It’s bad enough when you answer a call with a blocked Caller ID and a human is on the other end. Answering a call to find a recording on the line, however, adds insult to injury.

How can it be worse? What about when the recording is late at night, or bugging you about something that has nothing to do with you?

Araceli King of Irving, Texas received 153 robocalls from Time Warner Cable – calls that continued even after she told the company they had the wrong number. This week, a judge awarded King $229,500 in damages from the company, tripling the penalty of $1,500 per call. The judge said he decided to send a message since the company made many of the calls even after the lawsuit was filed. According to Sergei Lemberg, the lawyer in the suit against the company said, "Millions of U.S. consumers get robocalls. Only a few of them take it a step forward and get a lawyer."

It is satisfying to see some justice served in a situation that feels like a nightmare version of an all-too common occurrence. The fact is though, this ruling alone isn’t going to reduce everyday robocall abuse. And lawsuits aren’t exactly an easy or affordable way to get things done.

There is another way for consumers to handle harassing calls: by using the same technological advances that enable robocalls, but against the abusers. Software can easily record phone calls to create a record of abusive messages, identify source information from blocked calls, and more. One of the biggest barriers to fighting back against these types of calls is the additional time it takes. After all, dealing with a robocall has already wasted precious moments. Installing privacy protection apps on a phone may take a few minutes, but, like owning insurance, the chance that these apps could save the next Araceli King from 153 robocalls makes those few minutes worth it.

King’s $229,500 victory is one way to try to reduce phone harassment. But if enough people utilize call protection software, a larger victory could be possible - Robocall abusers will increasingly be held accountable, and the appeal of the annoying tactic will start to fade.