New iPhone App Allows Users to Create Temporary Phone Numbers
Ad Hoc Labs has developed a brand new iPhone app that allows users to create multiple temporary phone numbers that can be used to call/text others anonymously. The app is called “Burner,” which also is a street term used to describe prepaid phones or other lines that are used for drug deals, or to simply avoid some sort of surveillance.
Each number has limited use, but it does allow you to call or text like you normally would a regular phone. The app simply redirects the fake number to your real number and can be deleted any time you’d like. This raises some interesting legal questions, and certainly opens avenues for abuse.
Accordingly, if you’ve been receiving spam, or fake calls, then you can click to find out who owns a phone number, however, if they’re using this app, then it might not be that easy. There are many more reverse look-up sites that can provide different levels of information on the owner of a number too. Apparently some are able to recognize if the number has been routed through an app like the one mentioned above, so keep researching different reverse phone lookup sites if you are struggling to get the answers that you need.
Anyway, I don’t know about you but whenever I hear stories like this, I always feel compelled to boost my home security. The idea that criminals could use a temporary phone number to coordinate a break-in or a robbery for example without detection absolutely terrifies me.
With this in mind, I have been doing a lot of research into some of the latest developments in home security technology. I already have a brilliant Monitored alarm in place, but I would quite like to get some surveillance cameras for additional peace of mind.
There has been a few burglaries in our area recently, and I know that our neighbors have just purchased a brand new home security system so I might ask them for some recommendations. To be honest, we have a few home improvement projects planned for this year, so it makes sense to improve our security system at the same time.
Going back to the story about temporary phone numbers though, I am just so worried about all of this.
According to the site:
“Need a phone number for a day, a week, a month or more? Create a Burner number for your iPhone in less than 30 seconds. Give out a number without fear of having your real phone number compromised. Publish your number to Twitter or Facebook and see what happens! Be in full control Turn off inbound SMS notifications or rings quickly and easily. Manage all your inbound calls, SMS messages, and voicemails in one place. Done with the number? It’s easy (and fun) to “burn” the number, taking it out of service and wiping it from your phone as if it never existed!”
The app is being sold for $1.99 at the iTunes app store, and I’m sure it’s going to be abused as much as possible. What do you think?