I presented a privacy overview class on July 9th as part of the Lifetime Learning Institute.  The participants were very engaged and had many good suggestions of ways they’ve worked to limit the amount of personal information that is shared about them. One of the participants mentioned Nomorobo.com.  I hadn’t heard of this free service so looked it up.  It was one of the three projects that won the Federal Trade Commission’s  (FTC) Robocall Challenge back in 2013. It sounds like a great way to prevent robocalls from slipping through the FTC’s “Do Not Call” registry.  How does it work?  It uses the “simultaneous ringing” feature that’s available through most phone carriers.  In a nutshell, the Nomorobo technology spots robocalls, blocks the calls and then automatically hangs up on them. There is only one necessary prerequisite for using this free service. Individuals have to have a voice over type of phone service.  Nomorobo doesn’t work on traditional analog landlines or wireless phones.  The website lists the services on which Nomorobo is offered; these include, VerizonFios; TimeWarner cable; Comcast xfinity; and Vonage among others. It’s certainly a service worth exploring so individuals can see if their phone service has the “simultaneous ringing” feature so that Nomorobo can be used.