I Just Noticed a Great New Screening Feature On My Android Phone!!!!!!

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I Just Noticed a Great New Screening Feature On My Android Phone!!!!!!

#1 Post by COSteve » Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:11 pm

I get spammed constantly on my phone with junk calls and even though I use Truecaller, they keep coming up with new numbers to try and get through. This morning I got another junk local call but noticed a 'Screen Caller' button show up on my phone next to the answer one so I pushed it.

A message showed up on my screen saying that the phone is telling the person calling that I am screening calls and asks that they say what they are calling about. The junk caller hung up! :D

Anyway, I when downstairs and told my wife about it and tried it out. I called her and put my phone on speaker. She let it ring twice and then pushed 'Screen Call' on her phone and a voice came on mine saying that she is screening calls and asking what they were calling for. It's great!!!
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#2 Post by marlinman93 » Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:36 pm

So do you have to wait for a call to set it up? Or can you set it up ahead of time and have it ready? Right now I simply don't answer any numbers I don't recognize. I occasionally get a caller ID on my Android that says, "Possible Spam" but they are very infrequent.

This might be a feature of your local cell provider. I did a search in my "settings" and it found no matches.
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#3 Post by COSteve » Tue Jan 08, 2019 1:00 pm

You don't set up anything. When the phone rings 3 buttons appear to answer it; 'Decline', 'Answer', and 'Screen Call'. I you recognize the call and want to take it, you hit answer. If you don't want the call, you hit decline and it hangs up. If you either don't know who it is or are busy and want to know more about who is calling and why, you hit 'Screen Call'.

I talked to my carrier's CS (Verizon) and even she didn't know about it yet so she looked it up and found out this.

When you hit 'Screen Call', it tells the caller that you are using Google Screening and to say who they are and briefly what the call is about. The spammer hung up right then. If they choose to answer and tell you who they are and what they are calling about, you get a display of who they are and what they are calling about.

Google's example on the CS person's screen was, "I'm calling about fish." You can answer, hang up, or ask for more info. Google's example asked for more info and the caller replied with, "I want to sell you some fish." If you want to answer, you can hit 'Answer' or you can hit a button that tells them that you don't want to talk and further to remove your number from their calling list on all future calls.

It's all displayed on your screen so there is no sound. That means you don't have to say anything so you could screen your calls in a meeting or for spam without bothering anyone around you.
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#4 Post by Pisgah » Tue Jan 08, 2019 1:36 pm

And I am absolutely sure Google is not garnering a shred of info from your use of this app that they can sell so that it can turn around and bite you in the butt in some way you've never imagined. Right, sure...

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#5 Post by GunnyMack » Tue Jan 08, 2019 2:41 pm

Must depend on what make phone you have, my Samsung S9 only has 2 buttons. Lately I've taken to answering the spam calls , Hello then I wait for them to start talking and I start punching numbers until I hear CLICK- then I block the number.
I found a spam call blocker for my landline on Amazon, just answer the call if its spam just push the big red button and the number is blocked! Can also push #2 on the cordless phone to block.
Few weeks ago I got a call from the 'irs' in Texas, knowing it was fake I let the machine get it. Caller id gave me the number and the address by google- these nitwits were just a few blocks from the actual IRS OFFICE! So I called the real office told them about it and gave the lady the address. She told me they knew about it but couldn't track them down.
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#6 Post by COSteve » Tue Jan 08, 2019 5:37 pm

I've been using Truecaller which is a spam blocker but the calls keep coming. This way if I don't recognize the number, I get to screen them without talking to them.

And if pisgah doesn't know that Google and Apple are already gleaning info from your phone calls, even before this addition :o . . . . . . . . . . . . well then I'm sure he'd be receptive to a bridge I'm looking to sell. :mrgreen:
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#7 Post by jeepnik » Tue Jan 08, 2019 6:03 pm

I still think the phone companies should hire a bunch of ex special forces types and travel to wherever the calls are coming from to eliminate the business owners. I really don't think it would take many such actions to have the desired effect. And heck the phone companies would be hiring vets. A win for everyone but the irritating callers.

Come to think of it I'd even pay a 5 cents a month charge to set it up. If everyone who owned a phone paid just 5 cents there'd be more than enough money to cover the cost.
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#8 Post by COSteve » Tue Jan 08, 2019 6:10 pm

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Tue Jan 08, 2019 6:03 pm
I still think the phone companies should hire a bunch of ex special forces types and travel to wherever the calls are coming from to eliminate the business owners. I really don't think it would take many such actions to have the desired effect. And heck the phone companies would be hiring vets. A win for everyone but the irritating callers.

Come to think of it I'd even pay a 5 cents a month charge to set it up. If everyone who owned a phone paid just 5 cents there'd be more than enough money to cover the cost.
While they are at it they could take out the turds that hack into the computers. Rather than hiring them for big $$ to work for the companies after they are caught, if the asshats that screw people over on the dark web starting to disappear without a trace . . . . .well, they might just want to think twice about doing it.

Same with pedifiles and other low lifes. If they were just gone one day who would care?
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#9 Post by AJMD429 » Tue Jan 08, 2019 6:57 pm

jeepnik wrote:
Tue Jan 08, 2019 6:03 pm
I still think the phone companies should hire a bunch of ex special forces types and travel to wherever the calls are coming from to eliminate the business owners. I really don't think it would take many such actions to have the desired effect. And heck the phone companies would be hiring vets. A win for everyone but the irritating callers.

Come to think of it I'd even pay a 5 cents a month charge to set it up. If everyone who owned a phone paid just 5 cents there'd be more than enough money to cover the cost.
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#10 Post by Grizz » Tue Jan 08, 2019 7:05 pm

marlinman93 wrote:
Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:36 pm
So do you have to wait for a call to set it up? Or can you set it up ahead of time and have it ready? Right now I simply don't answer any numbers I don't recognize. I occasionally get a caller ID on my Android that says, "Possible Spam" but they are very infrequent.
same here. I don't answer if caller isn't my contacts. if they don't leave a message I block the number. if I don't like a message I block the number. I think CALL BLOCKING is the best thing since the other best thing..

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#11 Post by piller » Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:38 pm

Too many lowlifes wanting something for nothing.
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#12 Post by Rusty » Wed Jan 09, 2019 5:01 am

Almost all of the scam calls I get are numbers that come from my area code and my prefix. If it's a number I don't know I don't answer it. If it come from someone I do business with they'll leave a message. If it's legit and they leave a message I'll call them back.
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#13 Post by gcs » Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:18 am

I have way over 200 blocked numbers in my phone, the calls seem to come in waves. I dont know the number..and theres no voicemail.. into the blocked file

You need to get in touch with me ?, you better leave a message, its your only chance... 8)

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#14 Post by marlinman93 » Wed Jan 09, 2019 12:29 pm

Grizz wrote:
Tue Jan 08, 2019 7:05 pm
marlinman93 wrote:
Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:36 pm
So do you have to wait for a call to set it up? Or can you set it up ahead of time and have it ready? Right now I simply don't answer any numbers I don't recognize. I occasionally get a caller ID on my Android that says, "Possible Spam" but they are very infrequent.
same here. I don't answer if caller isn't my contacts. if they don't leave a message I block the number. if I don't like a message I block the number. I think CALL BLOCKING is the best thing since the other best thing..
I do the exact same thing. No answer if I don't know the number, and block them if they wont leave a message.
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#15 Post by 765x53 » Wed Jan 09, 2019 2:31 pm

My cell phone has a similar feature. It's called a power button. When I want to make a call, I turn it on and delete any messages that have been left. When I complete my call, I turn it off again. :)

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#16 Post by piller » Thu Jan 10, 2019 3:08 am

I prefer text messages for most conversations. Shorter than voice.
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#17 Post by Grizz » Thu Jan 10, 2019 12:17 pm

so, since texting is mentioned, there are two secure texting applications that I use. whisper signal, and whatsapp.

they provide SECURE ENCRYPTED comms between phones. you can make video calls. SECURE. group chats. SECURE. wi-fi telephone calls, SECURE. send files, photos, and videos, SECURE.

BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE!

We run all our chats in a VPN tunnel which encrypts the encrypted info running in the tunnel...SECURE... double encryption

Signal is the app that is most probably most secure.

I highly recommend either or both of these apps. Whatsapp is a bit more user-friendly, but it is owned by google. I think. but no matter, they can't undo double encryption, and neither can anyone else. so far.

One great benefit is we can circulate family photos around the globe knowing that they won't wind up on the dark web porno mills...

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#18 Post by gcs » Thu Jan 10, 2019 2:33 pm

Huh... every phone has to have the app installed right, what happens when texting to a phone without the app?

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#19 Post by vancelw » Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:01 pm

I think Facebook owns WhatsApp now. Not positive.
But if so, I wouldn't put much faith in it being secure.

I does no good to block those spoofed numbers. They are not actually calling from there. They simply roll through the 10000 numbers of the prefix, because more people are likely to pick up if they think it's another cell phone calling.

I have well over 1000 contacts saved in my phone. If the call isn't from one of them, they had better leave a message if they need something. I won't answer an unknown.

Dang scammers have practically rendered our cellphones and landlines useless.
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#20 Post by COSteve » Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:47 am

That's why I like this new Google feature. It ties up their phone for a few seconds and leaves them hanging. I'll bet it pisses them off as well. And best of all, all I do is hit Screen call and ignore it from there.
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#21 Post by Grizz » Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:51 am

gcs wrote:
Thu Jan 10, 2019 2:33 pm
Huh... every phone has to have the app installed right, what happens when texting to a phone without the app?
those apps are on both phones.. they do handshake and credential transfers before any data crosses the ether. if you are texting using the phone's built-in messaging software you are sending unsecure data in plain language over airwaves in a format that can be seen and read by anyone.

that fb owns whatsapp is true. BUT there are legions of people involved in encryption and testing those apps for vulnerabilities. when whatsapp becomes insecure it will be known and broadcast...

that said, the proposition with the vpn tunnel is that the data is not cached or recorded on the routers, it's a pass-through. that's how it is with PIA, the VPN I use, there is no hard copy and when the router/server sends the traffic, it is gone from the server but for the inherent latency. BUT, because it is encrypted it doesn't matter who sees it, all we can see is the hash.

the fact is that software is under constant attack, it will not be a secret when it is breeched.

if you are interested, download Kali Linux [https://www.kali.org/], install on DVD or thumb drive and boot a computer. You will be able to snoop the wifi that surrounds us and see it and read it. You will be able to snoop your own wifi connection and see if it's secure or not. You will be able to read your traffic and see insecure passwords flitting through the ether in plain language. You will even be able to do a "man in the middle" attack on yourself, or any other computer in radio range. It's a trivial thing. There is software in Kali that will break the average user password in a few seconds so you can log onto routers at will... penetration testing and computer penetration defense IS A GLOBAL INDUSTRY, and we at the bottom of the trough get these wonderful stealthing applications to cloak our vitals, if we wish to avail...

I am passing this info along in the hope that people will take cyber security seriously enough to do the simple and practical things, secure chat, secure email, and secure VPN, all simple to implement. these things have the effect of making us less visible to the rampant criminal misuse of the internet, such that the criminals will pass us by because they don't see any opportunity when all they see is the hashed data. [https://www.grc.com/x/ne.dll?bh0bkyd2] is a secure public penetration testing site that will analyze your computer for vulnerabilities. This is one of the good guys. You can get unbreakable passwords from his site if that interests you.

Anyway, many folks cannot or will not be bothered with all this bother, like the fellow who doesn't carry a firearm or doesn't have a fire extinguisher in his vehicle, and so they are wide open available to any and every cyber criminal in existence.

About blocking numbers. It does work, for me at least. It forces callers that have legitimate business to leave a message because I've blocked their phone from ringing mine. In recent calls tab I see the numbers I've blocked try to call in, but the phone doesn't ring.

IMO, all phones should be blacklisted, and only our contacts should be whitelisted. THAT is the app I'd like to see.

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#22 Post by vancelw » Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:40 pm

You're missing the point about blocking numbers.
If they were using real numbers, by all means block them.
But they are using numbers that are in use by other people. If you block thousands of numbers, you will eventually prevent someone from calling you that you actually want to hear from.

I just let it go to voicemail. Its 100% effective.
When I work nights and sleep days, I turn the landline off and put the cell on "Do not disturb". My wife is the only one who can make it ring. She can text and message without waking me, but a call rings through. She knows it had better be important
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#23 Post by Grizz » Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:51 pm

I miss lots of points. Don't take it personally. :lol:

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#24 Post by Grizz » Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:55 pm

RE kali linux . . . just for giggles I dl'd the latest copy and rebooted this compluter with the live dvd... took a long time to load, but it has blazing fast internet connection and is a good version of linux to have even if you don't want to attack open routers!

as another plus... you can do online banking or shopping with the live os AND LEAVE NO TRACE, if that interests anyone . . .

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#25 Post by vancelw » Sat Jan 12, 2019 9:26 pm

Grizz wrote:
Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:51 pm
I miss lots of points. Don't take it personally. :lol:
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#26 Post by gcs » Sun Jan 13, 2019 11:14 am

Grizz, Thank You for all that, passing it on to my son, my IT guy, lol

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#27 Post by Grizz » Mon Jan 14, 2019 12:35 am

you bet. hope it's useful for y'all

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