How many people and companies have your phone number if you had to guess? Maybe a hundred? Think again.
Want to be shocked? Your cellphone and landline number (if you still have one) are probably posted online where I found mine – at a people search site that doesn’t cost a dime. Tap or click here for 4 sites that let you search for phone numbers.
By the way, should you find your phone number at the No. 1 site on that list, take these steps to remove it.
Your phone number can do a lot of damage in the wrong hands. It’s an easy way for someone to connect you to a leaked password or even intercept your two-factor authentication codes. Tap or click for a safer way to lock down your accounts.
No matter how long you’ve had your phone number, it’s never too late to start being more discreet with it. Here are a few ways to do just that:
Google Voice is a free service that gives you a phone number that you can use for just about anything. It works for both domestic and international phone calls and texts and voicemails.
I first set up a Google Voice number when I listed a house for rent online. When that number called, I knew what the call was concerning.
It’s easy to get your own number right on your phone. All you need is a Google account to get started.
• Download the Google Voice app for iOS or Android.
• Open the app and sign in to your Google account.
• Review the terms of privacy and tap Accept or Continue to proceed.