The Value of Your Cellphone Number: How to Keep It Safe?
Everything you use becomes an asset, even your cell phone number. Yes, it’s an intangible asset because it is a direct connection between you and the rest of the world. It is no less than a lifeline for your relationships, personal, or professional.
It is a private asset. Sure, you need to share it with your business prospects and relatives, but you can’t just share it with everyone you meet. It’s your identity, keep it safe just like you would with your social security and national number. If you’re still not convinced, consider the following:
- Your phone is your life; it safe keeps important information like email, social media, snaps, location tracking apps, etc. Your phone number allows people to access your device or worse, track your live location.
- Criminals can do more damage to your phone number than with a social security number. They can get into your text messages, email, private and banking information. Once a cybercriminal has your phone; the rest is readily available, even if your data is password protected.
- Your bank automatically connects with your number. So, once a criminal obtains your mobile, they can easily find your banking information. Worse, some companies sell your data. There are no rules or regulations. The government and authorities have no safe keeps in check.
- You can avoid giving your phone number by having two phones, one for your daily matters, and one to give out to prospects. This way, you can connect with prospects while keeping your information safe.
Why Should You Avoid a Dual Sim Phone?
It’s better if you have two cell phones instead of a dual sim. Your first phone is a smartphone. You don’t need an expensive backup phone; a feature phone will suffice. Following, we will discuss the common issues of a dual sim phone:
Dual Sim Phones drains batteries quicker. The phone spends more battery life in retaining signal on both sims. If the signal is low, the phone tries harder to get a signal. This extracts a toll on your battery.
Today, most phones are single sim. Even most flagship devices are not dual sim. Therefore, your options are limited when it comes to dual sim mobiles. If you are a heavy user, then it will be hard to find a dual sim smartphone that will suffice your needs.
Even worse, most dual sim variants of smartphone models have a few features removed. Yes, you will find the single sim variant to be more feature rich.
Smartphone settings can be overwhelming. Also of Location, WIFI, Bluetooth, Mobile Data, GPS, NFC, and Flight mode settings, you now must conjure Dual Sim settings. Moreover, you will have too many notifications. This is annoying especially during texting or call. The sim1 and sim2 signs are harder to bear with than you think.
If you are a tech-savvy person, and you have to give your number to online platforms for signing, why don’t you use a free phone number? You can view the sign-up code and other information without risking privacy.
A Few Safety Tips
Yes, you don’t have to hand out your business card to everyone in the street. It won’t help.
Today, it’s becoming nearly impossible to keep your phone number safe. But you can promise your safety if you follow these precautions:
Don’t Share Your Number
This is rule number 1. Be defensive against unwanted calls and texts. Where did they come from? How did your number get out? You must have given it to someone, a company, person, or website?
Sometimes, giving away your cell number makes an institution more prone to share it with third parties. Therefore, read the fine print. If it’s just a signup form, don’t put your number in it.
Stay Safe from the Cashier
At a grocery store, a cashier may ask for your number; it is not uncommon. Your phone number is no less than your home address. So, only give it out when needed.
Fight Malicious Calls
Scams and malicious marketing is a prolific business. Marketers continuously try to obtain your personal information and invade your privacy. They seek new ways to circumvent new laws. If you want to keep them away, keep yourself safe by:
- Registering your number on the “Do Not Call”
- Report Malicious calls to the authorities
- Keep from giving out your phone number
These tips will help keep your confidential information secure. Your cell phone number is not a plaything. It holds your critical data, the information you can’t afford to compromise. Therefore, you need to be headstrong about keeping it safe. If something keeps insisting, give a fake number because it’s safer than handing out your confidential information.
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