Who Called Me and How Did They Get My Information?
We’ve all had those unknown numbers that call, and call, and call. More frustrating than the missed calls, though, is the question: how did they get my number?
Sometimes, it can seem like you get phone calls from unknown numbers or telemarketers once or twice a week. These callers don’t usually leave messages, and their phone numbers are often untraceable. You wonder how these people got your phone number in the first place. In what way do they get ahold of your information? One way, of course, is that telemarketers collect information you share online. To make sure you’re keeping your privacy as well as you can, make sure to quickly run DFNDR’s Security Scan feature. Regularly run a Security Scan to ensure that your device isn’t infected with viruses or security breaches:
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The more information you share online, the easier it is for telemarketers to find your number — and to learn lots of information about your life. In the age of Big Data, companies can find out all about you: public records, census data, your Likes, your Tweets, and even your personal information, like your phone number shared on Facebook. Additionally, companies, including credit bureaus and department stores, sell the information you’ve used to sign up for things like store credit cards. Share wisely online — you never know who might find you.
Even if you haven’t given your number away to anyone, sophisticated technologies can generate hundreds of thousands of randomized telephone numbers in no time. A robo-caller might have come up with your phone number out of thin air.