find alternative solutions are low cost and work well, especially the non-VoIP services.
Most common reasons for a person to make their number private and use another number are:
• When buying or selling something online or placing an ad anywhere, a disposable or burner number means you don’t have to deal with calls once you have completed your business.
“Now I don’t need to pay for two mobiles and just the one mobile is much easier to carry around!”
“I love that I can make a call & display any number
I choose too”
“I can now phone customers direct from my mobile without exposing my personal number."
“One phone, One phone contract yet I’ve got 3 separate numbers linked to it!”
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