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September 18, 2012

Tradecraft? There is An App For That

There are any number of reasons why you might want to talk to a stranger without giving out your own cell number.  Well, now, there’s an app for that.

Burner is a $1.99 app by Ad Hoc Labs, which provides a temporary phone number for both voice and text.  One may use this number as long as it is useful.  When no longer needed, you can delete it with a single click.

Criminals have often used multiple disposable cells to disrupt phone taps.  This app won’t help them much, but for legal users, it provides a convenient way to keep your privacy from someone (provided they are not law enforcement who can subpoena the Apple store).

Burner is currently available now in the Apple App Store and costs $1.99, which includes enough credits to create one short-duration Burner line. Additional credits can be acquired through in-app purchases.

About the Author

Mark Miller is a Green Beret who served in Afghanistan and a number of other live fire locations. He's a poet-warrior in the classic sense, a casual hero and a student of science.

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  • DeltaBravo193

    I have this app and mess with my friends all the time.  Good lil app I will say

  • LauraKinCA

     @MattFanning Well, that makes more sense. Apparently there is an app for that!  

  • Breach

    This is pretty funny. 

  • ufridman

    @John_Resco yea, but it doesn't work that well

  • Packetknife

     @TomRyan I have a distinct feeling you're well aware of these and others. Nice try at playing dumb though. ;-) -Pk