Use Facebook’s people search and other tricks to find someone online
Searching Facebook is a great way to find someone online. With it being the largest social networking site in existence, your odds of finding the person you’re looking for is fairly high.
Facebook lets its users add lots of information about themselves to their profile, and the inherent function of the site is to bring people closer together through information sharing. You can leverage this to help you find someone on Facebook, whether it’s a friend you used to know, an old coworker, neighbors, family, etc.
Facebook isn’t the only way to find someone on the internet. Dedicated people search engines are also helpful, even more so if you don’t know the person’s name, you have no friends in common, they’ve blocked you, or if you and/or them don’t use Facebook.
Do a Facebook Search by the Person’s Name
The main search bar at the top of the website is one method for finding people on Facebook by their name. You can type the person’s name and then filter the results to narrow them down.
Here are some tips to remember when using Facebook’s people search tool:
- When you’re searching for just people on Facebook, select People at the top to avoid finding business pages, events, and other content.
- Use the filters off to the left to make the results more relevant. For example, find old classmates on Facebook using their name and the Education filter (choose your school), or pick a business you’ve worked for from Work to find coworkers with that name.
- You don’t have to have been associated with the person to locate them on Facebook. Select Choose a City, Choose a School, and/or Choose a Company to find profiles with that information in them.
Search Facebook by the School They Went To
Don’t know the person’s name? You can still do a Facebook search for someone even if you’re not sure what their name is. Knowing what school they went to or currently attend, for example, makes it a lot easier to find them online.
Search Facebook for the school, and then choose People to filter the results by people on Facebook who have that school listed on their profile. Since lots of users add to their profile the school(s) they currently or used to go to, finding someone on Facebook suddenly gets a lot easier.
Piggyback on Your Friends’ Friends
Using one of your Facebook friends to find someone else is one of the best ways to find someone if you suspect that the person has anything to do with one of your existing friends.
For example, if the person used to work with you and/or another friend, or you used to all go to the same school or live in the same town, a mutual friend search is your best bet in finding them.
There are a few ways to do this:
- Visit a friend’s profile and select the Friends tab to see all of their friends. You can view and search through the full list or read through their recently added friends and friends from groups, such as their workplace, hometown, or high school.
- Another way to search for a friend’s friend is to browse the People You May Know page, which is a list of people you might know based on your Facebook friends.
- Follow Step 1 above but use the Friends of Friends filter.
Search for People in Public Groups
Groups are another way to find people online with Facebook. If you know that the person is interested in a particular topic, you can browse groups they might be in.
To do this, search for a group from the search bar at the top of Facebook, and then select Groups from the menu. Once you’re on the group’s page, open the Members section to find the search bar.
Be sure to select Public Groups if you want to be able to see its members (closed groups require you to be a member to see the other people that have joined).
Do a Facebook Search by Phone Number
Trying to figure out who owns a phone number that called you? Facebook can also be used for a reverse number search; just type the number into the search bar to see what shows up.
It’s unlikely that you’ll find public posts that contain the person’s phone number, but you might have luck digging up an old post made by one of your Facebook friends. This is an easy way to find an old friend’s phone number.
Use Facebook to Search for Related Information
Something else you can do is use Facebook to find someone’s presence elsewhere on the internet. You’d do this if you already have their Facebook information but you’re wanting their other social media account details, too, like to see if they also have a Twitter, Pinterest, online dating profiles, etc.
Every Facebook profile has a unique username at the very end of its URL. Search Google or another search engine for that username to see if other accounts show up.
Another idea is to do a reverse image search on a photo from the person’s profile. It can be their profile image or any other picture of them from their account. If they’ve posted that same exact image elsewhere, you might be able to dig up their other online accounts. Google and TinEye are great for this.
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*Article Was Updated On 09/4/2019
One question that’s often asked by Facebook users is, can you search Facebook by phone number to find your friends? The Answer: It’s no longer possible. Up until April of 2018, users were able to use the Facebook phone number search to easily find their family and friends. So, what exactly happened? We discuss this below along with another way to search a phone number.
The disappearance of the Facebook phone number search feature began with the Cambridge Analytica Scandal in March of 2018. If you don’t know what happened, Cambridge Analytica illegally gained access to and used the data of 87 million Facebook users. The information was collected via a personality quiz app.
In light of this MAJOR data breach, Facebook had to change most of its user privacy policies, and continues to do so in 2019. One of the things that was changed was the removal of the Facebook search by phone number feature. Even though this search option made it easier for users to find their friends, family, and those who live internationally, the company had a valid reason for removing it. They claimed, “ malicious actors have also abused these features to scrape public profile information by submitting phone numbers or email addresses they already have through search and account recovery”, according to their blog post .
However, is it still possible to do a phone number search to find someone you know?
There’s Another Way To Search For Someone!
It is possible to use online phone lookup services , like Kiwi Searches, to search a phone number and see if the person’s on Facebook. It requires little effort on your part and only take a few minutes.
Here are the basic steps to using Kiwi Searches to do a search by phone number:
Step 2: Enter the phone number in the search bar (also at the top of this blog).
Step 3: Wait while the site conducts a phone lookup.
Step 4: View your phone search results and see if the person is on Facebook (your first search is only $0.95).
It’s that simple to do a phone number search with Kiwi Searches! Hopefully, you find who you are looking for on the social media platform!
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For creating a facebook, twitter, WhatsApp and some other accounts, you need to verify your phone number. But If you want to create more facebook WhatsApp like accounts then you need more phone numbers.
But It is not easy to get a Free Phone Number. So in this article, I am going to share you a method to get Free Phone Number of different countries like USA, UK, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia etc.
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How To Get Free Phone Number For Facebook/Whatsapp Verification?
I have some android apps list that gives free phone numbers. So you can use them for verification. Here is the apps list:
1. Talk2 Mobile App
Talk2 is a free Android app that allows you to own a Philippine mobile number for FREE. So you can call and SMS your friends and family and also you can receive calls and SMS anywhere. Just download and install a Talk2 app and create an account and get a free Philippine phone number.
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2. TalkU Free Calls +Free Texting App
TalkU offers Free US phone number for their app users. You can make calls and SMS worldwide without any payment method and also you can make Unlimited free calling & texting between TalkU users. For verification, you can use this app to receive calls and SMS.
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3. Talkatone Texts & Calls App
Talkatone is another free text and SMS android app. they also provide free US phone number. you. Make and receive free texts and calls to U.S./Canada phone numbers, including landlines. If you don’t have a cell phone plan, Talkatone can be your only phone. You can earn free unlimited international calling, by completing simple and easy free offers.
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If you want Malaysian phone number then you can use the Voopee Android app. Voopee additionally lets you call and text on Voopee phone numbers. To you, and anyone that you‘re calling, Voopee works exactly like ordinary cell Services.
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5. Hushed Anonymous Phone Number
Hushed provides high-quality calls, text and picture messaging, advanced features and responsive customer support. Just install Hushed app and they will provide you with a starter phone number so that you can text and get in touch with family at no cost.
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Fongo provides Canadian phone number. With this number, you can call and SMS worldwide and also You can use this number for verification. Fongo provides unlimited incoming SMS texts as well as unlimited incoming calls.
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TextPlus is another popular android app for free texting and SMS worldwide. With this app, you can make calls, SMS, and chat. textPlus works like ordinary phone number, just you need an active 3g/4g/wifi internet connection.
Check here How to get Phone number with Textplus.
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8. Primo App
Primo works same like Textplus. they provide a free US number to new users. Everything is free using Primo. Primo provides free international calls to over 3 billion people around the world including India, USA, Brazil, China, UK and much more.
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All listed Android apps give a free phone number. You can try one by one following list. If you want to verify your facebook,twitter,WhatsApp account then you can use them. All app are free to use, so don’t worry about charges and also no need any billing methods like credit card PayPal or bank details.
Finding someone’s phone number online is tricky. Cell phone numbers are private—there’s no public directory of cell phone numbers to replace those old paper phone books. However, there are a few ways you can find someone’s phone number (and business phone numbers are still easy to find).
How to Find a Person’s Phone Number
There’s no good perfect way to find someone’s phone number online. If you’re friends with someone on Facebook, you may be able to find their phone number there. Just sign into Facebook, head to the person’s profile page, and click About > Contact and Basic Info. Under Contact Information, you’ll see their phone number if they’ve chosen to share that information with their Facebook friends.
If you don’t see this information here, there’s no way to find it on Facebook without actually sending the person a message and asking them for it. While Facebook allows easy reverse phone lookups by default, it’s much harder to find someone’s phone number if you don’t already know it.
So you can’t find the person’s phone number on Facebook, where do you turn? Well, there’s still an online version of those heavy paper phone books! But, like the physical books, it only covers landlines. However, that’s nothing to sneeze at. For example, I could personally find my parents’ and in-laws’ phone numbers on these websites with a few quick searches.
Simply head to the White Pages website and plug in a person’s name (or just last name) as well as their city, state, or ZIP code. If that person’s name and phone number would appear in a paper phone book in that geographical area, you’ll see it on this website. It’s just like looking through paper phone books, with all the limitations—but it’s faster to search all those phone books, and all at once.
While the White Pages website and other similar websites try to sell you a paid premium service that will try to find cell phone numbers and other personal details, we haven’t used them and would recommend you avoid them. Stick to the free data—there’s no guarantee these services can find someone’s cell phone number if you pay them, anyway.
What if you can’t find a phone number on Facebook, or in the White Pages? Well, then it becomes a lot tougher. This kind of information is generally kept private and is closely guarded. People don’t often post their phone numbers online and there’s no massive database of cell phone numbers and names you can access. Sure, you could try heading to Google or Bing and searching for a person’s name along with “phone number”, but that will almost certainly not work. (Still, it’s worth a try, just in case.)
If you really need to call someone, you may be stuck asking for their phone number directly. If you know the person on Facebook, you could message them and ask them for their number. If you can’t find the person online, perhaps you can find someone who knows them and ask. For example, if you desperately needed to get in contact with someone, you might try finding a friend or relative on Facebook (or in the White Pages) and asking that person for their phone number.
Sure, that advice may seem obvious, but it’s really the only way you’re going to find many people’s phone numbers.
How to Find a Business’s Phone Number
Thankfully, it’s still very easy to find the phone numbers for businesses. Most businesseswant you to call them, so they advertise their numbers very publicly. Customer support may be a bit harder to reach, of course (but we’ll get to that in a moment).
Most businesses place their phone numbers in an easy place to find on their website. You can generally just head to the business’s website and click something like “Contact Us” or “Customer Service” to find it. Some smaller businesses—like that little local restaurant—may not even have websites, but will usually have Facebook pages. You’ll often find their phone number on their Facebook page, which many businesses just use as their main website.
For a business that has multiple locations, you may need to use the “Locator” feature on the website to find your local branch. It’ll usually show you a phone number where you can reach that specific location. If not, you can always just plug the name and address (or just the address) of the business into a service like Google Maps or Yelp and you’ll usually see a phone number.
Users are complaining that the phone number Facebook hassled them to use to secure their account with two-factor authentication has also been associated with their user profile — which anyone can use to “look up” their profile.
Worse, Facebook doesn’t give you an option to opt-out.
Last year, Facebook was forced to admit that after months of pestering its users to switch on two-factor by signing up their phone number, it was also using those phone numbers to target users with ads. But some users are finding out just now that Facebook’s default setting allows everyone — with or without an account — to look up a user profile based off the same phone number previously added to their account.
The recent hubbub began today after a tweet by Jeremy Burge blew up, criticizing Facebook’s collection and use of phone numbers, which he likened to “a unique ID that is used to link your identity across every platform on the internet.”
For years Facebook claimed the adding a phone number for 2FA was only for security. Now it can be searched and there’s no way to disable that. pic.twitter.com/zpYhuwADMS
Although users can hide their phone number on their profile so nobody can see it, it’s still possible to “look up” user profiles in other ways, such as “when someone uploads your contact info to Facebook from their mobile phone,” according to a Facebook help article. It’s a more restricted way than allowing users to search for user profiles using a person’s phone number, which Facebook restricted last year after admitting “most” users had their information scraped.
Facebook gives users the option of allowing users to “look up” their profile using their phone number to “everyone” by default, or to “friends of friends” or just the user’s “friends.”
But there’s no way to hide it completely.
Security expert and academic Zeynep Tufekci said in a tweet: “Using security to further weaken privacy is a lousy move — especially since phone numbers can be hijacked to weaken security,” referring to SIM swapping, where scammers impersonate cell customers to steal phone numbers and break into other accounts.
See thread! Using security to further weaken privacy is a lousy move—especially since phone numbers can be hijacked to weaken security. Putting people at risk. What say you @facebook? https://t.co/9qKtTodkRD
Tufekci’s argued that users can “no longer keep keep private the phone number that [they] provided only for security to Facebook.”
Facebook spokesperson Jay Nancarrow told TechCrunch that the settings “are not new,” adding that, “the setting applies to any phone numbers you added to your profile and isn’t specific to any feature.”
Gizmodo reported last year that when a user gives Facebook a phone number for two-factor, it “became targetable by an advertiser within a couple of weeks.” If a user doesn’t like it, they can set up two-factor without using a phone number — which hasn’t been mandatory for additional login security since May 2018.
But even if users haven’t set up two-factor, there are well documented cases of users having their phone numbers collected by Facebook, whether the user expressly permitted it or not.
A spokesperson for the Irish data protection agency said it is “making enquiries with Facebook to get a better understanding of the issue.”
In 2017, one reporter for The Telegraph described her alarm at the “look up” feature, given she had “not given Facebook my number, was unaware that it had found it from other sources, and did not know it could be used to look me up.”
WhatsApp, the messaging app also owned by Facebook (alongside Messenger and Instagram), uses your phone number as the primary way to create your account and connect you to its service. Facebook has long had a strategy to further integrate the two services, although it has run into some bumps along the way.
To the specific concerns by users, Facebook said: “We appreciate the feedback we’ve received about these settings and will take it into account.”
Concerned users should switch their “look up” settings to “Friends” to mitigate as much of the privacy risk as possible.
When asked specifically if Facebook will allow users to users to opt-out of the setting, Facebook said it won’t comment on future plans. And, asked why it was set to “everyone” by default, Facebook said the feature makes it easier to find people you know but aren’t yet friends with.
Others criticized Facebook’s move to expose phone numbers to “look ups,” calling it “unconscionable.”
Alex Stamos, former chief security officer and now adjunct professor at Stanford University, also called out the practice in a tweet. “Facebook can’t credibly require two-factor for high-risk accounts without segmenting that from search and ads,” he said.
Since Stamos left Facebook in August, Facebook has not hired a replacement chief security officer.
Updated with comment from the Irish data protection agency. Natasha Lomas contributed reporting.
10 Oct 2019
Connecting with people is one of the major purposes of social media and online networking. And since making connections starts with finding the people you want to connect with, it’s pretty much important to know how to go about it. Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, Instagram, and all other popular social media platforms have different methods to search for folks.
You can use either of the social networks to find people who share common interests with you and add them or follow their updates.
The most common method of finding people on social media networks is to search for their usernames or legal names. But that’s not an efficient method of finding someone you know because multiple people use similar names and usernames on the same app. Also, it is quite time-consuming. Finding someone by their phone number is a more effective approach.
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Finding People on Instagram Using the Phone number
Accessing your contacts or address book to find your friends is a feature common to Facebook and Twitter. However, not many know that you can also find people on Instagram using their phone numbers. It’s a pretty nifty and is hidden in the Instagram app.
If you don’t remember your friend’s username, full name, or whatever name(s) on Instagram, it’s alright. You can find and reach out to them using their phone number — that only works if they have added it to their Instagram account.
Find Someone Using Their Phone Number
First, you’d want to make sure you have the person’s number saved on your phone’s contact book. Also, if you want to find more than one person, make sure their phone number saved to your device’s (Android or iOS) phone book. Only after that, follow the steps below.
Method 1: Using the Native Option
Step 1: Launch the Instagram app on your phone and tap the Profile icon at the bottom-left corner of the app.
Step 2: On your profile page, tap the Hamburger menu icon at the top-right corner to reveal the profile option. Select Discover people.
Step 3: On the Find People page, navigate to the Contacts section, and tap the Connect contacts button.
Step 4: If you are using this feature for the first time, Instagram will request access to your phone’s contacts. Tap Allow option to grant Instagram the access to your contact list.
That will allow the app to access your contacts list and identify the people that are on Instagram already.
Step 5: After granting the app access to your contact, Instagram will automatically sync phone numbers from your phone to your account.
All Instagram accounts associated with a phone number on your contact will then appear in the Contacts section of the Find/Discover people page. You can then proceed to choose who you want to follow.
Step 6: If none of the phone numbers on your contact list are associated with an Instagram account, a ‘No contacts available’ message will be displayed.
If you cannot find your friends by their phone number, then there only two reasons. Either they have registered using a different number, or they haven’t added a number at all.
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Method 2: Let Instagram Find Your Friends
Step 1: Launch the Instagram app and navigate to the Profile section of the app.
Step 2: Tap the Hamburger menu icon at the top left corner and select Settings at the bottom of the display.
Step 3: On the app Settings page, select ‘Follow and invite friends’
Step 4: On the next page, select Follow contact and Instagram will list out all the usernames (read: Instagram accounts) connected to a phone number on your list of contacts.
Step 5: If none of the phone numbers on your contact list are on Instagram, a message that reads ‘No contacts available’ will appear on the screen.
Whenever your contact joins Instagram using their phone number, or connects their phone number to their Instagram account, they will appear in the Contacts section of the app.
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- Trying to find someone that you do not know so well (personally) on Instagram using their phone number can be considered unethical.
- You will not be able to find people who haven’t linked their phone numbers to their Instagram accounts using the two methods listed above.
Stay Connected with Friends
Now that you know how to connect and find people on Instagram using their phone numbers, proceed to use the knowledge to connect with friends and family on your contact list.
Next up: Do you sometimes feel someone has blocked you on Instagram? Especially when their posts and stories stop appearing on your feed. Well, you don’t need to overthink it. We have listed six easy ways to know if someone blocked you on Instagram in the link below.
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Use these free and creative search tricks to find phone numbers online
It used to be that if you needed to find a phone number, you picked up the phone book for your area and thumbed through the listings until you found what you needed. These days, those phone books exist in a much smaller format, and in most places include only landline phone numbers or even only business phone numbers.
So how do you find someone’s phone number? What do you do if you have a name or address but need the person’s number? Or maybe you have the number but no name to go with it.
From general search engines to more obscure (and focused) websites like ZabaSearch, the websites on this list will help you find a phone number for free.
Use Free Reverse Number Lookup With a Search Engine
A simple search with a generalized search engine like Google, Bing, or DuckDuckGo may even be able to track down a name, address, email address, and recent personal updates, all in the same place.
To find someone’s phone number on Google, for example, you may need to do some digging by entering their name and the area they live in. But to do a reverse number lookup, all you need to do is enter the entire phone number (area code included) into the search field, and see what comes back.
In most cases, the number will be identified within the first five search results. Select one of these results and you’ll see business information, addresses, relevant contacts, and more.
Try Toll Free Phone Numbers
Toll-free phone numbers are free to call and can be your instant gateway into a company’s inner workings. There are quite a few toll-free number directories on the web that give extensive 1-800 number listings; however, you can also use your favorite search engine to track down nearly any toll-free phone number.
There are a couple of different ways you can accomplish this:
- 800 number for company: Simple yet effective. Type 800 number for company, substituting the name of the business you’re looking for for the word “company”, and sometimes you’ll get lucky.
- Contact us: This is often a very successful method of finding contact information. Type “contact us” (yes, in quotes) plus the name of the company (e.g., “contact us” microsoft).
Find Cell Phone Numbers Online
Millions of people all over the world use cell phones on a daily basis to communicate with each other. However, most of these numbers aren’t found in phone directories, which makes them difficult to track down online.
However, if you know a few web tricks (like searching by username) you can potentially uncover anyone’s private mobile phone number.
Try Alternative Search Engines
Niche search engines focus on something other than regular web page searches, such as finding only people-related information. These sites can be useful resources for when you’re looking for a phone number because they look at only information that could be tied to individuals, such as a number, an address, social networking updates, and business contact resources.
Since every search engine returns different information from the next, it’s definitely worth a try to type your person’s name or phone number into various search tools, such as a people search engine, to see what comes back.
Use ZabaSearch to Find a Phone Number
If you’ve ever placed personal information anywhere on the web, whether that be a phone number, birth date, or physical address, ZabaSearch is likely to have it.
Controversial yet completely legal, ZabaSearch collects information from all over the web and places it in one convenient place for public access, including some phone numbers.
Search by name or address and see what comes back. If you know their phone number, you can find people that way, too.
Use Facebook to Find a Phone Number
Using just a name, an email address, or a common connection (like a workplace, college, or organization), you can uncover a surprising amount of information at Facebook, the world’s largest social networking website with hundreds of millions of users.
There are many ways to find people on Facebook, and depending on how public people have made their personal information, you can actually be quite successful finding a phone number here.
Use a Specialized Directory to Find a Phone Number
There are a wide variety of specialized phone directories on the web, but not all of them are reliable, trustworthy, or even safe to use.
Some examples of free phone number finders that are useful whether you’re trying to find someone’s phone number or you’re looking at who owns a particular number, include TruePeopleSearch, Whitepages, and Spy Dialer.
Are you suspicious of your significant other? Worried your child is talking to someone sketchy on the phone? Or, are you merely tired of not knowing who that “unknown” number was that keeps ghosting you?
Maybe you’re being paranoid (it happens to the best of us), but a lot of people that have been in unfortunate situations think this at first, too. Wouldn’t it be better to know for sure?
By performing a reverse phone number lookup on sites such as GoLookUp, we can not only find out who the owner of that number is, but we can also see their criminal history, arrest records (if there are any), social media accounts (including dating profiles, if applicable), and even email and physical addresses.
Don’t do anything crazy if you find out the address of someone who may be having an affair with your spouse. GoLookUp offers a feature to email the results to someone. A better strategy may be to email them to your partner with an innocent question mark.
While it can be easy to get carried away, according to the Institute for Family Studies, a general social survey taken between 2010 and 2016 showed that 20 percent of men and 13 percent of women have had sex with someone other than their spouse while still being married. These numbers are scary, but they’re not high enough to ruin a marriage without knowing for sure.
Nearly everyone has a Facebook page today. And, when feeling suspicious of someone, we tend to want to “Facebook stalk” them (we’re all guilty). So, we’re left wondering …
Is it possible to find someone’s Facebook profile only having their phone number?
If the person who called you does in fact have a Facebook account, this should be relatively easy to find using services like GoLookUp. Considering that, according to Statista, Facebook has 2.41 billion active users as of earlier this year, it seems unlikely that this person could not have a Facebook.
According to an article published earlier this year on CNBC, Facebook now requires users to add their phone number under the guise of “extra security” and there’s no way to opt out. This makes it nearly guaranteed that if the person has a Facebook with the phone number setting set to “everyone,” they can be found using only that number with ease. Let’s be honest, not a lot of people have considered to even think about changing the phone number setting.
Plus, even if they had considered trying to hide their number, according to an article published in Tech Crunch earlier this year, even though Facebook now has the option to make phone numbers private “it’s still possible to ‘look up’ user profiles in other ways.” Therefore, it seems incredibly likely that you can find someone’s Facebook with only their phone number.
What are the benefits of using a reverse phone number lookup?
1. It’s confidential
A lot of times “snooping” doesn’t feel worth the potential sense of “broken trust” if the person ever found out. With GoLookUp’s reverse phone number search, it can’t be traced back to you. So, there’s no need for your loved one to know of your suspicions should they come up unfounded.
2. Find out secret information
This is the ideal way to find out who the person in your life that you’re suspicious of is talking to. Then, once you find out who it is, you can perform a thorough background check to find out if your child is talking to someone with a criminal record and/or if your significant other is hooking up with this person through dating apps. Plus, if you can find the suspicious person’s Facebook, you can see if they’re friends with your loved one as well.
3. Peace of mind
While finding out incriminating information about a loved one may be painful, it’s always best to get these things out in the open. And, while it may feel uncomfortable to low-key spy on our children, it’s better to know they are safe.
The service has even been sharing numbers given for security purposes.
If you use two-factor authentication (2FA) to secure your Facebook account, you likely, at some point, gave Facebook your phone number. 2FA adds an almost impenetrable layer of security to your Facebook account, since it requires you to enter a code sent via text message before logging in.
What you likely didn’t know was that Facebook would use that data — your phone number — to target you with ads.
Following a report by Gizmodo that Facebook allows advertisers to target phone numbers, Facebook has confirmed the practice with TechCrunch, stating that it uses phone numbers provided for security purposes to target users with ads.
For example, a grocery store that collects phone numbers for rewards could, in theory, target that database of phone numbers on Facebook. Facebook would cross-reference the grocery store’s list with its own database of phone numbers and serve ads to users associated with those numbers.
If you’d rather not get ads targeted to your phone number, it’s a good idea to know how to take those digits off of your account settings right now. This guide will show you how to remove your phone number from your general profile and two-factor authentication (while providing an alternative to using a phone number).
Open the Facebook app and select Settings & Privacy from the main drop-down menu. Select Settings and then Personal Information, which brings up your name, email address and phone number. Click Remove in the phone number field, which will prompt you to re-enter your Facebook password and then click Remove Phone in order to confirm the change. Look out for a confirmation email.
To remove your phone number from Facebook on your desktop, go to Settings under the main drop-down menu. Choose Your Facebook Information, and then choose View under Access Your Information. From there, go to Personal Information and choose Your Contact Information, where you’ll see your mobile phone number(s). Click Remove, and then Remove Phone when you’re asked if you’re sure.
User note: Even if you’ve tried to remove your phone number from the Facebook app and it appears successful, you might want to also check from a desktop if the number is still there, as it was after I thought I had deleted it from my mobile. Either way you try to delete it, you should receive a confirmation email if you’re successful.
(We reached out to Facebook for comment about this discrepancy and have not heard back.)
You may have also shared your phone number with Facebook to turn on two-factor-authentication (2FA), although the service stopped requiring the use of a phone number in May, so you may have used an authentication app such as Google Authenticator to turn on 2FA.
In order to remove your phone number from your 2FA setting on Facebook, you’ll have to turn off 2FA and then turn it back on using an authentication app. On mobile, go to Settings from the drop-down menu, choose Security and Login and then go to Two-Factor Authentication to turn it off and on. Instead of using your phone number, you can use an authenticator app or a physical key as the second factor.
If you’ve just started a Twitter account, or you’ve had one for a while but your feed is a little dead, you may want to consider uploading the contacts from your phone, so that you can find more people you know to follow.
When you open your Twitter account, you enter a phone number, an email or both. Those remain attached to your account — the same goes for anybody else who has one. So, when you sync your contacts, Twitter will show you any accounts associated with the emails or numbers you have in your phone, to help you find your friends. Once Twitter uploads your contacts, it will be able to suggest people you know to follow.
Here’s how to find your contacts on Twitter.
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How to find your contacts on Twitter
1. Open the Twitter mobile app.
2. Tap your profile icon in the top left corner to bring up the menu.
3. On the menu, tap “Settings and privacy.”
4. From the Settings and Privacy menu, under your username, tap “Privacy and safety.”
5. Scroll down and tap “Discoverability and contacts.”
6. Toggle the “Sync address book and contacts” switch to the on position.
7. To complete the process, tap “Sync contacts,” then tap OK to confirm.
To view your contacts after you sync them, simply go back to the same place you were in step six. All of your contacts will be shown; you can choose who to follow from among them.
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You get a call from a phone number you don’t recognize. There’s a good chance it’s just a scammer, but it could also be a legitimate business or a person you know. Rather than answering the phone or calling the number back, there are a few quick ways you can identify just who it was who tried to call you.
Google—or another search engine, like Bing if that’s what you’re into—is the first place you should turn when you see you’ve been called from an unfamiliar phone number. Just plug that number into Google or your search engine of choice. You can type the number in either the form “555-555-5555” or 5555555555 and you should see similar results.
If the number is associated with a legitimate business, you should see that businesses’s website appear in the first few results. If the number appears on that business’s website, you know it’s real.
If the number is a home landline phone number someone has registered through the traditional phone book system—in other words, if it would appear in a paper phone book (remember those?)—there’s a decent chance you’ll see that person’s name in the search results, too.
If the phone number is used by a scammer, however, you’ll likely see links to websites like whocalled.us, 800notes.com, and whocallsme.com. You can also visit these websites directly and plug in a phone number, if you like—but they’ll usually appear when you perform a normal Google search for a phone number associated with scams.
These websites allow users to comment, and people often leave comments about their experiences. Skim through them and, if the phone number has been calling a lot of people with a similar scam, you’ll get an idea that the number is associated with a scammer. You can block these scammers from calling you in the future, too.
Take the comments with a grain of salt and be sure to double-check whether it’s a real phone number associated with a legitimate business, if you think it might be.
Look Up the Number on Facebook
Not everyone knows this, but Facebook is actually an excellent way to perform a reverse lookup of phone numbers. Google usually won’t help you if you’re trying to find a phone number associated with an individual, but Facebook often will. You don’t even need to be Facebook friends with the person whose phone number this is.
That’s because Facebook has a setting that allows people to be looked up by their phone number, and it’s enabled by default. Even if people hide their phone numbers on their profiles, they often allow people to find them using their phone number.
Just head to Facebook and type the phone number into the search box. There’s a good chance someone’s name will appear, if that phone number is associated with that individual. If you see someone’s Facebook profile, they have that phone number associated with their Facebook account and you know who tried to call.
This won’t always work, as some people have disabled this feature and other people don’t use Facebook at all. But it will work a surprising amount of the time. If you see a “We couldn’t find anything for [number]” message, that number is either not associated with a Facebook profile or the person has disabled the lookup feature for their account. But really, it’s amazing how often this works—and it will work even when you can’t find the person associated with a phone number in any other way.
Find Public Information
Websites like whitepages.com can provide some additional information about a phone number. They’ll be able to associate a phone number with a person’s name and address if that information is available in the phone book—which it won’t be, for most phone numbers.
However, they’ll also be able to show you the geographical location where the phone number is registered, whether it’s a landline or a cell phone, and the phone company associated with the phone number. This information can give you some idea of who may be using a phone number.
This type of information is freely available on many different websites. Websites like these often ask for additional payment to try to find more information about a phone number—even the White Pages website does this—but we haven’t used these services and can’t vouch for them. We’d recommend sticking to the freely available information.
If you still can’t identify who tried to call you, you may want to try calling them back or just forget about it. They’ll probably call you back if it’s important.
24 Apr 2018
With an active monthly user base of over 2.2 billion, Facebook is the largest social media network in the world. This also makes it the largest people search engine on the planet with the ability to search for people, pages, posts, groups, events, and even photos.
How to Search Facebook Without an Account
You can not only search Facebook for people by their name, but also by their email addresses and phone numbers. Search results and the profile information you see may vary depending on the users’ individual privacy settings.
While the search feature is more powerful when you are logged in, there may be times when you want to do a quick Facebook search without logging in. Could be a quick background check for someone you plan to hire or checking the page of a public organization like WHO, there are times when the hassle of logging in to Facebook to check something is not worth it. Let’s see how to avoid that hassle and, yet, search Facebook.
1. Google Search Query
Google is the undisputed king of search engines and if you know some advanced search queries, you can search Google for specific file types, URLs, and even search a particular site for something specific.
The search string is site:yoursitehere.com query
I have allowed search engines to index my Facebook profile which means Google should have no trouble finding me. Let’s find out. So, I will type the following search string:
site:facebook.com gaurav bidasaria
I always thought my surname was weird and never expected to meet another by that name in this life. The Internet is weirder, though.
You can also perform the same search using email IDs and phone numbers.
2. Facebook Directory
While Google Search is powerful and works for both people as well as pages, who would better understand their own database than Facebook. Enter Facebook Directory.
You may be asked to enter captcha, to reassure FB that you are indeed a human, before you will see a small sample of data in alphabetical order.
You can tell Facebook to search for people, pages or places. Just choose the relevant tab and enter the query, and Facebook will return with search results. So, I decided to search for Jennifer Lawrence because well, I adore her like the rest of the world! I switched to Pages tab before searching to get more relevant results.
3. Facebook People Search
Facebook People Search not only shows profile of the person you searched for, it will also display other relevant information like employer, DoB, city, school, work place, and any other data publicly available to help you zero in on the profile you were looking for.
This makes People Search really powerful giving you the ability to refine your search queries. Like Google, you will see only 10 results on one page.
You see, the name is deceptive. When you initially land on the people search homepage, it will ask you to enter the name of the person you want to search for. But you can enter other queries too.
To understand it better, I decided to search for Sunburn, one of the largest music festivals in the world.
This opens up doors for you to search for even more stuff without really having to log into your Facebook account.
4. Social Search Engines
With the advent of social media came a new breed of search engines: Social search engines. Their objective is to aggregate publicly available data from a number of social media websites, like Facebook, and display it neatly for the searcher’s perusal. I will talk about two of them: Pipl and Social Searcher.
Pipl is a people search engine that will not only allow you to enter the name of the person, but also his location. This really helps narrow down potential profiles. As we saw earlier, even the most obscure name queries can come back with multiple results. Imagine what happens if the name is really common. John Doe, anyone?
Social Searcher, on the other hand, allows you to search for not just people, but also conversations using hashtags and advanced search queries. Like Pipl, Social Searcher will also show results from other social media sites. It can be a great resource if you want to search for info without wanting to log into Facebook.
A great way for people as well as brands and companies to find out what others are talking about them. You can also use it to read breaking news and follow real time events. It’s like a goldmine of information.
Both the services are free to use and comes with premium plans for business owners. The latter also has an app on the App Store.
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‘How do I delete my number from Facebook?’ you might be asking. Though you can rid it from your profile, it’s near impossible to delete it from the social network’s database. The best you can do is to limit who can find you via this phone number to just your friends. Here’s how.
Facebook is once again dealing with a privacy headache surrounding its collection of people’s phone numbers.
As TechCrunch reported this weekend, the social network has a vast trove of phone numbers in its database, some of which are associated with internet users who aren’t even on Facebook. It comes by these numbers in a variety of ways—your mobile phone or tablet; your carrier; a number that you entered previously but didn’t confirm; and contact info provided by others on Facebook.
The trouble is, once Facebook has scraped your phone number, you can’t delete it from the social network’s database. And other people can use it to look you up on Facebook. The best existing Facebook users can do is to limit who can find them via this phone number to just friends. Here’s how.
On the mobile app, tap the hamburger icon ( ) and select Settings & Privacy > Settings > Privacy Settings. Scroll down to How People Can Find and Contact You, and look for “Who can look you up using the phone number you provided?”
Tap that, and you’ll have the option for Everyone, Friends of friends, or Friends.
According to TechCrunch, the default setting is Everyone, which is likely unwelcome news for the privacy-conscious. Facebook tells TechCrunch it made this the default because it “makes it easier to find people you know but aren’t yet friends with.” Your best course of action here is to select Friends, which restricts access only to the people with whom you are friends on Facebook.
On the desktop, the process is similar. Select Settings > Privacy. Under How People Can Find and Contact You, look for “Who can look you up using the phone number you provided?” and click Edit on the right. In the drop-down menu, select Friends.
Limit Your Contact Info
As mentioned above, one way Facebook gathers phone numbers is by scanning people’s contact lists to help them connect with friends on Facebook. We’ve all been there; you create an account on a new service, and in a bid to find people to follow, you provide the service with access to your contacts.
That’s nice, but it also means that even if you actively avoid Facebook over privacy concerns, any rando with your phone number in their contacts list could possibly upload it to Facebook when signing up for the service. Facebook also has a setting that lets people continuously upload their contacts in order to surface new people to follow. Do you have that activated on your account? Let’s find out.
On the mobile app, tap the hamburger menu and select Settings & Privacy > Settings and scroll down to Media and Contacts.
On Android, tap Media and Contacts and make sure Continuous Contacts Upload is toggled to off.
On iOS, tap Upload Contacts and make sure Upload Contacts is toggled off.
Use an Authenticator for 2FA
This isn’t the first phone number-related uproar for Facebook. Last fall, Gizmodo reported that mobile numbers submitted to Facebook for the purposes of two-factor authentication (2FA), as well as contact information pulled from friends’ address books, are used to target ads.
It turns out that Facebook lets advertisers upload information about people they want to target, including phone numbers and email addresses. If Facebook has that info in its system, the ad goes out.
So, as you can see, it’s very difficult to avoid giving Facebook your phone number when everyone from advertisers to high school besties can upload it to the social network with a few taps. But you can try. And in this instance, you can use an Authenticator app for 2FA approval instead of your phone number, an option Facebook rolled out in May.
As a refresher, 2FA is a security option that requires two forms of authentication when you sign into an account—usually your password and a code sent to your phone via text or an authenticator app. To set it up on Facebook, go to Settings > Security and Login and look for two-factor authentication. There you can opt how to get your secondary login.
If you opt for an authenticator app, you’ll have to download one. I use Google Authenticator (Android, iOS) but you can use whatever you prefer. To add Facebook, open the authenticator app, tap to add a new account, and either scan a QR code or enter a code provided by Facebook. Then, when you log in, you enter your Facebook password and then open the app to retrieve a six-digit code that changes every 30 seconds.
If you are currently using a phone number for Facebook 2FA and want to switch to an Authenticator, you can do that easily. But to remove your phone number, at least in theory, you’ll have to turn 2FA off and add it back with just an authenticator. On desktop, navigate to Settings > Security & Login and click “Edit” next to Use two-factor authentication.
Under “Added Security,” click to remove your phone number. A pop-up will tell you that doing so turns off 2FA. Click OK and then navigate back to settings to set up 2FA once again.
Give Facebook search a chance!
Short Bytes: Do you know about all the things you can do using Facebook’s search engine? It’s way powerful than you think. Using a combination of different search phrases, you can search all the posts, news, places, and photos. You can even use it to shop, play games, or listen to music. But, it’s a lot different than regular web search engines like Google.
F acebook’s internal search engine is one of the most underrated and under-used tools we come across every day. Also, apart from Google’s search engine, it’s one of the most powerful search tools that we have at our fingertips.
Our most Facebook search activity is limited to typing the names of friends and pages in the search box and seldom we use it for other purposes. This isn’t entirely our fault. After the introduction of Graph Search in 2014, apart from becoming more popular, Facebook’s search engine has become trickier. Now, there are many options and query syntax.
What exactly can I find using Facebook search?
If you take a look at Facebook’s search prompt, it says “Search Facebook.” That’s right, this search lets you search any post you’ve seen before on Facebook, all the friends, all publicly shared items, etc.
But, to do so, often Facebook needs you to phrase your search queries using natural language. Basically, it’s very different from Google’s search engine. As you enter a phrase or friend’s name, Facebook starts showing you prompts and suggestions that are automatically generated. These suggestions are personalized, which means that they are different for all Facebook users and vary according to their past activities.
1. Use Facebook to find friends, groups, and pages, obviously
Facebook experience is all about your friends and there are many ways you can search your friends. Apart from directly searching for any user, you can sort the search results based on city, education, work, and mutual friends. Alternatively, you can also use following patterns:
- My friends
- My close friends
- Friends of my friends
- Friends of Sarah
2. Tips and trick to easily search interests, likes, photos, etc.
The new Facebook search makes it easy to find what your friends have liked. For example, you can start typing Friends who like…. and it’ll start showing top suggestions. To narrow the search results, you need to click on a filter like People, Photos, Pages, etc.
You can use phrases like Photos of…. to look for your photos, pictures of your friends, etc. You can also search your previously liked photos and posts. Simply search Photos/posts liked by me. You can also use this search syntax to find the photos/posts liked by your friends and family. Simply replace me with my friends or some particular friend.
Facebook search also supports other keyword searches to help you find what you’re looking for. You can start searching with keywords like cake recipe Carol, Lisa wedding, etc. You can use the phrases that you remember from a particular post.
3. Find hotels, restaurants, etc. using Facebook
Just in case you’re looking for some pizza place nearby, you can try related searches. As Facebook supports search for places, you’ll be able to search for hotels, businesses, restaurants, services, etc. You can combine phrases like liked by my friends, liked by me, etc. to get more specific results.
4. Search videos using Facebook search
You can also search for videos on Facebook. Simply use phrases like videos, trailer, music video, etc. to get what you want. Ex. La La Land Trailer
5. Find latest news articles on Facebook
In recent times, Facebook has emerged as one of the most common sources of news for its users. You can use phrases like Links/news/posts about… or use hashtags to specify the search result:
6. Search games and music
Facebook is also home to various games and music. You can search for games like Candy Crush, Words With Friends, etc. You can also search your favorite music artists and bands, and get updates on their latest releases and videos.
7. Find things on Facebook and shop
You might haven’t realized but you can do shopping on Facebook. Simply search for the thing you’re looking for and narrow down the query using the top filters. You also get the option to sort the shop results according to their price.
8. Search your own Facebook history
Apart from using Facebook search option to find your posts and photos, you can search your activity log by visiting this URL: https://www.facebook.com/me/allactivity
9. Find phone number on Facebook
Last but not the least, you can search for a phone number on Facebook. Simply enter your phone number (if it’s public), you can see it for yourself.
Important: Combine the search keywords
As said above, you can combine these phrases together and add things like time, location, interests, likes, etc. to get more specific results. For ex., Photos of my friends before 2000. You should also keep in mind that Facebook’s Graph Search isn’t a typical web search engine. It’s best for searching specific content types like photos, people, posts, places, and businesses.
It goes without saying that the search results are affected by the privacy settings. Facebook also makes sure that your privacy settings are taken care of.
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If you’ve ever given your phone number to Facebook, anyone can find your profile by running a Facebook search on that number. And we mean anyone with a Facebook account—not just your friends. Recently, a security researcher demonstrated that he could exploit Facebook by connecting hundreds of thousands of phone numbers with their owners’ names.
Even though Facebook lets anyone find you through a reverse phone number lookup by default, you can prevent it from happening by following these simple steps:
Step 1: Log into your Facebook account.
Step 2: Go to Privacy Settings.
Step 3: On the Privacy Settings page, you’ll see a section for “How You Connect.” Click “edit settings” next to it.
Step 4: A box titled “How You Connect” will open. On the drop-down menu next to “Who can look you up using the email address or phone number you provided,” select “friends.” (This is as private as you can go; Facebook won’t let you limit it to “no one”).
Step 5: Click the “Done” button to save your changes.
You’re done! Now you’ve limited Facebook’s reverse phone lookup so that only your friends can find you through your number. Unless it’s absolutely necessary, it’s a good idea to avoid giving your phone number to any social network, despite them repeatedly asking for it for “security purposes.”
Facebook has restricted phone number searches on its mobile site after a security researcher was able to find Facebook users by searching random phone numbers.
Facebook says being able to look someone up by searching for their phone number on Facebook is a feature, not a bug.
“By default, your privacy settings allow everyone to find you with search and friend finder using the contact info you have provided, such as your email address and phone number,” Facebook said in an emailed statement.
It says it keeps people from abusing the feature by restricting how many times they are permitted to search for phone numbers.
If Facebook did not restrict that, Facebook users could be at the mercy of marketers, pollsters, basically anyone, looking to match phone numbers with information from Facebook profiles.
The researcher in question said that the mobile version of Facebook did not have the same rate limits as the desktop version. Other security researchers said they verified that. But Facebook disputes that.
“Facebook has developed an extensive system for preventing the malicious usage of our search functionality and the scenario described by the researcher was indeed rate-limited and eventually blocked,” the company said.
If you are concerned about people having access to your profile by searching for your phone number, there are two steps you can take.
First, go to the about section in your profile. Click on the button next to mobile phones and other phones and make sure that they are not set to “everyone.” You can change the setting to “friends,” “friends except acquaintances” or, the most restrictive, “only me.”
Then, go to your privacy settings. Click on “how you connect.” Then under “who can look you up using the email address or phone number you provided,” select “friends” or “friends of friends.”
Of course, if you really want to shield your phone number from Facebook, the only sure-fire way is to remove it from Facebook.
You can find your number on Google Voice with just a few clicks.
It’s easy to do this by accessing your account on a web browser, or the Google Voice app on your iPhone or Android phone.
Here’s how to find your Google Voice number:
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How to find your Google Voice number on desktop
1. Login to your Google Voice account at voice.google.com.
2. Click the gear icon near the top of the page to access Settings.
3. Your Google Voice number will be displayed in the center of the page under the Account heading. Click the icon on the right side of the box to copy the number.
How to find your Google Voice number on the mobile app
The Google Voice app for iPhone and Android use the same menu structure so you can use the following steps for both devices.
1. Open the Google Voice app on your device.
2. Tap the main menu (three horizontal lines) in the top-left corne and then tap Settings.
3. Your Google Voice number will be displayed at the top, just under the Account heading. Tap the number to copy it.
How to manage your Google Voice number
You can also manage your Google Voice number from the Account Settings menu.
It’s possible to update your forwarding number, toggle “do not disturb” on or off, and more from your mobile device or computer. The features available in your account will depend on which type of account you have.
You can learn more about Google Voice account types from the Google Voice help center.
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If you access Facebook from a mobile device, your phone number may be listed in your friends’ contacts list. It’s easy to remove your phone number, if you know where to look.
If you have been on Facebook recently, you may have seen a few of your friends update their status with this warning:
ALL THE PHONE NUMBERS of your contacts are now on Facebook! Go to the top right of the screen, click on ACCOUNT, click on EDIT FRIENDS, left side of screen and click CONTACTS. You will see all phone numbers from your phone (FB friends or not) are published that you have stored in your mobile phone. TO REMOVE, go to the right column, click on ‘this page.’ Please repost this on your status, so your friends can remove their numbers and thus prevent abuse if they do not want them published.
This isn’t the first time that Facebook has published personal information about its users, and I don’t know how recently this change to sync phone contacts, too, took place. But I can tell you that on my Phonebook Contacts list (Account > Edit Friends > Contacts), many but not all of my Facebook friends’ phone numbers–both mobile and sometimes home–are listed. According to Facebook, this Phonebook “displays contacts you have imported from your phone, as well as your Facebook friends.” Below this quote in the right-hand column of the Phonebook page, it offers instructions and a link to disable this feature and remove your mobile contacts.
That’s all well and good, but unless all of my Facebook friends disable this feature, my number will still be out there, in the Facebook ether. In this tutorial, I will show you how to delete your phone number. And if you’d like, how to delete those of your Facebook friends as well.
I am an iPhone user, and I certainly didn’t voluntarily provide my cell phone number to Facebook. (Just because I am Facebook friends with someone doesn’t necessarily mean I want them calling me.) I don’t know for sure, but I’m guessing my number got added when I installed the Facebook app on my iPhone.
To delete your phone number (or see if your number is listed), log in to Facebook and click the gray Edit Profile button in the upper-right corner of your profile page. Then, in the left-hand column, click on Contact Information. In the area labeled Phones, you’ll see any numbers you’ve registered with Facebook, perhaps unknowingly. Remove any numbers you see there and click the blue Save Changes button below.
Your phone number(s) might be listed on your friends’ Phonebook Contacts list. Screenshot by Matt Elliott
To delete your friends’ phone numbers from Facebook’s Phonebook Contacts list, click on Account in the upper-right corner of Facebook and then click on Edit Friends. Next, click on Contacts from the left-hand column and you should see many of your friends’ phone numbers on the Phonebook Contacts page. In the right-hand column, Facebook provides a description of the page and how to remove your mobile contacts. Click on the linked words “this page” and then on the next page, hit the Remove button.
On the Remove page, Facebook says, “Before you click Remove, you need to make sure syncing is switched off” and gives instructions on how to find syncing on an iPhone.
Before you delete the numbers listed from Facebook’s Phonebook contacts, you must first turn off Syncing on your mobile device. Screenshot by Matt Elliott
To do so, open the Facebook app on your iPhone. From the main menu, tap the Friends icon, then the Sync button in the upper-right corner, then the Sync Contacts button, and then next to Syncing move the slider to Off.
While you’re at it, you might also want to look into how to disable facial recognition in Facebook .
The reason why people don’t share their contact details on social media platforms or the internet is that they face privacy issues. If someone’s address and phone number are on the web, the person may get tons of prank calls which is an infringement of anonymity. But data collection is the backbone of many businesses and thus making a list of contact details is a part of the job.
This helps in cold calling and lead generation.
So, when was the last time that you tried to find the phone number? Did you also try the most common approach to search for huge phone books or yellow pages?
Did you waste loads of time and energy in the process?
Well not anymore. There is a special trick of searching phone number through just one street address with the help of an online tool! Let’s find about it!
How to find phone numbers using an address?
If you think that Finding a phone number is an impossible task, it’s a myth. We will disclose a secret technique to help you get that phone number you are searching for! Is there anything that you need to know prior before searching the phone number? Yes, a street address, city and state or ZIP code are some details required for finding a particular phone number.
1) Quick Google Search to look up phone numbers
Before you dive into the most complex methods, a simple yet intelligent search on google search dialogue box can solve most of your problems. This will surely be the first step undertaken by anyone before anyone uses any software.
Yet, at times you could have been either unlucky or not have the eagle’s eye to find the Phone numbers via address. Consider yourself lucky if you find that phone number on any of the first top ten websites. This might happen if that person has mentioned his/her contact details on any open platform. Many people get disheartened after not finding the contact details through a google search. But you can further try by searching through email address, zip code, personal details like college or school, area etc. If searching through address then input the entire details like zip code, area, city and state. After this, just leave everything to Google.
If you still have tough luck and couldn’t find the number then read the methods mentioned further.
2) Global People Search
The Global People Search is one such tool to help you find phone number using address.
This is a website which can help you find listings for addresses all over the world. Also, it’s FREE.
Through International lookup facility, you can find the phone number and email address. The company is soon going to roll out a new feature of finding the name through the phone number of that person.
This way you could know who you would be contacted as well.
3) Through ZIP Code search
There are high chances that the phone number might be incorrect due to the incorrect address. Even if you don’t have the full address, you can easily take the help of the ZIP code and still get the exact address. ZIP codes can be found on Melissadata.com or People.YellowPages.com.
People.YellowPages.com has an edge over other websites as it can provide you with the phone numbers if you know the address of the person.
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Shutterstock / Bloomua Security is one tough business, as it seems like every day brings a new flaw or vulnerability. Today’s finding is a big one, since it could impact nearly 1.5 billion Facebook users.
Reza Moaiandin, the technical director at the Salt Agency, discovered a flaw with Facebook that could allow hackers to figure out your phone number, even when it’s set to private. Here’s how it works, and how to protect yourself.
How it works
Facebook’s search box allows you to find potential friends on Facebook by simply typing their name, but many people don’t know that you can also enter phone numbers and receive results. If you think that setting your phone number to private will stop it from showing in search results, think again. Setting your phone number as private only stops it from appearing in your personal profile when non-friends are viewing it.
If we wrote a script and used Facebook’s API, we could have millions of phone numbers within minutes.
Facebook has an additional setting that allows anyone to search for you based on your phone number or your email address, and it’s set to Public by default. This means that anyone (friend or non-friend) entering your phone number in the Facebook search box will get information such as your name, location, and profile picture. That’s OK if the person actually knows your number, because they are most likely an acquaintance, a personal friend, or a family member.
The problem arises because a hacker can write a simple script with millions of phone numbers following a pattern for a certain area. They can then use Facebook’s API to conduct a search and get results within minutes. Imagine how devastating this would be for celebrities and politicians, especially since most people are using their mobile number exclusively these days.
To prove Moaiandin’s finding, we typed in a few phone numbers of non-friends in the Facebook search box, and bingo, the name of the person, location, and profile photo appeared for each number just like if we had typed their name. Of course, this method would be super slow since you would have to enter in each possible phone number, but it proves the flaw exists. If we wrote a script and used Facebook’s API, we could have millions of phone numbers along with who they belonged to within minutes.
What can Facebook do?
Moaiandin is advising Facebook to simply limit the amount of requests per user and detect patterns. This would be a good start, but encrypting data would be the best-case scenario.
He first contacted Facebook in April 2015 with his findings, but the first engineer didn’t understand the issue. After waiting a bit, Moaiandin notified the company again last month, and one engineer replied with, “Thanks for writing in. I investigated our codebase and it does appear to implement rate throttling. Note that the rate limits may be higher than the rate you’re sending to our servers, therefore you do not appear to be blocked. This is intentional. We do not consider it a security vulnerability, but we do have controls in place and mitigate abuse.” In other words, Facebook has some controls to prevent hackers from gathering mass phone-number lists, but they aren’t strict enough.
How to defend yourself in less than a minute
Good news! You don’t have to wait until Facebook wakes up and fixes this issue.
We contacted Reza Moaiandin and can confirm that if you follow the steps outlined below from either a desktop or a smartphone, your phone number will not be visible to hackers trying to use a script, or any random person who happens to enter it in the Facebook search field. We urge everyone to do this now, since it takes less than a minute to do.
From a desktop
- Open Facebook in your browser, click on the upside down triangle at the top right, and select Settings.
- Select Privacy from the left pane.
- Find Who Can Look Me Up under Privacy Settings and Tools
- Select Who can look me up using the phone number you provided? and change it to Friends of Friends or just Friends. Just Friends would be the ultimate protection.
- You will also notice an option for Who can look me up using the email address you provided? You can change this as well if you would like, but it’s a lot more difficult for a hacker to create a script of email patterns based on their complexities.
From your smartphone
- In the Facebook app, tap on the hamburger icon (three lines) at the top right and find Account Settings.
- Tap on Privacy.
- Find Who Can Look Me Up under How You Connect.
- Select Who can look me up using the phone number you provided? and change it to Friends of Friends or just Friends. Just Friends would be the ultimate protection.
- You will also notice an option for Who can look me up using the email address you provided? You can change this if you would like, but it’s a lot more difficult for a hacker to create a script of email patterns based on their complexities.
We will update this post when Facebook acknowledges the flaw and subsequently fixes it.