First Facebook, and now Twitter. On Tuesday, Twitter admitted that it allowed marketers to access the phone numbers that users had registered with the site. Many had given their numbers to enable two-factor authentication (2FA)—that process where a website sends you a text message to verify it’s really you who’s logging in. Users didn’t realize they were also allowing marketers to verify who they are in order to build better advertising profiles incorporating Twitter user data. (Twitter says this was an inadvertent mistake and that it has closed the hole.) That’s especially scary because our phone numbers have become powerful tools to identify and track us, not just for companies but for anyone who wants to look up our personal information stored in a myriad of public records such as court filings, voter registration, real estate transactions, and marriage records. Twitter’s admission is a nasty case of déjà vu, since Facebook admitted to … [Read more...] about Stop giving companies your phone number. Do this instead
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Personal Tech Log In Log In Today’s Paper Personal Tech | I Shared My Phone Number. I Learned I Shouldn’t Have. Advertisement Supported by Tech Fix Our personal tech columnist asked security researchers what they could find out about him from just his cellphone number. Quite a lot, it turns out. ByBrian X. Chen Aug 15, 2019 For most of our lives, we have been conditioned to share a piece of personal information without a moment’s hesitation: our phone number. We punch in our digits at the grocery store to get a member discount or at the pharmacy to pick up medication. When we sign up to use apps and websites, they often ask for our phone number to verify our identity. This column will encourage a new exercise. Before you hand over your number, ask yourself: Is it worth the risk? This question is crucial now that our primary phone numbers … [Read more...] about I Shared My Phone Number. I Learned I Shouldn’t Have.
Maureen Feighan The Detroit News Published 5:31 PM EDT May 16, 2019 In September of last year, Tom and Elisabeth Strek of Macomb Township said goodbye to something that had been in their family for nearly seven decades, through marriages, children, illness, and all of life's twist and turns: their phone number. The number had once been Tom's parents home number in St. Clair Shores. So when Tom and Eddie (she goes by Eddie instead of Elizabeth) moved into the old bungalow where he'd grown up, naturally, they took the phone number as well. Five years ago, the Streks, who later moved to Macomb Township, switched that same number from a land line to a cell phone. But last September, it was time to say goodbye. "We were very sad because it was his (Tom's) parents' number from 1949 but (we) couldn’t justify the cost," said Eddie in an email. It's funny how attached we can get to something like a phone number or an email address. A series of numbers -- and letters and … [Read more...] about cutting cord on phone numbers email addresses
Block a phone number on your iPhone in just four quick taps. Unblocking a number is equally easy, so you can always change your mind later. Blocking a number on iPhone comes in handy with spam phone calls, which are a modern scourge with no end in sight; one security firm estimates that, by the end of this year, as much as half of all calls received by cell phones will be scam calls. According to research conducted by the communication security firm First Orion, by the end of 2019, nearly 50% of all cell phone calls will be scams. The pain is real, friends; I know it beyond the research, because I deal with it myself. A quick scroll through the phone log of my iPhone 8 Plus reveals a call ratio of easily ten to one junk calls compared to calls from actual human beings with whom I have any interest in speaking. These days, if I don’t recognise a number and I’m not expecting a specific call at a predetermined time, I never answer my phone. Often, I don’t even … [Read more...] about How to block a phone number on your iPhone
MANILA - Nagbabala sa mga motorista ang Department of Transportation (DOTR) Miyerkoles tungkol sa isang pekeng Facebook page ng Land Transportation Office (LTO) na naniningil umano sa pamamagitan ng money transfer. Batay sa imbestigasyon ng DOTR, ilan sa mga inaalok na serbisyo online ng naturang pekeng Facebook page na may 4,000 followers ay ang plate printing, registration, at pag-iisyu ng driver's license. Nilinaw ng DOTr na hindi nakikipagtransaksyon ang LTO sa pamamagitan ng text messge at mga couriers. Hindi rin anila tumatanggap ang LTO ng bayad sa pamamagitan ng SMART Padala. Payo ng DOTr sa mga motorista, magtungo sa mga tanggapan ng LTO para sa mga transaksyon at i-report sa kanila ang anumang kaparehong modus. Bisitahin ang Patrol.PH para sa iba pang mga balita. … [Read more...] about DOTR nagbabala laban sa pekeng LTO Facebook page