Recently, read an article about phone number being used to hack into one's account. NYTIMES-Phone hacking

What needs to be done to prevent my phone number being searched? (Return invalid hyperlinks instead of providing all info).

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    You want to cleanse the Internet of all data relating to your phone number and manipulate when gets returned? That's simply not possible. – schroeder Aug 16 at 11:28
  • @schroeder he might be asking about ways to improve his digital footprint. – Vipul Nair Aug 16 at 11:42
  • @VipulNair then that needs to be clarified. Although I'm not sure what control someone has over phone numbers databases. – schroeder Aug 16 at 11:47
  • @schroeder Did you read the article?It was quite a bit of OSINT.Do you know how the researcher did it?I am curious – Vipul Nair Aug 16 at 11:49
  • @VipulNair I did read the article. The OSINT tagged public databases. Not social media, not services that the person might have used, but independently created and maintained databases. That's not something that falls under "digital footprint". – schroeder Aug 16 at 11:52