Two days ago, the “Craigslist Killer” was sentenced to the death penalty for luring Craigslist users to his home and killing them. Being weary of Craigslist is warranted, but Google Voice is an excellent resource to help you stay anonymous on Craigstlist while either buying someone’s junk or pawning your own junk off on someone else.
What is Google Voice?
Google Voice is a hub and first line of defense for your communications, similar to a secretary. Just as a secretary could route your calls to your cellphone, office phone, or home phone, Google Voice can be taught how you wish your calls and texts to be routed. The best part is you are given a new phone number with a local area code. It’s a free service too.
From this new Google Voice number, you can make/receive calls and send/receive texts. Giving this number out to potentially creepy Craigslisters is harmless. Your real cellphone number is masked behind this Google Voice number which lets you remain anonymous on Craigslist during the entire transaction. If someone decides they want to stalk you and relentlessly try to contact you, Google allows you to easily change phone numbers for $10. That’s a lot easier than a restraining order.
How to Setup Google Voice
First, signup for a Gmail account if you haven’t done so already. Next, go to https://www.google.com/voice to follow a simple setup wizard that includes choosing your new number, deciding how calls and texts should be routed, and optionally setting up voicemail (skip the voicemail step if you want to maximize anonymity). You can either use Google Voice from your browser or install the mobile application which I recommend and use.
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