Using Call Forwarding To Protect Your Privacy

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Personal protection is more important than ever today. With identity theft, scammers and intrusive telemarketers trying to get to your personal information, it’s important to use safeguards that protect your information and prevent you from being scammed. Most people think about protecting personal information such as home phone number and address, but if you run a business, you also need to think about protecting your business information.

If you run a business where you use your mobile number as your primary contact, you should consider call forwarding to protect your privacy. As you don’t always know who will be calling your business line, it’s best to keep that number private or use a virtual number that forwards to your main line. Because it is possible for people to find an address from a blocked number, and if they have the resources to locate the owner of a mobile number, you can protect your personal and business information by having your calls forwarded to your business line .

How Call Forwarding Works

When using this feature, the provider will assign you a virtual number. Your real phone number will be linked to this virtual number. When a customer dials the virtual number, it automatically rings your phone. The virtual number is not traceable back to you, so you can keep your information private.

You can attach the number to any phone to receive calls on your cell phone, at home or in the office. If you want business calls to ring at your home while you work from home, call forwarding will redirect the call to your home, but the customer will never know you are at home. Your customers don’t realize they’re being connected to a different number when they call because the transfer is seamless and feels like a normal call.

How does this protect your privacy

With the advancement of online searches, people can now do a reverse search. This allows someone to enter a phone number and receive the owner’s name and address. If the person is willing to pay a small fee, they may also be able to receive more personal information about the owner of that phone number. This puts a lot of personal information at everyone’s fingertips, and when you run a business, you don’t necessarily want everyone to know about your personal business.

When you use a virtual number, a special number is assigned to you through a calling company. When a customer dials the number, they are still connected to their normal phone, but you will not appear as the owner of the virtual number. This means that all your personal information remains confidential. If a customer looks up your phone number and is able to locate personal information such as your address, you risk them showing up at your home or business unannounced. By using call forwarding, you don’t have to worry about unannounced visitors or people using your information unethically.

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About the Author: Peter Beaumont

Peter Beaumont is a senior reporter on Daily Mid Time Global Development desk. He has reported extensively from conflict zones including Africa, the Balkans and the Middle East and is the author of The Secret Life of War: Journeys Through Modern Conflict. Email: