Saturday, June 20, 2009

One Phone number to rule them all

So this morning on Slashdot.org I saw this link to an article detailing how Google reserved 1 million phone numbers for its anticipated free phone forwarding service that, "The free service, announced in March, lets users unify their phone numbers, allowing them to have a single number through Google Voice that rings a call through to all their phones." Check the article out here

This is super awesome... although I do worry a little bit. Google at this point in time is a veritable Information Atlas. It has the responsibility to protect and maintain a ridiculous amount of people's private information around the globe. I'm sure the intentions are good but, but the idea of phone calls being accidentally or maliciously forwarded to a ghost phone somewhere is kind of scary. Granted this sort of thing can happen already I guess, but this provides an epic scale to do it. I guess we should exercise the same mentality that a lot of us have finally adopted for email. The idea that the channel is not always secure (they can always reply all stuff), and acting accordingly. So I think it'll be OK after we adjust our behaviors accordingly. Not like I think that Google would mess stuff up or anything, its just that if there was a security breach the impact would be ridiculous. Big ups to google for being so epic.

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