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Method to hide the cell phone number

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000248941D
Publication Date: 2017-Jan-24
Document File: 5 page(s) / 78K

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Abstract

This invention gives a new method which can be used to hide the cell phone number using crypto, it can generate random pseudo cell phone numbers based on the real one, and it can also set additional access control like expiration time of this new generated cell phone number. People can share the random cell phone number to others, while keep their real cell phone number private.

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Method to hide the cell phone number

Cell phone number is becoming more and more important nowadays, people have to give and share their cell phone number on lots of occasions, for example, most of companies and services will require the customer's cell phone number as a second-factor authentication, to text confirmation, send alert text when detecting a suspicious activity on the customer's account. However, this may raise some privacy and security issues, companies and peoples we have provide our cell phone number to may leak our info, or even will abuse our cell phone number. Lot of people are suffering call harassment, telemarking and text spam, and some become victims of telemarketing fraud, however the cost to change the cell phone number is big, since it's bounded to lots of services. Therefore, a new system/method is needed to protect the cell phone number private, while still can let others could contact you via cell phone number. In this invention, a new method will be used to hide the cell phone number using crypto, it can generate random pseudo cell phone numbers based on the real one, and it can also set additional access control like expiration time of this new generated cell phone number. People can share the random cell phone number to others, while keep their real cell phone number private. Cell phone number is very important for each of us, we uses it to register various kinds of services, to confirm our identity, to contact other people, etc. However, the cell phone number leakage and abuse problem is becoming more and more serious. In this invention, a new method will be introduced which can hide the cell phone number using temporary number, therefore solve the above issue. There are mainly three parts involved in this invention: 1. Cell phone number owner: who has a mobile phone and own a cell phone number. 2. Caller: who want to make a telephone call 3. Telecom operator: which provides the telecommunications service.

Below are the detail process and steps:

a. The temporary cell phone number generation process:

1. Cell phone number owner requests a temporary cell phone number from the telecom operator, the owner could provide several access control params, like expiration date(the date the temporary number will expire), counts(the total counts this number can be used), limited call locations(it can be called only in these locations), etc.

2.The telecom operator receive the above request, then begins to process the request, it first gets the cell phone number and other param...