Spam calls are currently receiving the most attention – more in a nutshell,. And for a good reason. Spam calls are annoying and often lead to scams that try to separate you from your money, sign you up for an unwanted service, or identify sensitive information that can be used to cheat you.
Thethat gives carriers more power to block robocalls. The and the scams they often lead to. Even Apple does its part by adding an option in from ever calling your iPhone.
Firewall differs from features like iOS 13 in that it uses a database to completely block calls without sending them to your voicemail. You pay just under $ 4 per month for firewall smarts and for the unlimited number of fake numbers displayed when making a call in the caller ID. This is a small fee for those of us who are flooded with calls every day and value anonymity.
Using the firewall requires some settings and some precautions that you need to consider. We will guide you through everything you need to know to get started.
Things to Remember
The firewall works like a server's firewall, preventing calls from ever reaching your phone instead of informing you of incoming calls. Can be spam like most current callers ID apps do. Therefore, it is not common to block unwanted calls. That's why you need to be aware of a few things:
- Unlike apps like Hiya, which integrate directly with applications The firewall replaces the iPhone's default phone app.
- You must forward all incoming calls through the firewall service.
- All incoming calls are routed through the firewall app.
- After the 14-day free trial.
- Supports all four major US carriers: Verizon, AT & T, Sprint and T-Mobile.
Set up firewall
After you install the firewall and sign up for the 14-day trial, you need to set up call forwarding. The app guides you through the process, including entering your phone number, a verification code, and forwarding incoming calls to the service.
Finally, you grant the app access to your contacts (see below for more) and enter your firewall voicemail greetings – one for suspicious spam calls, one for your contacts. The process takes only a few minutes and consists mainly of tapping keys until everything is set up.
Determining how aggressive the firewall is
By default, the firewall only allows calls that originate from numbers that you have stored in your contacts app. All other calls are either blocked or sent directly to your firewall voicemail to check calls.
You can add numbers to the app's whitelist by selecting the Whitelist tab and then Add to Whitelist . Enter a name and number and then Add . If you call this number, the call will be put through and your phone will ring.
Also, select the Settings tab followed by Allow calls from to switch between Whitelist, All Callers, or Nobody.
If you expect a call from someone who is not on your whitelist, such as a doctor's office, you can stop the firewall for 10, 30, or 60 minutes. If you stop the service, all calls will be put through for that period.
Access the Settings tab and tap Stop Firewall . Then select the period.
Using a fake number for outgoing calls
Another feature of the firewall is the ability to make outbound calls with a randomly generated phone number. Use this feature if you do not want your real phone number to appear in the caller ID, or if you happen to receive a call that might be spam, which you think is legitimate.
It is easy to use. Open the Firewall Call tab, dial the number, and tap the red call icon. You will be asked if you want to use a temporary number or your real number.
The best part? If someone tries to call you back at this number, you will never know – your phone does not even ring.
If you're using Android or are not convinced that stopping spam calls is worth a monthly fee, read our. From service providers to third party apps to best practices, we cover everything.