We will be asking our users to generate an account verification code that will be texted to them in order for them to sign in (as an alternative to emailing a password reset link). How many digits of the (mainly UK) telephone number can you show (so users can tell it's the right one), without compromising security? I have seen this on other sites:


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    Prefix + 4 last numbers should be enough for anyone to recognize if his phone number is right. Commented Feb 20, 2018 at 10:22

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A general principle to follow is to provide enough information for a user to identify the known phone number, while restrict others from any unintended use of it.

Most commonly, last two digits will be enough to recognize a phone number.

Let's have a look how a verification may be implemented.

Google provides just two last digits:

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Yahoo shows two last digits, and the first one:

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It is notable that Yahoo page itself named

"Phone obfuscation challenge"

that clearly reflects its purpose of hiding the phone number from an unwanted use.

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