Personal protection is more important today than ever. With identity theft, scammers, and intrusive telemarketers trying to obtain your personal information, it is important to use security measures that protect your information and prevent you from being scammed. Most people think about protecting personal information, such as your home address and phone number, but if you run a business, you should also think about protecting your business information.
If you have a business where you use your mobile phone number as the primary contact, you should consider using call forwarding to protect your privacy. Since you don’t always know who will call your business line, it is best to keep that number private or use a virtual number that is forwarded to your main line. Since it is possible for people to locate an address from a blocked number, and if they have the resources to locate the owner of a cell phone number, you can protect your personal and business information by having your calls diverted 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 will automatically ring their phone. The virtual number is not traceable to you, so you can keep your information private.
You can attach the number to any phone, so you can receive calls on your mobile phone, at home or in the office. If you want business calls to come to your home while working from home, call forwarding will redirect the call to your home, but the customer will never know you are home. Your customers don’t realize they are connected to a different number when they call as the transfer is seamless and looks like a normal phone call.
How you 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 receive more personal information about the owner of that phone number. This puts a great deal of personal information at anyone’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, you are assigned a special number through a calling company. When a customer dials the number, they are still connected to their regular 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 can locate personal information, such as your address, they run the risk of it showing up at your home or business without prior notice. By using call forwarding, you don’t have to worry about unannounced visitors or people using your information in an unethical way.