As you rush to hide your most recent online purchase from your significant other, it might help to put some things into perspective — like the fact that the online shopping industry is expected to be worth a staggering $6.3 trillion by the end of the year.
So, is your $100 purchase really that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things? Probably not (and feel free to forward this to bae as proof!). But…while your online shopping addiction might be a mere drop in the sea of eCommerce spending, what is concerning is the lack of privacy and online security when buying things online.
Don’t worry, though, little savvy shopper. We're about to unveil the secret weapon that keeps your personal information locked away like precious loot in a safe: the Burner number. Brace yourself for a masterclass in secure shopping as you learn how to embrace the art of retail espionage.
Masking Your Real Number
Have you ever been checking out online and had to enter your phone number just to buy something stupid and simple? Perhaps you’ve thought, “Wow, I’d love to get through this step without giving them my real number. I wish there were a great solution.” Okay, maybe you’re not that cheesy when you talk to yourself, but that’s basically what Burner is for (among many other things).
With a Burner, you create a digital fortress between yourself and retailers, shielding your real digits from the grimy grips of retail communication hell. Gone are the days of constant marketing calls and messages that invade your peace. With a Burner, you control who reaches your inbox, which means you never again have to suffer the onslaught of promotional offers for products you never asked for.
Basically, with Burner, you can shop ‘til you drop, knowing that your personal information remains safely concealed. You can get a number solely for shopping online and give it to anybody who asks for it. When you’re done with your shopping spree, block all the annoying contacts or burn the number and start over fresh with a new one.
Avoid Overwhelming Text Communications
Part of the thrill of online shopping is filling your cart with goodies and eagerly awaiting their arrival at your doorstep. But nothing kills that buzz faster than a barrage of text messages from eager vendors vying for your money and attention. Like, who wants a text from their dispensary at 3 am on a Wednesday about a 10% discount if you spend over $500? Read the room.
With a Burner number, you have the power to manage vendor communication like a pro. You won't have to drown in a sea of spam and promotional messages that infiltrate your inbox and kill the vibe. Our award-winning spam-blocking features help you sift through the noise and let only the important messages through.
However, you’ve got some free will, too. With a Burner, you can respond when you want, ignore when you must, and never worry about being bombarded with incessant notifications if you don’t want to.
Enhanced Privacy During Transactions
Picture this: you're about to make a purchase online, and suddenly, a wave of paranoia washes over you. What if your personal information falls into the wrong hands? What if some shady cybercriminal swipes your credit card details? What if they deliver your super-private package to your neighbor's doorstep, and you can never show your face in daylight again?
Take a deep breath and come back to the present with us. Now, here’s what you can do to mitigate privacy risks when shopping online. First, know that using a Burner number adds an extra layer of protection if your goal is to:
- Keep your real digits secret from online retailers planning to text you promotional offers and marketing messages thrice daily for the next 100 years.
- Keep at least part of your personal information private to prevent anybody with access to that company’s database from getting your number to use for anything else.
- Prevent anybody who sees your package from getting your number if you expect it to be written on the package (you know, like nosy neighbors or that creep on the fourth floor who keeps asking you inside his place).
But don't stop there! Protecting your privacy goes beyond just using a Burner number. Here are a few tips to safeguard your personal information while shopping online:
- Create unique passwords: Avoid using the same password for multiple accounts. Choose strong, complex passwords that include a mix of letters, numbers, and symbols (just make sure you can remember them).
- Be cautious with personal information: Don't overshare unnecessary personal details like your address or phone number unless absolutely necessary. Only provide information to legit websites.
- Stay vigilant against phishing attempts: Be wary of suspicious emails or messages asking for sensitive information. Legitimate companies will never ask you to disclose personal data via email.
- Keep your devices secure: Regularly update your software and use reputable antivirus software to protect against malware and spyware.
Combining these tips with the power of a Burner number lets you shop online confidently, knowing that your privacy is well-guarded.
Best Practices for Using Burner Numbers
Behold as we unveil the refined secrets of Burner number mastery! Just kidding — wow, that was weird. But we do have some great tips for you on how to best use Burner for shopping safely online.
First up, we have a tip that serves well in shopping and in life, and that is to embrace the fluidity of change. Like a chameleon, regularly changing your Burner number adds an enigmatic veil of safety and privacy to your digital interactions.
Whether you’re just feeling like a different area code suits whatever era you’re currently in or need to get a new numb because your current one is flooded with marketing messages, you can and should change it whenever you want.
Next, always exercise caution when granting access to your temporary digits. Only give out your number (whether that’s your real number or Burner number) to those worthy of entering the space that is your virtual vibe.
When messages from retailers start to flood in too frequently, or if someone starts to get too weird, banish the bothersome intrusions with a flick of your finger. Block anybody who disturbs your peace and makes life feel more chaotic than it should (here’s how!).
Finally, whether you use Burner solely for online shopping or for other purposes, it’s helpful to organize your inbox using our organizational features. Get yourself distinct Burner lines for different aspects of your life. Because, hey, you’re a multidimensional being who doesn’t fit into a box (or just one Burner line).
Embrace the Power of Burner
In the ever-evolving world of online shopping, having a Burner is a powerful tool for safeguarding your privacy and anonymity.
By regularly changing your number, being selective about sharing it, blocking unwanted contacts, and organizing your communications, you can shop with confidence and protect your online identity.
So go ahead and choose a Burner number now. We triple-dog dare you.