Personal protection is more important than ever today. With identity theft, scammers, and intrusive telemarketers trying to get a hold of your personal information, it’s important to use safeguards that protect your information and keep you from being scammed. Most people think of protecting personal information such as their home phone and address, but if you run a business you need to think about protecting your business information, too.
If you run a business where you use your mobile phone number as your primary contact, you should consider using call forwarding to protect your privacy. Since 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 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 they can locate the owner of a cell 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 actual phone number will be linked to this virtual number. When a client dials the virtual number, it will automatically ring through to your phone. The virtual number is not traceable to you, so you are able to 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’d like business calls to ring through to your home while you’re working from home, the call forwarding will redirect the call to your home, but the client will never know that you are at home. Your clients don’t realize that they are being connected to a different number when they call since the transfer is seamless and seems like a regular phone call.
How It Protects Your Privacy
With the advancement of online searches, people can now do a reverse lookup. This allows someone to type in a phone number and receive the name and address of the owner. If the person is willing to pay a small fee, they can also receive more personal information in regards to the owner of that phone number. This puts a lot of personal information at anyone’s fingertips, and when you run a business you don’t necessarily want everyone knowing your personal business.
When you use a virtual number, you are being assigned a special number through a calling company. When a client dials the number, they are still connected to your regular phone but you won’t show up as the owner of the virtual number. This means that all of your personal information remains confidential. If a client looks up your phone number and is able to locate personal information, such as your address, you run the risk of 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 in an unethical way.