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6 Things To Remember Before You Try Reverse Phone Number Lookup Services

Technology can be a double-edged sword and that is exactly the case with communication technology. Since we now have access to a lot of options, we are also more vulnerable to people who do not have qualms about abusing the system. For starters, anyone could easily become a victim of prank calls or harassing phone calls. There are also lots of aggressive telemarketing companies who do not mind wasting your time. Reverse phone number lookup services promise to help you in those situations. They claim that all you have to do is fill out a form or type the number, and if any match turns up in their database, you would know. Some companies even offer this service for free. Now, this has helped a lot of people, but it has also caused dissatisfaction in some.

1. Be careful when considering companies that offer free services

You might think that your best option is a free service. You should be careful though; in the internet, just like in the real world, most things that come free usually come with strings attached. You might end up having to disclose personal information. Sometimes, the terms of the service are downright misleading. You would be promised a “free” service but you would be asked to pay up to view the results.

2. Learn how to choose the right company.

Choose companies that disclose fees outright. Don’t get me wrong; there are companies that offer quality reverse phone lookup services for free, but you know what they say about getting what you pay for. When you choose to pay for these services, go for the company that clearly states how much you need to pay. It would also be better to choose companies that offer a guarantee that you would only have to pay if you actually get a match for a phone number.

3. Do not be an easy target.

You won’t need these services as often if you try to deter prank callers, scammers, harassers and aggressive salesmen over the phone. Never give your complete name when answering or when leaving a message on your answering machine. Just your first name would do.

4. Do not pick up the phone when you don’t know who the caller is

A lot of people think it’s okay to do this, but it is absolutely not. This is because you will probably end up encouraging those prank callers or telemarketers.

5. Try the DIY approach first

You could Google the phone number or look it up via the search engines of social networking sites like Facebook.

6. Contact your phone company for more options

You can actually ask your service provider to automatically block certain numbers, which is especially helpful if you’re dealing with harassing phone calls. If you are using a cell phone or if you have caller ID, some companies offer the Automatic Call Reject option for anonymous callers.

These tips just might help you find callers and avoid related problems. However, if the problem is serious and you are getting threats of violence, it is of course recommended to seek help from authorities in your area instead of doing your own detective work.

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3 Self Defense Accessories For Your iPhone

The Famous Knucklecase

I say famous because once such an accessory gets into the hands of celebrities like Rihanna, Alicia Keys and Megan Fox, it simply cannot have a lower status. It’s basically an iPhone bumper with knuckles on one side.

The original Knucklecase is made out of aluminum, making it highly resilient. However, don’t think “violence” because its makers state it was designed as an iPhone handle and nothing more. Should you decide to do anything else with it, is entirely your own responsibility.

The Knucklecase doesn’t come very cheap. The iPhone 4 & 4s compatible versions cost from 39 to 49$ and the 5 & 5s versions are in the 120-125$ range.

The Yellow Jacket

If the Knucklecase doesn’t really seem like an effective self-defense solution (unless you have some training in that matter) wait ’till you see the Yellow Jacket. It’s a 650.000 volts stun gun that can at least stop your offender temporarily and allow you to run for your life or you can use that power to give your phone a full recharge.

The Yellow Jacket is not some fancy accessory, so it comes with a pretty comprehensive manual and online tutorials are provided for correct use. Should you decide to give it a try know that the Yellow Jacket adds some serious weight to your iPhone. It’s a hate it or love it kind of situation.

Also, putting it together to fit your iPhone is not an easy task, requiring a bit of strength and a lot of patience. Priced at 99$, the Yellow Jacket is currently available in multiple colors for iPhone 4 & 4s, with new models compatible for iPhone 5 & 5s as well as Samsung Galaxy scheduled to arrive soon.

SmartGuard

Another option to weaponize your iPhone is adding a pepper spray to it. SmartGuard is a case holding a small canister of pepper spray, which you can quickly release and use when you’re in a bad situation.

The spray can go as far as 5 feet, irritating your attacker’s eyes, skin and respiratory system. It’s less violent than the Yellow Jacket, but probably more effective at debilitating someone. The canister is very easy to remove and place back in the case so as long as you have your phone in handy you’ll get to use it within just a few seconds.

Sure you could get a regular pepper spray, but this one has another advantage, besindes being able to carry it attached to your phone: it looks harmless enough so your attacker will probably be clueless until you spray him with the 10% Oleoresin Capsicum solution.