The end of spoofed calls? Read what the new STIR/SHAKEN protocol means for you

Missed call? Beware of one-ring scamSick of all those robocallers flooding your phone with spam? We have a good news for you. If everything goes as expected, you could say your final goodbye to robocalls in no more than one year.

According to YouMail, 16,5 billion robocalls were placed nationwide so far in 2020, equaling roughly 50,4 calls per person affected. Luckily, this trend is about to change. At least in the United States. The solution? Caller ID authentication, implemented by carriers themselves.

A new caller ID authentication

Caller ID authentication (which is sometimes called STIR/SHAKEN) is a new system, created to combat illegal caller ID spoofing. This system has but one goal – to erode the ability of callers to illegally spoof a caller ID, which scammers use to trick Americans into answering their phones. After this system is full implemented, consumers and law enforcement alike easily identify the source of illegal robocalls and reduce their frequency and impact. 

And now for the important question. Since when does this new system start to take effects? If everything is going as expected, you don’t have to wait more than couple of months. US phone carriers are obligated to implement the caller ID authentication until the end of June, 2021. Once implemented, you shouldn’t be receiving any more illegal robocalls or spoofed calls anymore.

Until then, you still can use an effective call blocker that will get you rid of all annoying spam calls. And you can make use of it even after the new STIR/SHAKEN authentication is implemented – while the new system will protect you against spoofed numbers and illegal robocalls, a spam blocker app (such as the Should I Answer app) will help you also with calls which, even though legal, are still annoying.

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