Cool Blocked Call Software

I know many of us automatically reject blocked calls, but there are some situations when we want to know who is calling us from a blocked number, right?  Some of my escort friends have started using a free program called TrapCall that supposedly works with any cell phone. And, you can also block specific phone numbers for certain undesirables who are harrasing you, etc.   They jut get a message that the phone number has been disconnected.   There are basic free features and paid features, I’m not sure which is which, but I thought it was definitely worth passing along.  Of course, it’s never a good idea to rely solely on technology to protect yourself – nothing takes the place of common sense and stringent personal security measures like verification!

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  1. I taught my girlfriend about something called “Grand Central” from Google. It seems that it isn’t in operation any more, but there are hopeful signs that something called Google Voice is coming.

    This service was brilliant because it did for phone numbers what Hotmail and the like did for Email addresses, it allowed you to create a seperate phone number just for business.

    You could also put messages for people you don’t want calling you, and blacklist or whitelist people. Well, I’m hoping Google voice works as well. My girlfriend used it on Craigslist and stuff like that…

  2. Yes, I like Grand Central, though I don’t know if they’re allowing invites anymore. They were at one time.

    I HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend that everyone buy and read “How to be Invisible” by JJ Luna. And visit his website as well. (CanaryIslandsPress.com) Though I have no doubt he’s not sex worker friendly, his tips work for everyone and many of them are easy to do.

    There’s a moderated Q&A on the site full of tech-savvy people who are quite involved in keeping their privacy intact.

    XX

  3. Speaking of being invisible, does anyone know how to get OFF the Google pages? I find that when I google my real name, some stuff comes up over and over again that associates me with my sw activism. Hasn’t been a problem until recently and now, well, it’s causing me problems.

    I’ve contacted the particular sites with no luck. Isn’t there some sort of Google Appeals Court?

  4. My girlfriend has been concerned on occaision with the Wayback Machine on Archive.org

    I told her she could contact them and see if they would remove the archive of her Websites.

    She’s hoping to retire someday, and I think she’s hoping that she can make her past disappear as well. (It’s hard to make a 10 year career disappear though!)

    With Google you could try contacting them, I don’t know what they’d do. After all, you not only have them, but their competitors like Microsoft search and Yahoo search to deal with. There are still a lot of other search engines out there.

    The better alternative might be to break the search algorithm, by having searches for your name lead to innocuous sites. You can look up search engine optimization techniques to make your name searches point where you want them to and not to problem sites.

    However, if you are really serious you might want to contact some search engine experts. That’s if you have no luck with the alternatives though, since I’d expect them to charge money.

    Truthfully, I’m hoping time will solve my girlfriend’s problem as the search results become less relevant and disappear (but in her case it is an alias linking to pictures that she wants to go away, not her real name.). I’m sure a lot of sex workers would like the option to erase their Internet pasts.

  5. To get off Wayback Machine, all you do is place a robots.txt file in the root of your site blocking them. Google for this. It’s simple to do and works immediately. (Actually, the info should be on Wayback itself. Look for it.)

    To get your real name off Google…you’ll need to mount a campaign of counter-SEO (burying your name or using a reputation-defender company that does the same thing) and just getting your real self off those sites.

    Talking to Google will get you nowhere. They don’t bother with these things. It’s up to you.

    XX

  6. Amanda, you are a GODDESS! Seriously, I build a shine to you.
    You should charge money every time you open you mouth;)

  7. Kitten,

    Thank you! That’s really appreciated.

    (I wish I could charge money for advice, but I really can’t.)

    XX

  8. I’ve been egosurfing over the last few months and a google search turns up things about myself: open use of drugs, criticism of religion and religious beliefs, criticism of government, where I lived and how much I sold my home for, usenet newsgroups postings, sex work (well I’m front and center about that)…

    So I think we are in an age of technology where privacy is very hard to keep private, and the events that are happening around the world indicate governments are more tyrannical. The use of CCTV, RFID tags, censorship of free speech is giving more power to the police state. Even Google who’s motto is “do no evil” is hobnobbing with the Obama administration which makes me wary that they will do evil.

    Once you put yourself out on front street, it’s hard to go back to keeping a private life. I feel like I’m stuck where I’m at and that anyone who wants to find out can do a search which can poison the well for employment opportunities. I’ve been studying my role models who have obtained so-called goddess status and used their sex work experience to do something greater for a living (Scarlot Harlot, Annie Sprinkle, Veronica Monet, Alexyss K. Tylor, Amanda [still haven’t read your book], et. al)

    BTW Amanda you can charge money for advice; you just have to have the want! That’s what professional therapists in the mainstream medical field do, and in the underworld they are called pimps/madams. I know your disdain for pimps, but you should learn from professional ones. It is similar in concept to the power exchange found in the BDSM world: master/slave, dominant/submissive. Also the professional pimps that I know learned from older and wiser pimps much like in the fetish world you learn from other experienced masters.

  9. Wally,

    I forsee in the future that the REAL mark of status will be if one is NOT Googleable. There’s going to be a whole new market in giving people privacy (who can afford it, of course).

    Giving sex work-related advice and charging money for it is a felony. If the courts can convict Deborah Palfrey for running a very legal business (other than the whole sex thing), and sentence her to prison, I’m not so stupid as to think they’d somehow look the other way for me. My books tread the line enough but they are protected under free speech laws. I’m not pushing the boundaries further than that. I might not like pimps; I CERTAINLY have no love for prison!

    XX

  10. […] because I haven’t posted in months upon months, I wanted to pass long (or document) this cool blocked call software mentioned on Bound, Not Gagged. From this sort of thing to the Aphrodite Project’s famed GPS […]

  11. When I did a Google search on my real name, it came up with some posts I made to the SWOP (norcal) list. Yes, I joined with my real name, stupidly. Had no idea that it was a public list! I wonder if anyone else has discovered this? Anyways, it’s been no problem since I’m unemployed and just floundering for now…will I ever be able to obtain a non-sex-work related job in the future? It’s very uncomfortable to think that I will have to do sex work even as I get older and older…so this means that we have no future, or ???

  12. Were the search results at the top? On the first page of results? Or a little more buried?

    Though I’m not sure that just making some posts online is enough to keep you out of the whole mainstream job market. I’d guess it depends on what you said, the depth of background-checking for your job and how much the hiring managers care.

    Or…start a business of your own and don’t have to worry about background checks on you.

    XX

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