Spam in any form has been a nuisance. However, in the recent years, there has been an exponential surge in phone spam. On an average, a phone user gets as much as six spam calls in a day! Initially, it was easier to weed out such calls simply on the basis of the calling number. However, now it has become really tricky considering that robocallers now make use of numbers that actually appear genuine! Some of these calls can be rather amusing, evoking a chuckle. Nevertheless, at the end of the day, it is what it is – a distraction.
Here are some efficient ways to block robocalls and phone spam:
1- Download a Helpful App
Your phone store is bustling with apps that can effectively block spam and robocalls. It works on the principle of identifying numbers that get registered as spam by other users and creates a database of such numbers thereby blocking it when you receive a call from the same number. Some apps even allow you to block calls from an entire region or a similar number series so that you can be relieved of such annoyances.
2- Check Out the DND Features by Your Network Provider
Most wireless network carriers offer the “Do Not Disturb” (DND) feature for free or at a nominal charge. It then becomes the carrier’s responsibility from blocking out any and every automated call. They may not be 100% effective, but they are better than nothing.
3- Whitelist Your Contacts
This may seem a little extreme but desperate times call for desperate measures. You may whitelist only the contacts on your phone and block out every other call. The downside to this method would be that you will not receive any notification or call from a number not stored on your device, which can pose to be a problem at some point.
4- Block Individual Numbers
This may seem like a hopeless pursuit for some, but you can always block out the repetitive individual numbers that dish out spammy or automated calls. Some phones even allow you to report the number as spam when you are blocking it.
5- Do Not Engage in Conversation
The best way to deal with a robocall or a spam call that you have inadvertently attended is by disconnecting the call at the soonest. Attempting to raise a complaint against such spam calls or interacting with the IVR or executive will only result in more such calls. In fact, if the caller asks you to press a certain number to stop such call, chances are that doing so will not help the case; rather it will make it worse!
So far, the best way to deal with the issue is by installing third-party apps that can act as a barrier between you and the spammers. Check out the reviews and the ratings of the app before deciding on one to have a (relatively) peaceful life.
Marshall Lyne is a self-professed security expert; he has been making the people aware of the security threats. His passion is to write about Cybersecurity, cryptography, malware, social engineering, internet and new media. He writes for Norton security products at www.norton.com/setup.