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Michael Cohen had 16 Cell Phones Seized by the FBI

I’m jealous! Security experts often advise politicians, business executives, movie stars, professional athletes, and others to always have a second cell phone in addition to their primary phone. The second phone, sometimes called “a burner phone,” should receive little use. The owner is advised to use it only when he or she might want to hide something from law enforcement personnel or Border Patrol or perhaps is in danger of having news reporters or business competitors snooping through the person’s affairs. In fact, another good use might be to hide something from a curious spouse!

If the owner’s primary phone is later examined by someone else, the text messages, installed apps, and recent phone call information contained within the burner phone will not be found. Hiding a second phone that is used only for highly-sensitive purposes can be a big help when it comes to keeping secrets.

However, we may have a new record in burner phones! Michael Cohen, President Trump’s personal lawyer, reportedly had as many as 16 cell phones when the FBI raided Cohen’s home, office and hotel room!

You can read more about Cohen’s 16 cell phones (and multiple iPads) in an article by Kaja Whitehouse in the New York Post news site at:

Why did Michael Cohen have 16 cell phones? What was so important that he had to hide that many things? Did the FBI find ALL his cell phones? Or does Michael Cohen have even more?

Curious minds want to know.

Categories: Cell Phones, People, Telephone Security

1 reply

  1. An easy way to have “burner” phones for the average person who is concerned about their privacy — an iOS app called Sudo (

    I have been using for a while now, as recommended by “The Complete Privacy and Security Podcast”. You can set up different avatars, each with its own phone number and email address. You choose the geographic location of the numbers you choose. You can set up different numbers for different uses. I highly recommend and think it might be a good topic for a future blog post.

    Keep up the good work!

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