Android version 4.4 KitKat features a smarter Caller ID system that automatically displays business names when they call you, if you don’t have their number saved in your phone. But the feature also automatically displays your name and Google+ profile photo on every call you make. If you don’t want your face to pop up on anyone’s phone running KitKat, here’s how to opt out. Head over to Google.com/settings/phone, where you’ll find all phone numbers linked to your account. If you don’t want a particular number to be discoverable in KitKat’s Caller ID, uncheck the box next to that number. If you don’t currently have a phone number attached to your account, the page will say something like “No phone numbers associated with this setting.” If you see that message, you’re in the clear. Google is doing everything it can to spread Google+ to all corners of the mobile world, but knows you value your privacy, too. If you want to stay private, opt out soon, before you forget.
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Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and the CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, writes a weekly column for Adweek, and is a regular commentator on CNN and CNBC and writes a popular daily business blog. He’s the Co-Host of the award-winning podcast Techstream with Shelly Palmer & Seth Everett and he hosts the Shelly Palmer #CryptoWednesday Livestream. Follow @shellypalmer or visit shellypalmer.com.