What the Tech: Covering your tracks
We all know we can find just about anything on the internet, but it seems to be getting easier to hide what you’re doing online.
If you watch cop shows, you may be familiar with the term "burner phone." It’s a disposable, pre-paid cellphone that drug dealers often use to keep people from seeing what they’re doing and who they’re talking to. These days you don’t need a burner phone, there is an app called burner.
Burner works for both Android and iOS devices and will give you a temporary, disposable phone number. Sign up, pay a few bucks, and you’ll get to pick from any area code. Using the app, you’ll be able to make calls from that number and receive calls to that number.
It’ll never show up in someone’s caller id and at any time the number can be "burned." It’ll never show up on your phone again.
The app is free but it costs to use it. Two dollars for 20 minutes of talk time and 60 text messages. The number automatically burns in 2 weeks. For $5 you can text photos and get nearly an hour of talk time over a 30 day period.
Burner isn’t the only app of its kind. There are now apps that will either hide or destroy text messages, e-mails, phone calls, and photos. Burner is perhaps the most popular app of its kind because it is so easy to use.