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Phone Number Look Up: Staying Safe

Posted on December 8, 2008



Using a phone number lookup can help you protect your telephone privacy by assisting you in finding out who is behind the mystery contacts you encounter.  However, while it is important for you to obtain the results of a number search, it is equally important that you make sure your information is being safeguarded by the site you are using to conduct your investigation.

Therefore, you need to make sure that the reverse lookup website provides a quality service that includes providing you security while you conduct your investigation.  What type of safety should you look for?  You should expect:

  • Your personal information should not be shared, rented or sold to any other parties.  Any personal details you may provide when registering with a telephone number look up, such as your name, address, email address, contact number, etc. should be safely kept by the company and not accessible to anyone else.  That said, some companies may provide your information or some of it to their affiliates or other parties under certain circumstances, so you need to carefully read their privacy policy to find out exactly what the terms are.  Remember, once you agree to the policy and the terms and conditions, you have authorized the organization to carry out the rules they stipulated.  Always read these important documents first before agreeing to anything! 
  • Complete control over editing and deleting your account information and preferences. This means you can change, add or remove any information to your personal and private contact information at any time.  You should also be able to unsubscribe to any newsletters, as well as have the right to opt-out of the database if you don't want your cell number information, or any other type of personal information, to be found within the directory.
  • Secure payment processing.  You should accept nothing less than 128-bit encrypted security when making a payment.
  • A money back guarantee policy.  If you are not satisfied with the service because no results are found, you should be able to receive a full refund for your cell number look up.  Refund policies vary from site to site, and you should expect the rules to change depending on what you have paid for (I.E. a one-time search verses a membership).  Some sites may give you until 6 days to obtain a refund after first using the service; others will give 60 or 90 days and so on.  Just make sure there is some type of money-back guarantee.

If the number look up site that you are using doesn't offer you all of these security features, take your business elsewhere because they are only interested in obtaining your money and couldn't care less whether you find the results you are looking for or not.  Always make sure you are protected first.


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