What do I do if I DON'T want to give google, yahoo, Facebook, etc. my private mobile phone number for password recovery?

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    Jul 16, 2014 1:24 AM GMT
    Googling the answer hasn't helped me other than to say I MUST provide my mobile number for GREATER security against hackers.

    But I don't want to provide more personal information about myself when I'm capable of remembering the answers to standard security questions, like the street I grew up on and the name of my first pet (hmmm...those sound familiar).

    Aside from creating a new mobile phone account with a new number expressly for password recovery purposes and nothing else, what is there that I can do when NOT providing a mobile phone number is no longer an option?
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    Jul 16, 2014 2:37 AM GMT
    You have an option.. You don't have to use any of those services if you feel they're being to invasive.
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    Jul 16, 2014 3:24 AM GMT

    I don't understand this "requirement" either, why do they need to know your mobile number, so they can spam your phone? or maybe link to a FB or Yahoo app? NSA trick? I will avoid as long as humanly possible icon_evil.gif
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    Jul 16, 2014 4:51 AM GMT
    scruffLA said
    I don't understand this "requirement" either, why do they need to know your mobile number, so they can spam your phone? or maybe link to a FB or Yahoo app? NSA trick? I will avoid as long as humanly possible icon_evil.gif

    I'm sure there's another usage for that piece of info. They just haven't found one, yet. But legitimately, it's a useful form of 2-step authentication. Something you might want to consider for accounts that you use for sensitive information. Like say you use a separate Google email only for banking. If a crook somehow manages to get your Google password and tries to login, Google will send a text message to your phone with an authentication code. Without this code, the crook can't login to your Google account, even if he has your password.
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    Jul 16, 2014 2:02 PM GMT
    eagermuscle saidGoogling the answer hasn't helped me ...
    https://duckduckgo.com/
    Because google sucks.
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    Jul 16, 2014 2:28 PM GMT
    eagermuscle said... expressly for password recovery purposes and nothing else ...


    do it your self
    recommend an app (runs on deskTops & phones) called "1Passoord" that can organize your passwords and give every site a unique pw. It can generate a new random string, with or without numeric etc. It does backups, you can search through your password protected sites, keep encrypted notes like which email is associated with it, what is the "mothers maiden name you used"

    this not totally paranoid. Recall the Target fiasco, occurred right at christmas. I think these web sites have too much information for their own good.

    the dwn side of this is its nice to have your bank text you (SMS) for every transaction. I think SMS has an email format with most cell phone carriers so could have a special email for them to send you a text. Any way hope this addresses the OP's question a little.
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    Jul 16, 2014 4:43 PM GMT
    Just use a prepaid burner cell
  • madsexy

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    Jul 16, 2014 4:48 PM GMT
    I'm probably the most paranoid person I know about privacy but I finally buckled to the Google demand for my mobile number. Now I wish I'd thought of the burner option! icon_rolleyes.gif
  • tj85016

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    Jul 16, 2014 5:50 PM GMT
    dude they already have every bit of info you sent over the internet, cell towers, phone lines

    every credit card/ATM purchase, everything

    data brokers are all over the place

    a burner cell is your only option
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    Jul 16, 2014 6:54 PM GMT
    I never, EVER give out my cell number so I never get spammed. (My landline is another matter - I'm deluged with a dozen calls a day but I foil them first with a Digitone call blocker, then a Panasonic phone system with call block and vocal caller ID, and finally the "ring off" feature.) But the "Target" incident is what fuels my concern.

    A burn cell phone sounds like a good option, which would also be good to give for all purchases to avoid telemarketers - kills two birds with one stone.

    What I'm HOPING for, however, is to circumvent google, yahoo and now Facebook's mobile phone requirement without having to get one, and no one has an answer for that yet.

    So this means that people without a cell phone will soon be unable to access many common websites and apps? THAT sucks.
  • WorkItOut

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    Jul 16, 2014 8:10 PM GMT
    I posted the question on the Yahoo questions page a few days ago, and have not got the simple answer to my question on this subject either. Just options which I do not want to entertain. Like you I just don't want to give them my personal info and I don't want to change an email that I've been using for years!

    Anyway thanks for posting this, hopefully something will pop up.

    --J
  • LJay

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    Jul 16, 2014 9:36 PM GMT
    The idea that you HAVE to have a cellphone is mindless.

    I keep the passwords written down. Not nearly enough tech, I know, but it works.
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    Jul 17, 2014 8:19 AM GMT
    Pretty sure if you scroll further down and look in the corner, there's a button that says "Skip" or "Do Later", something like that when the page to put in your # comes up. Google mail definitely has that. I skip all the time.

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    Jul 17, 2014 11:54 AM GMT
    I haven't complied. Still have all my accounts. Fuck 'em and their "requirements"!
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    Jul 17, 2014 1:26 PM GMT
    LJay said... I keep the passwords written down ...
    i know its harping in a lost issue but again using a password manager insures you have access if not on your cell phone but also at work (if they let you install it).

    banks and retailers seem to be resisting going to any type of next step to protect all the junk data they have accumulated.

    another possible good thing
    periodically close a cking account or cancel a credit card just to clear out any bad that is hanging on. change your phone# every few years.
  • HottJoe

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    Jul 17, 2014 2:56 PM GMT
    xrichx saidYou have an option.. You don't have to use any of those services if you feel they're being to invasive.

    I like to put handwritten messages and Polaroid pictures in glass bottles and throw them in the ocean. No one from NSA and Google is ever going to see my selfies!!!icon_mad.gif
  • madsexy

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    Jul 17, 2014 3:54 PM GMT
    HottJoe said
    xrichx saidYou have an option.. You don't have to use any of those services if you feel they're being to invasive.

    I like to put handwritten messages and Polaroid pictures in glass bottles and throw them in the ocean. No one from NSA and Google is ever going to see my selfies!!!icon_mad.gif

    Unless they're swimming in the ocean at the right time in the right place! icon_eek.gif
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    Jul 17, 2014 3:58 PM GMT
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    This
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    Jul 18, 2014 12:40 AM GMT
    pellaz said
    eagermuscle said... expressly for password recovery purposes and nothing else ...


    do it your self
    recommend an app (runs on deskTops & phones) called "1Passoord" that can organize your passwords and give every site a unique pw. It can generate a new random string, with or without numeric etc. It does backups, you can search through your password protected sites, keep encrypted notes like which email is associated with it, what is the "mothers maiden name you used"
    [Emphasis added]

    this not totally paranoid. Recall the Target fiasco, occurred right at christmas. I think these web sites have too much information for their own good.

    the dwn side of this is its nice to have your bank text you (SMS) for every transaction. I think SMS has an email format with most cell phone carriers so could have a special email for them to send you a text. Any way hope this addresses the OP's question a little.


    1Password is a stellar, outstanding program with versions for Macs, PCs and IOS (iPads & iPhones) and Android. It pretty much covers the gamut of useful, desirable, and easy to use features for managing usernames and passwords. It is well worth its price. 1password.com or agilebits.com
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    Jul 18, 2014 12:42 AM GMT
    StudlyScrewRite said I haven't complied. Still have all my accounts. Fuck 'em and their "requirements"!


    IzzyMusc saidPretty sure if you scroll further down and look in the corner, there's a button that says "Skip" or "Do Later", something like that when the page to put in your # comes up. Google mail definitely has that. I skip all the time.


    Initially you can skip that step. But that option plays out pretty quickly. At some point with yahoo if you don't put in your mobile number you lose access to your yahoo mail, groups, etc. That's what happened to me, but since I hardly used yahoo mail or groups I didn't care as much. Google, Facebook and other mail servers following yahoo's lead I use.
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    Jul 18, 2014 12:45 AM GMT
    I'm kinda missing the point of 1Password, etc. In fact, the idea of encrypting all my usernames and passwords makes me almost as uncomfortable as providing a mobile number. Yes, I know that's hiding-your-cash-under-the-mattress thinking but since remembering different usernames and passwords has never been my problem and being forced to provide a mobile phone number is, does 1Password, etc. at least allow one to circumvent the mobile number requirement? If so, it's relevant to me.

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  • Apparition

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    Jul 18, 2014 4:16 AM GMT
    They just want a phone, it doesnt have to be yours. 98 year old grandma will do. She will be happy to get calls from people.
  • tj85016

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    Jul 18, 2014 4:21 AM GMT
    Apparition saidThey just want a phone, it doesnt have to be yours. 98 year old grandma will do. She will be happy to get calls from people.


    lol true
  • ThatSwimmerGu...

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    Jul 18, 2014 4:20 PM GMT
    I just click skip every time.
  • wellwell

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    Jul 18, 2014 6:25 PM GMT
    scruffLA said
    I don't understand this "requirement" either, why do they need to know your mobile number, so they can spam your phone? or maybe link to a FB or Yahoo app? NSA trick? I will avoid as long as humanly possible icon_evil.gif



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