One Number To Rule Them All - Is It Safe?
April 13, 2014 11:22 PM Subscribe
Any downsides, considerations, things I may not have thought of, in the idea of using my Google Voice number as the general number for all my credit card, banking, merchant etc. needs? Is it advisable?
posted by VikingSword to Technology (12 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Last week I had a question about a cheap prepaid phone for emergencies. I have made my decision, but there was a minor complication in that I was not sure if I could later port a number from my other carrier to the new one after a few months. The T-mobile rep claimed - to my surprise - that it'll be no problem at all to get a new number now with t-mobile and then port my verizon number over to the t-mobile and substitute after a few months.
Be that as it may, I had been thinking that it's a bit of a nuisance every time I need to change the number or whatever, and whether it doesn't make sense to have one general number like my Google Voice number that I can have associated with my credit card, banking, merchant and other needs, and that way not have to change it for however long GV lasts. In a way, isn't that the mission and raison d'etre of GV in the first place?
Of course, the immediate risk I see is that one day GV may go the way of any number of Google services which are arbitrarily killed. I'm ok with that, as I figure there will be enough warning to make alternate arrangements. Privacy issues - I'm resigned to the fact that there is no such thing really anymore, what with everyone from the government to random corporations snooping on our data with no holds barred, so I don't stress over it, and I use gmail and whatever else without much more than a shrug.
However, the hive mind has millennia of cumulative experience and wisdom, so I thought I'd throw it out there to see what I've missed in this plan, the Marathon Man question: is it safe?