A burner app has many practical everyday uses, such as allowing people to buy and sell things on Craigslist or e Bay without compromising their phone number privacy.
Burner numbers are a particularly smart privacy safeguard for women who want to try out online dating.
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Never before has a single writer elaborated on the steamy, anonymous goings-on of gay men in subterranean London with such psychological and physical honesty.
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this would have been something the needed to be set up and agreed upon with the previous user of the phone number." Beck seems to think that protecting ourselves from scenarios like this means a shift in the way we think of phone numbers.
"We need to treat phone numbers as untrusted resources that gain trust with us over time as they’re used regularly by the same people to communicate with us – I think that’s where the biggest issues are, in perception of what a phone number is when it’s provided to us.
A security researcher got an eyeful of a sex worker's client base when he investigated a Vo IP service whose "burner" phone numbers are being recycled.
Neohapsis Labs Senior Security Consultant Rob Beck was on an engagement that had him checking out the "burner" feature of a VOIP company.
"What was more surprising, and traumatizing," Beck said, "Was that some of these individuals had chosen to send naughty-gram picture messages of their previous work with this professional, personal pictures in admiration of this person, and well, you have an imagination." Beck explained that none of the previous number's clients had any clue that they had been contacting their escort via a burner number -- or more importantly, that it was now in possession of another person altogether.
He commented, "The problem was made worse for them because of the features provided by this service, as previously mentioned the Vo IP service offers Caller ID; I was not only receiving the correspondence from this lengthy list of previous contacts, but now I had the phone numbers they were using to reach me." He continued: "This situation now not only posed a risk to the previous owner of this phone number, permitting me access to their contacts who had reached out to her, but exposed her clients and potential clients to exposure from an unknown individual now in possession of their information.
A "burner" typically refers to a throwaway prepaid cell phone, made popular in the US by the HBO series "The Wire", where burner phones were used by drug dealers to evade wiretapping.
A burner app, such as the one tested by Beck, lets users purchase disposable phone numbers for short-term use.
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