The specialist security and chairman of CMIT Solutions of Capitol Hill, Anne Morrison, gave an interview and explained what Robocalls are and how we can avoid them. Two years ago, 2017, 5% of total calls was recognized as robocalls. 2018, the rate went up to 30% and this year is expected to account for 50% of all calls.
Robocalls are on the phone calls, that promote some recorded, usually, messages. These calls are, in most cases, linked to policies campaigns or product marketing (telemarketing). According to Mrs Morrison, it is not easy to avoid Robocalls, but there are some steps that we can take to reduce them.
So what can we do to reduce Robocalls?
1. Blocking of unknown and persistent numbers
The simplest way to avoid robocalls is to ignore these calls and not respond. Because, however, these calls are disturbing, even if you do not answer, you can choose to block these numbers.
2. Use the Do Not Disturb service
If the above method is not effective, you can use a service such as Do Not Disturb, which offers iPhone. This service, basically, does not display alerts for incoming calls from specific numbers. It's like filter, which allows you to receive calls only from people you know, or only from your saved contacts.
3. Do not do what they ask you on the phone
In case you answer a suspicious call, do not respond to the requests of potential fraudsters. Do not press, for example, someone button, who ask for you. The best thing to do is to immediately close the phone as soon as you realize that it is an unwanted call. Also, it is very important to be careful what you say. The crooks, often, they use robocalls to fool you. They can ask questions that sound very natural, as if someone were saying them. For example it can say, "Can you hear me?" And if you answer "Yes", it can be recorded and used at some other time to commit telephone fraud.
4. Look for apps that block robocalls
There are many companies like T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon and AT & T that they offer applications, blocking known unwanted numbers and pointing out some as suspicious. This way, the number of unwanted calls you receive can be greatly reduced.
Nowadays, threats are many and are not limited to computers and computers networks. The phones are also vulnerable, so we all have to be careful.