When you receive a phone call you expect a few things to happen. First of all, you expect someone to be at the other end, and you expect that person to identify themselves. In the event that neither of these things comes to pass, you may get a bit upset. Fortunately it is not impossible to figure out who is on the other end of the phone. In fact there are a number of ways that you might actually pull this off. The first and most obvious way is to look at your caller ID, but what do you do then? How does that help you in the long run? Fortunately there are a number of websites that allow you to do what is known as a reverse lookup.
The reverse lookup services available to us involve the ability to enter a phone number and immediately pull up the information and show you the name of the individual who has called you. The level and quality of information that you receive however will depend highly on how much you are willing to pay. There are some services that will give you a little bit of information, and then they will ask you to pay an amount of money. The amount can change, as does the level of service.
For instance if you pay the minimum you will receive the smallest amount of information. If you pay the maximum amount you could get information on who the person is, where they were calling from, or even their home address. No, this is not a conspiracy, it is simply a database of phone numbers that have been purchased by the reverse lookup company.
When you are preparing to use one of these companies you will want to make sure you are selecting one that has a good track record and that will be able to deliver the results that you need. In order for this to become a reality you will of course want to do your research on the company. You can talk to others who have used them, or you can do a quick internet search for scam reports. You would be amazed at the things you can turn up if the service you are looking at is indeed a scam.
In many cases though you will find that they are a legitimate business and you can trust the information that they give you. There is some information that can be called into question though. For example, what if the person was using a cellular phone?
There is a reason that the government puts less of an emphasis on cellular phone privacy than landline privacy. This is because it is so much easier to track a landline than it is a cellular phone. A cellular phone can be moved all over the country, and it may not even have an origin. When you get information on a cellular user it may or may not be incorrect, and the name you get from your search might actually be the name of the previous phone owner. It's definitely a hit and miss situation when it comes to these types of phones, so you'll have to try your luck and hope it turns out okay.
Because we are living in the new millennium, a new type of phone service has reared it's head, and this is the VoIP or Voice over IP protocol. This is a type of call that is actually transmitted through the internet. Many people wonder whether or not this type of service will actually make it easier to find out who exactly has called, and the answer is a resounding yes.
You have to understand that the data travels through the internet and therefore it becomes vulnerable at certain points. If you know what you are doing, and if it is your line, you can use certain techniques to figure out exactly who called and when. Note that this is a double edged sword because it also means that others may or may not be able to tap into your phone conversations.
In order to protect yourself from this sort of intrusion you could institute firewalls or even new gateways onto the network. Naturally nothing is ever 100% secure, but at the very least it does ensure that any hackers or crackers will have to put some extra effort into listening to your calls.
If you need more security tips, then you can always talk to your VoIP company as they might have a few features that they haven't told you about yet, or that you dismissed during the installation. Security is a top priority and as such you should take it quite seriously. That being the case, do the best you can to protect yourself from outside or inside threats.
There is nothing in life that is for sure, but you can always count on a reverse lookup service to help you find what you're looking for. All you need to do is search hard and make sure you have the best possible service at your disposal. So long as you do these things it is very unlikely that you will run into a fake, and you will be able to find the people behind the phone numbers with almost no effort on your part.
*This is not intended to be a thorough explanation of the law, nor does it attempt to offer legal advice. If you intend to make full use of this law, you should first consult an attorney. However you choose to use this information is with your full responsibility and at your own risk.