Social media is now one of the most popular online resources. Facebook has about a billion users, and its closest competitors Instagram and Twitter have several hundred million users each. Social networks are mainly built on the idea of sharing posts, photos and personal information, and they now act as forums that organise people and enable them to express their views. But are they so safe to use?
To register on almost any popular social network or messenger you need to go through an SMS verification procedure. That means you’ll have to enter your mobile phone number and receive a verification code to create an account. In practice, this prevents many algorithms and malware from getting rid of bots and spammers on social networks. But for regular users who don’t want to make their numbers “public”, the system is dangerous because there is a risk that they will give information to fraudsters. This is evidenced by the recent hack of the WhatsApp database, which compromised around a billion numbers of messenger users.
So in today’s article, we’re going to discuss various ways to help you use almost any social network anonymously without fear of personal information leaks. But first, let’s take a look at how your personal phone number could fall into the hands of cybercriminals.
What can scammers find out from your phone number?
Phone numbers are used not only to register on social networks and messengers, but also to activate bonus cards, profiles on message boards and dating sites. But how safe is it to use a personal phone number for such tasks and how do fraudsters take advantage of it.
A phone number is inextricably linked to a wealth of information about each person. Suffice it to say that the SIM card itself can only be registered with a passport, and by posting your phone number online you are essentially telling everyone you meet everything about yourself.
As a rule, all stolen phone numbers are sold to various spammers and advertising companies, after which you start receiving a huge number of advertising messages and calls. To get rid of this kind of spam is very difficult, because most often for such mailings involved a huge number of fake phone numbers and to block them all is simply impossible. The only thing that can help you get rid of spam is to change your phone number.
How do I bypass phone number verification during online registration?
But what do you do in situations where you need to register with a particular resource, but can only do so using your phone number? A virtual phone number to receive SMS is ideal for situations like this.
A virtual number to receive SMS is a cellular number which is available only on the internet, and can be used for a limited period of time to receive text messages. The main advantage of this service is that no personal details are required, and the virtual number is in no way linked to the location of the user or their device. The number is easy to use, all you need is an Internet connection and any device.
Where can I get a virtual number to register?
One of the easiest and most budget-friendly ways would be to use the SMS-man platform. This company has been in operation for a number of years and has a number of advantages over its competitors. The website design is user-friendly and easy to use, so it will take you only a few minutes to get a virtual number. They have a wide range of countries and services to help you register with any website or app.
Here is step-by-step instruction on how to use SMS-man:
- Create a personal account on sms-man.com or login via any social network.
- Find the button on the left menu and click on it. Then make a deposit of necessary amount to buy virtual phone number. Price depending on country of mobile operator and registered service varies from a few to ten cents per one SMS.
- Choose country and service for registration and confirm receipt of virtual number by pressing ‘Buy’ button.
- After these simple steps virtual number will be automatically added to your account.
From that moment you may use it for registration. Enter it in registration form in the chosen service and receive activation code in your personal cabinet on SMS-man website. This way you can get an unlimited number of completely anonymous phone numbers for registrations. The only limitation is your budget.
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