Why do you need my phone number?

Having your phone number during the registration process allows us to verify you as a real user as is a much stronger level of security. In addition, it is much safer for our users than other apps that allow people to be verified by an email address (it’s much easier to get an email address than it is a phone number). Furthermore, it helps with blocked users – if a user is banned, so is their phone number (again, this helps protect the Hello Tiger community as it is safer than allowing users on the platform with just an email address).

Having your phone number also helps protect you against fraud and secures the Hello Tiger ecosystem from bots or spammers registering multiple accounts. It’s also a simple and easy way to verify a user. To prove a user is who they say they are, a unique SMS code is delivered to the user’s provided phone number (voice codes are spoken over the phone for non-mobile users). The recipient is then required to re-enter that code into the application or website. Simple stuff if you are a legitimate owner of a phone number, but if your motivation is to create a fake account, scamming the system is a lot of work. Compared with opening bogus email accounts, generating fraudulent phone numbers necessitates that the attackers obtain new SIM cards for each number, which in turn requires opening an account with a legitimate telecommunications company. The time, effort, and cost involved just aren’t worth the payoff.

Many digital leaders are asking for phone numbers at signup. Companies like Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Twitter verify phone number ownership during account creation and then use them at the login stage to confirm the identity of the returning user. A growing number of tech leaders understand that with a phone number associated with an account, their users feel safer, enjoy faster recovery if account access is lost, and much more.    
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