This Company Ranks Your Phone Number's 'Reputation' - And Might Block You If It's Lousy
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Telesign works a bit like your credit rating: If you try to sign in to a service using a throwaway phone not normally associated with your identity, that phone number will get a high-risk rating. You might not be allowed to sign in to whatever you're hoping to access.
Forbes described the Telesign rating system this way: "The range is 0 to 1000, with 0 being a gold iPhone and 1000 being a burner phone that's only used to order drugs and kill people."
Telesign, which is based in Marina del Rey, Calif., combines your phone number with your sign-in data and its own "meta-data" on your phone's activity to ascribe a score to your phone. Wired identified one problem with the service: Although companies may block you for having the "wrong" phone number, you can't look up your number's rating on Telesign to see if there is a problem. "It's something we've talked about, but we don't have a way to share scores yet," CTO Charles McColgan told the magazine.