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If you're ever worried about people (or organisations) finding social media accounts through your mobile number, (in the UK at least) Vodafone do free sims. You can get a number to secure your accounts without having any known information linked to you or having to be using an online service.
Just explained this to someone who had their accs brought up over something by people they didn't know could find it.

Stuff about having phone numbers and email addresses attached to social media accounts 

If you're stuck with phone only system for 2fa and have a spare handset it's good to use a number not known by people for it, too.
If you're similarly worried about email (since so many forms and things demand it now). you can set up Gmail /proton mail or something and have all emails forwarded to your usual account in settings. Carry on as normal just fill out social media profiles with the dummy account.

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With the data being held by companies in ways we don't necessarily know and consistent fuck ups with data leaks, along with heading down a pretty terrifying road politically, it's beginning to look a lot less extreme as a measure than it was.
The DWP already search for profiles using this information so I've no doubt other gov departments do too, and will more commonly as time goes on.

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@sophia giffgaff will also sends out multiple free SIMS but I think they do link them to an address (and block a lot of things without age ID, although this is easy to get round by tethering the phone to another computer and you at least get a different phone number).

Beware that Voda doesn't work well in some areas like East Anglia (not enough masts) - EE has best coverage but its also what govt/feds use >>

Stuff about having phone numbers and email addresses attached to social media accounts 

@sophia

Coverage/reliability may be important if you live outside a town and depend on the mobile for any health-related stuff/keeping in touch with close friends/partners/carers

This might also be useful to UK folk as it shows which PAYG SIMS use which real networks..

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_

Stuff about having phone numbers and email addresses attached to social media accounts 

@vfrmedia thank you for this information!

Stuff about having phone numbers and email addresses attached to social media accounts 

@sophia my current day job involves monitoring quality of UK mobile networks for use in healthcare (where privacy and reliability are both important), I carry multiple devices to log data for this and am always willing to share my findings, although I'm normally only doing this around Suffolk and North Essex (in a mixture of urban and rural areas)

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@sophia when i go to their free sim pages it darkens like there's supposed to be a popup, and i can't click anything

freesim.vodafone.co.uk/

i'm not sure what's happening?

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@sophia i deleted one of their scripts from a couple lines down the body of the html and it seems to work again

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@sophia if anyone else is having this issue, enter inspector (i think it's inspect element in chrome) and delete the div with the id "optanon" and the class "modern"

it should be pretty close to the top

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@xenon if you struggle with that particular carrier's site , just type 'free sim <other carrier>' into a search engine, a lot do them

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@sophia I currently have a metaservice for email in the works that will do exactly this.

multiple, random email addresses to your favorite instant messenger of choice. will make datamining based off email alone impossible.

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@sophia what do you mean with "free sims" in that context? if you have a contract you can get extra sim carda swith the same/extra phone number?

or can you just go to a vodaphone store and ask for a free sim card, and they'll give it to you (please cw a positive answer to this as my mind would not. be. ready. for. this.)?

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@tethre you get a new sim card with a new number, not linked to your existing contract, that you can swap out or put in a spare phone.

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@sophia wat.

i'm moving to uk. see you tomorrow!

no, but thank you! this is great info either way!

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@sophia In Germany you have to register with your passport to get a new sim-card ..:(

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@Drezil could you have someone order from the UK and send you? The beauty of this is you never need to send anything from the sim, only receive, so wouldn't be additional overseas charges

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