Jonathan Zarra knew something about Pokémon Go that most people didn’t.As a beta tester this summer, the 28-year-old freelance developer had early access to the smash hit mobile game — and as a result, he could see that it offered users no way to chat with one another inside the app. It was the closing night of the Lincoln Lodge, a fantastic comedy venue in Chicago in the back of a now-closed diner.They’ve since moved, but after that show, I thought I should take a breather from drinking — and eating meat — and focus on productivity. As someone who’s been drinking since his senior year of high school (sorry mom, we weren’t just “hanging out” in the basement), most events in my life revolved around booze.It’s just a fake address of a hotel that was in the same zip code where I lived.I used it to register some domains, knowing that the whois information all too often becomes public. The attacker gave Amazon my fake details from a whois query, and got my real address and phone number in exchange.In her opinion, a privacy setting that says “Only me” attached to her phone number meant it shouldn’t be shared with any of her Facebook friends – and certainly should not accessible by me, as I’m not even one of her online friends. Or picture meeting someone at a party and giving them your phone number – and not realising that you were also potentially sharing your full name and other contact information.
"The amount of traffic that we are currently getting has been the most insane thing ever, man," says Zarra, who lives in San Diego.As a security conscious user who follows the best practices like: using unique passwords, 2FA, only using a secure computer and being able to spot phishing attacks from a mile away, I would have thought my accounts and details would be be pretty safe? Because when someone has gone after me, it all goes for nothing.That’s because most systems come with a backdoor, customer support.It should be your choice as to whether your phone number is connected with your Facebook profile, and whether someone can use one to find the other.Even if you altered your privacy settings to ensure that your phone number is only visible to you, other people can still use it to look you up.