Our network

Protect your cell phone from telemarketers | Business

Title (Max 100 Characters)

Protect your cell phone from telemarketers
Protect your cell phone from telemarketers

CONWAY, Ark. -- The telemarketers who once invaded the house phone at dinner time have moved somewhere far more personal: your cell phone.

That's why a Conway company has worked to develop a smartphone app for Android and Blackberry users called PrivacyStar, which protect phones against telemarketers and other unwanted calls. The company, First Orion, continues to add features to the app that so far has blocked more than 123 million calls and looked up more than 66 million unknown numbers.

First Orion CEO Jeff Stalnaker tells Arkansas Business that there's other ways to help protect your cell phone and smartphone from unwanted calls:

  • Register your cellphone number on the National Do Not Call list. Stalnaker estimates that more than 50 percent of mobile phone numbers are not registered on the DNC.
  • Read the fine print on disclosures that tell you where your personal information is going. Be aware that online companies are required to provide the typical box to check, which offers you the option to not share your personal information. You can also scan disclosures for words such as "privacy," "personal data," "third parties or affiliates" and "security," as they are generally where the disclosure contains information on what the company is going to do with your personal data.
  • Don't enter sweepstakes, contests and drawings for prizes without understanding where your personal information is going.
  • All telemarketers and companies that use telemarketers must manage an internal DNC list. Ask to be put on the internal DNC. This applies even when you have a relationship with that business. They may still call you about your account, but not to sell you anything.

Stalnaker offers three more tips to help protect your phone privacy here.

Plus: Read more about First Orion and PrivacyStar, which is now working on developing PrivacyStar for iPhone.