1. What is a Virtual Phone Number?

    If you have a phone, then you have a phone number—probably an ordinary, traditional phone number. But you may have also heard of “virtual” phone numbers. These are also sometimes called fake phone numbers, secondary numbers or burner numbers. Today we’re going to dive into a simple topic with a complicated history: what ARE virtual...

  2. OpenPhone App Review – What’s the Story?

    The newest player in the secondary phone number game is OpenPhone, a startup providing cloud-based phone numbers. We’ve reviewed many of the big-name secondary number apps here on the blog, and we do our best to stay unbiased. Let's take a look at what makes OpenPhone unique, and compare their services to some other secondary...

  3. Why you need a second phone number for business

    You need a second phone number for work. That’s just a fact. Whether it’s a small business, a side hustle, a corporate job, or anything in between, you need to stay connected to your work on the go.  But you don’t want to give out your personal phone number; mixing work and your personal life...

  4. Privacy Audit: How Exposed Are You?

    You give out your personal information all the time.  Think about it: online shopping websites, customer rewards programs, apps of all kinds. They want your phone number, your email, your geographical location… Sometimes they want all of it! More often than not, it’s a mandatory step in a check-out or sign-up process. Why do so...

  5. How to (Safely) Ghost with a Temporary Hushed Number

    You just started dating someone new, maybe somebody you met online. The first date was fine, and the second date was OK… you’re questioning your judgement by the time date #3 rolls around. You want to tell them, “I don’t think this is going to work out.”  It should be easy, but sometimes it’s really...

  6. Doug Ford and the Dangers of a Public Phone Number

    Doug Ford, premier of Ontario and leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, will give his cell phone number to anyone. He’s done this for years; he gives out his number to people who complain to him, to people who praise him, to people who are indifferent to him entirely. It goes back to...

  7. Changing Your Phone Number: What You Need to Know!

    Have you ever wanted to dodge all your incoming phone calls? If so, you’re not alone, and you may even be asking yourself “How can I change my phone number?” Maybe you’re trying to ghost an ex. Maybe you moved and you want a fresh start. Or maybe—and this is increasingly common—you’re fed up with...

  8. How to Get Started Calling and Texting Over WiFi

    Calling and texting over WiFi refers to phone calls and/or texts placed over an internet connection, instead of a cellular network. If you think that sounds too good to be true, get ready to be surprised! Let's explore how WiFi calling/texting works, the pros and cons, and why you may want to consider it for...

  9. Nomorobo Robocall Blocker App Review – What’s the Story?

    You may have already heard of Nomorobo. It's an app designed to prevent "robocalls" and block your number from receiving spam calls. Nobody likes spam calls from robots or telemarketers. They're annoying at best and waste your time. At worst, they’re actively trying to scam you. Here at the Hushed blog, we're fascinated by all...

  10. Can I Receive Texts Online with a Temporary Number?

    SMS texting is a popular function of temporary phone numbers. Often, people want to use these disposable numbers to receive texts online. Today, we’ll examine why some people try to use a temporary number for receiving texts–typically, this is for a process called "verification". Then we'll discuss what that process entails, and what to do...

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