After posting about its impressive 200 million user count, messaging service Telegram has been dealt another blow. The Iranian government is reportedly preparing to block the platform, citing concerns of “national security.”
This follows not too long after Telegram lost an appeal in Russia, where the government there ordered the company to hand over its encryption keys, again with nods to national security. In Iran’s case, the report comes from Mashreghnews.ir, who quotes Alaeddin Boroujerdi, the Chairman for the Committee for Foreign Policy and National Security of the Islamic Consultative Assembly of Iran.
When you make a call on your iPhone, caller ID reveals your phone number to the person you’re contacting. But what if you’d like a little more privacy and want to block caller ID from shoing you number? If you’d like to block your phone number and make a private call, there are a few ways to accomplish this. We’ll learn three ways to keep your phone number blocked and private, as well as who can still see your number even with these methods, and a simple way to make your phone number visible again on a call-by-call basis. Let’s get started learning how to call without caller ID so you can maintain your privacy when you need it.
How to Block Caller ID: Use a Code to Block Your Number
If you only need to make the occasional anonymous call, there’s a very simple trick to accomplish your goal. This tip can be used not only on your iPhone, but also on a landline. It works for any call made from one phone to another in North America, and prevents your phone number from appearing on the display of the person you’re trying to contact. To block your phone number from caller ID on a call-by-call basis:
Dial *67 then the area code and phone number of the person or business you’d like to contact.
Your number will appear as No Caller ID on the display of the recipient.
How to Block Caller ID: Block Caller ID Directly from Your iPhone
If you’d like to make private calls from your iPhone on a more regular basis, without having to enter a code each time, there’s a setting you can change to accomplish this. To turn on call blocking:
Scroll down and tap on Phone.
Tap on Show My Caller ID.
Toggle off Show My Caller ID.
This setting isn’t available for Verizon customers.
Once you’ve toggled off Show My Caller ID, there’s a code you can use if you’d like your caller id to be visible on a call-by-call basis. To make your number visible in these cases:
Dial *82, then the area code and phone number you’re wanting to contact.
Your number will show on the display of the person you’re calling.
Depending on your phone service provider, you may need to wait for a rapid dial tone after entering *82 and before entering the area code and phone number.
How to Block Caller ID: Ask Your Phone Service Provider
If you’re a Verizon customer or subscribe to another service provider who doesn’t offer the option to toggle off Show My Caller ID, call them and see if they offer the option to block caller ID for your number. AT&T offers a free caller ID restricting service. Verizon offers the options below at this link.
Sprint also offers its customers the option to restrict their caller id information; for more information click here.
How to Block Caller ID: Is There Anyone I Can’t Block from Seeing My Number?
None of these tips for blocking your phone number will keep caller ID from working when you call 911, 900 numbers, or toll-free numbers. Also, there are now apps like TrapCall that will reveal anonymous numbers to the call recepient.
I hope this information has helped you to maintain the calling privacy you need; please use it responsibly!
Google has always controlled which devices ship with its proprietary GApps—a package that includes such necessities as the Play Store and Google Play Services. Until now, they’ve even been pretty lenient about allowing custom ROM users to flash the necessary payload on top of their modified OS. Unfortunately, some OEMs used that loophole to their advantage, ignoring Google’s CTS certification process while shipping devices with GApps or shamelessly encouraging users to sideload them.
Google is finally getting serious about blocking annoying autoplay videos that start with the sound blaring. The next update to Chrome (version 66) will include changes to autoplay videos that mean the browser will only play them automatically if the sound isn’t playing by default, or if you click and interact with the site, or have previously “shown an interest in media on the site.”
These changes were originally scheduled for Chrome 64, which arrived in January with an option to permanently mute annoying websites that abuse autoplay videos with the sound on by default. Google delayed the additional autoplay changes to Chrome 66, but they’re now appearing in the beta channels of Chrome ahead of a public release next month. Google’s…
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Unsolicited phone calls and messages can become a regular annoyance and even a cause of stress for many smartphone users these days. Thankfully, Apple provides features in iOS 11 that allow you to block nuisance calls and messages from the same number coming through to your phone, and in this article we’re going to show you how to set them up.
Whether it’s messages from a debt collector looking for the wrong person, a random number from a foreign country that keeps calling in the middle of the night, or just someone in your contacts that you’d rather not hear from again, following the steps below should stop them from bothering you.
How to Block a Recent Caller in iOS 11
If the number you want to block is a recent caller, follow these steps on your iPhone.
Launch the Phone app.
Locate the number you want to block in the All or Missed calls list.
Tap the information icon (the encircled lowercase “i”) to the right of the number.
Scroll down the Caller ID screen and tap Block this Caller.
How to Block a Number That Messages You
If you’re the recipient of unwanted messages from a specific number, here’s how to prevent them from coming through to your iPhone.
Launch the Messages app.
Navigate to the main messages list if necessary, and tap a message received from the number you want to block.
Tap the information icon (the encircled lowercase “i”) at the upper right of the message window.
At the top of the Details screen, tap the name of the contact or the associated phone number.
Scroll down the Caller ID screen if necessary and tap Block this Caller.
How to Block a Number in FaceTime
If you received a FaceTime call from a number that you want to block, follow these steps.
Launch the FaceTime app.
Tap either the Video or Audio button, depending on the type of FaceTime call you received from the caller you want to block.
Locate the unwanted call you received in the list and tap the information icon (the encircled lowercase “i”) next to it.
Scroll down the Caller ID screen if necessary and tap Block this Caller.
How to Manage Blocked Contacts on iPhone
Follow these steps to add or remove a contact from your blocked list of numbers.
Launch the Settings app.
Tap Phone in the list.
Tap Call Blocking & Identification.
To remove a contact from your blocked list, tap Edit in the upper right corner of the screen, tap the red minus button that appears next to the contact(s) you want to remove, and then tap Done.
To add a contact to your blocked list, tap Block Contact… and select the contact from your Contacts list. All of the numbers in the contact card you select will be added to your blocked list.
Note that you can also access and manage your blocked contacts list in the Settings app via Messages -> Blocked and FaceTime -> Blocked.
Try a Third-Party Blocking Solution
If you’re inundated with spam calls from different numbers on a regular basis, then consider one of the many third-party blocking solutions available from the App Store: Several apps like Hiya and TrueCaller use an implementation of Apple’s CallKit to identify and block suspect numbers before your phone even rings.
After installing one of these apps, you can manage their call permissions at any time from within the Settings app, by tapping Phone and selecting Call Blocking & Information.
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Google+ has had problems with spam since… well, forever. If you regularly encounter spam on the platform, at least Google has now made it easier to deal with the problem. The company is rolling out a new ‘delete, report, and block’ button for comments to help you quickly get rid of spam replies.
Leo Deegan, an engineer manager at Google, announced the new feature on his G+ account.