Virtual Phone Numbers: How Safe Are They?
Did you know that you don’t need an actual SIM card to have your own phone number? Thanks to Freeje and other providers in the telecom space, you can now buy virtual sms number that functions exactly like the regular one.
But since it’s different from the tangible source that we’re used to, many people may be concerned about security issues that come with its use. Learn more about how safe this tech is based on its different uses by reading this piece until the end.
Virtual numbers, what are they?
Put simply, it’s just another number. The main difference is it’s created by and used through the internet. If you want to switch to a VoIP system, you’ll need this type for your line to be integrated.
Although it’s in many ways the same as what we’re familiar with, a lot of people (both individuals and companies) are switching to it because:
It makes calls cheaper. If you’re living in the United States and are constantly on the phone with people from France, you’ll definitely have a high phone bill. But that wouldn’t be a problem with VoIP numbers because you can get a number practically anywhere, allowing you to dodge hefty long-distance call charges.
It’s more convenient. You can have multiple numbers on one gadget, so you don’t need to buy a different phone for every number. At the same time, you can use one number on different devices so you can bring the number practically anywhere.
You can drop it anytime with no consequence. As soon as you don’t need it, you can just stop paying the monthly fee. You won’t be forced to hold the number for a long time.
How safe is it to use one?
The truth is, it depends. There are so many providers now, and the type of security system they set up to protect all information entrusted to them may be different. That’s why it’s very important to get one from a reputable source.
And if you picked a good provider, your number will practically be unhackable. It’s not listed in some system that anyone can steal. They’re in dedicated servers that are heavily guarded against fraud and other unauthorized activities.
In fact, the only way that anyone would know if you’re using a virtual number in the first place is when you tell them. There’s no way for them to know otherwise.
How about calling and text messaging, is it okay to use one?
Definitely! It’s what the numbers are for, anyway. You can use it however you like without running into issues like the cell tower being in maintenance, preventing you from connecting with people that you have to contact.
Plus, providers actually have their own apps that you can use. For Freeje, this would be Freeje Optimum. An app powerful enough to let you run a small call center on it, it’s designed for maximum convenience. You can buy a number directly from the app and enjoy benefits like call forwarding and a high-quality connection. Most importantly, everything’s encrypted so you know your data is safe and private.
If you prefer, you may also use it directly through your provider’s website – no need for an actual phone!
Can it be safely used for registering for websites and apps?
Yes. But if it’s for something important, we highly recommend that you get a paid number. After all, you can’t guarantee the availability of a free number, so if you lose your password, it may be harder for you to recover it.
This is especially true for messaging apps. While it’s completely understandable that you don’t want to give up your “real” number to use an app, having a temporary virtual number may prevent you from accessing your account should you replace your phone.
Considering how affordable virtual phone numbers are, the few dollars spent on a permanent one is a worthy investment.
Can it be a replacement for a regular number?
If your area has free WiFi access everywhere, this can be possible. Your VoIP will need the internet to work, so that’s something you need to think about.
But at the very least, this can be an alternative to a business phone. Instead of worrying about bringing two phones with you all the time, you can go about your business as normal with no issues. The “second phone” itself could be in the app, allowing you to access calls and messages all the time.
As far as security is concerned, all security measures are done for you by your provider.
Rest assured knowing that a virtual number is safe for practically any use that you can think of. With reputable providers like Freeje, you can enjoy everything that it has to offer without worrying about having your data compromised.
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