May 25, 2021 // Product
Call Masking (aka Call Anonymization) uses proxy phone numbers, provided by a CPaaS like Voxology, to keep caller identity anonymous and prevent fraudulent use of sensitive information. In a world where data security and personal privacy are of utmost importance, Call Masking ensures anonymity and safety for both parties on the call. Call Masking enables you to provision a pool of numbers that show up on each end of the call, or SMS exchange, as a “masked” number. Additionally, the bridge connecting the two numbers can be designed in a way to enable a temporary connection, allowing for secure and safe communication only during the allotted time.
Call Masking is a powerful tool for any software application or company wanting to protect the identity and sensitive data of their users, employees, or business partners. It can also be used as a deterrent to platform leakage (or disintermediation) on marketplace and sharing-economy applications. In either case, when Call Masking is deployed successfully, it can simultaneously capture significant value and insight from a user base.
Your customers or users may not know what Call Masking is, but they most likely benefit from it on a regular basis. One of the most well-known examples of Call Masking occurs when using a rideshare app. When your ride approaches your location, you may receive a text or call from the driver informing you that they’re close. The number that shows up on your phone is not the driver’s personal number, but a masked number that has been provisioned through the CPaaS API. The anonymity, in this case, goes both ways. The passenger’s number shows up on the driver’s phone as a masked number as well. After the ride is complete, and the agreed-upon service has been rendered, the bridge connecting these two anonymized numbers may stay active for another hour — in case, for instance, the passenger left their wallet in the car. However, once the bridge closes, the numbers will no longer work to reach either party, limiting the interaction and protecting each person’s time and identity.
Behind the scenes, these call and SMS requests are routed through the CPaaS API and forwarded to the caller’s and receiver’s real phone numbers as an anonymized number. The rideshare example can be extrapolated to a myriad of different use cases, all of which connect person-to-person or business-to-person, such as:
Marketplace Platform Applications // Communication between buyers and sellers
Healthcare Patient Communications // Doctor- or nurse-to-patient, HIPAA-protected communications
Shipping and Delivery Applications // Communications between delivery person and recipient
Sharing Economy Applications // Communications between buyer and service provider
Education Applications // Communications between teachers and students
Dating and Social/Neighborhood Applications // Anonymized personal data until real numbers are agreed to be shared
Adding Call Masking to your application or company’s capabilities can result in a wide-range of benefits. Some examples include:
Security & Privacy
Communication Visibility and Logging
Enhanced User Experience
Protect Your Business Phone Numbers
Market leaders across a vast spectrum of industries choose Voxology as their telecommunications backbone because we make telecom easy. Not only do we provide your developers with the building blocks and easy-to-use API for important features like Call Masking, Voxology also provides the phone numbers, minutes, and call control functionality you need to modernize and maximize your entire communications infrastructure.
We also supply the customized support, documentation, and starter guides your team needs to build the features your customers are looking for, including:
Local Phone Number Coverage // Search and provision phone numbers from our massive inventory of local numbers based on prefix (NPA-NXX), city/region, LATA, Rate Center, or postal code.
Call Recording // Provide call recordings for compliance and quality assurance.
Media Stream // Analyze the audio of phone calls and provide real-time insights to your customers, using your own AI algorithms.
SMS/MMS // Enable message masking on your toll-free and local phone numbers.
Logging // Provide call and message logs to your customers to see when, how often, and how long communication interactions took place through the application.
Call Control // Provide seemingly endless optionality on your call masking call flows via the Voice API.
You no longer need to piecemeal your telecom infrastructure. Voxology has the solutions for all of your unique business needs.