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Receiving Unwanted Calls or E-Mails? Here's How to Stop Them
Unwanted calls, email, online privacy, cell phone privacy, social media, do not call
The good news is you don't have to cancel your cell phone just to gain privacy. With just a few steps, you should be able to regain your privacy and gain control over who has access to your cell phone number. First, remove your cell phone number and personal email address from all social media. Anyone wanting to find a person's cell phone number such as telemarketers, bill collectors or a variety of other stalkers will look here first. Only those who want to be endlessly stalked by strangers place their phone number on Facebook anymore. Second, although it is supposed to be illegal to contact a person's cell phone for the purpose of telemarketing without your consent, they still do. To add an extra layer of protection, the Do Not Call Registry isn't just for landline phone numbers anymore. Register all phone numbers at the DoNotCall.gov website. Unfortunately this will take up to 30 days for it to hit the new registry list which is given to telemarketing companies to add to their do not call list. In the meantime, the FTC recommends hanging up immediately on any telemarketing calls. Don't fall victim to their request of 'pressing 1 to be removed from their list'. This only lets the robocall software know they have reached a live person which could result in additional telemarketing calls.
While you're at it, lets clean up your email inbox as well. If you use a public email server such as GMail, HotMail, or Yahoo Mail, clicking the spam button not only sends the email to the spam folder, it also reports to the service provider that this message appears to be spam oriented. If enough people report their request as spam mail, they will be banned and reported to several spam databases preventing them from doing this in the future.
Finally, after removing all contact information from social media, Googling yourself to make sure there are no remaining public traces of your phone number, it's time to start fresh. When signing any credit card agreement, sales slip or any other correspondence with retailers make sure you read the fine print as many will hide the fact that you are authorizing them to contact you for marketing purposes. In order to allow people who may want to find you to do so, sign up for a free people search profile at NetSearch411.com. (http://www.netsearch411.com/