Protect Your Privacy: Block Your Phone Number or Display A Fake Phone Number

At some point or other, we’ve all had the desire or need to make a phone call yet did not wish to reveal our phone number.  Below are three methods of phone number blocking that work and can be enacted immediately.

1. Use a caller ID blocking prefix. In many countries, you can enter a code before you dial a number and your phone number will be blocked from appearing on the recipient’s caller ID. The code varies depending on your country and your service provider, and it is not possible to block in all countries. Enter the prefix, followed immediately by the number you are dialing. For example, if you are in the US and want to call (555)123-4567, you would enter *675551234567.

  • North America – *67 or #31#
  • Albania, Australia, Denmark, Greece, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden, Norway: #31#
  • Argentina, Iceland, Switzerland, South Africa: *31*
  • Germany: *31# or #31#
  • Hong Kong: 133
  • Japan: 184
  • UK and Ireland: 141
  • New Zealand: 0197 (Telecom) or *67 (Vodafone)
  • Australia: 1831 or #31#
  • India: *31# – Must be enabled by network.
  • If your country is not listed, chances are you can use either *67 or #31#. Most GSM mobile networks work with #31#.

2. Contact your carrier. If you want all of your phone calls to always be blocked, you can contact your carrier and set up permanent Caller ID blocking. There is typically a charge for this, and the fees and terms will vary from carrier to carrier.

  • Most pre-paid plans cannot enable permanent Caller ID blocking.
  • Some people have Anonymous Call Rejection enabled, which means your call will not be able to be completed unless you call from an unblocked number.

3. Hide your number through your device’s settings. Many phones allow you to block your Caller ID information by changing the phone’s settings. If your phone does not have the option to do this, then it is not allowed by your carrier, and you will have to try one of the previous steps.

  • iPhone – Open the Settings app, tap Phone, tap Show My Caller ID, and then toggle the slider to ON.
  • Android 4.0 and earlier – Open the Settings app, tap Call, tap “Additional settings”, tap Caller ID, and then tap “Hide number”.
  • Android 4.1 and later – Open the Phone app, tap the Menu button, tap “Call settings”, tap Caller ID, tap “Hide number”.
  • Windows Phone 8 – Open the Phone app, tap the More button (…), tap “settings”, tap the box under “Show my caller ID to”, tap “no one” or “my contacts”.
  • BlackBerry – Press the Menu key, click Options, click General Options, find the Restrict My Identity field, set it to Always.

Fake Phone Number: If however you wish to display a fake phone number, try one of the many apps available that do just that – pop up a fake phone number on your target’s phone.  A new app on the market also allows you to change your voice to sound like a man or a woman: FakeCallerID.  Let’s bear in mind that ultimately, all fake phone numbers are logged somewhere and if necessary, law enforcement can certainly obtain these records.

BNI Operatives: Situationally aware.

As always, stay safe.

Telegram: Secretly Text, No Tracebacks & With A Self-Destruct Timer

Telegram – the new era of secure messaging

Virtually every day we read about a politician, a CEO or even a lawyer (let’s let Michael Cohen breathe for a moment) who has become legally jammed up – sometimes criminally –  based on their outlandish statements in text, email or other electronic device method.  Anyone with a pulse and access to a smartphone or laptop at this point believes that “everything” is stored in perpetuity “somewhere”.

Well, along comes a messaging app like no other, Telegram – ushering in a new era of safe messaging that you absolutely control.  Let’s get right to Telegram’s benefits:

Why switch to Telegram?

Private

Telegram messages are heavily encrypted and can self-destruct.

Cloud-Based

Telegram lets you access your messages from multiple devices.

Fast

Telegram delivers messages faster than any other application.

Distributed

Telegram servers are spread worldwide for security and speed.

Open

Telegram has an open API and protocol free for everyone.

Free

Telegram is free forever. No ads. No subscription fees.

Secure

Telegram keeps your messages safe from hacker attacks.

Powerful

Telegram has no limits on the size of your media and chats.

What can you do with Telegram?

Connect

from most remote locations.

Coordinate

groups of up to 100000 members.

Synchronize

your chats across all your devices.

Send

documents of any type.

Encrypt

personal and business secrets.

Destruct

your messages with a timer.

Store

your media in the cloud.

Build

your own tools on our API.

Available

on every native platform (web version, macOS, PC, MAC, Linux).

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We’ve tested Telegram ourselves for several months now and will use no other messaging service – or even email all that much any longer.  Our favorite feature is the self-destruct timer (which can be set anywhere from one second to one year or more) and, as it’s end to end encrypted,  NO COPIES OF YOUR CHAT OR ATTACHMENTS ARE STORED ON ANY SERVERS ANYWHERE.  Our second favorite feature is that in Secret Chat mode, you can’t even screen shot or forward the conversation.  Finally, there’s no file size limit.
Happy Telegramming!
BNI Operatives: Situationally aware.
As always, stay safe.
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