Saturday, November 13, 2010
Protect Your Personal Information Online
Halloween is over, but if you want to feel scared, just do this:
Go to http://www.spokeo.com/
Search for yourself (by personal email address OR name OR phone)
They will list your name, age, home address and a map to your house, if you own a house. They will list any blogs you have written and any social networks that you are a part of… including your Amazon wish list.
If you are uncomfortable with having that information available online, they will take it down, but you have to submit the request three times:
Go to: http://www.spokeo.com/privacy - you’ll want to keep this page open, because you are submitting all three requests via this form.
Then, open a separate browser and go back into http://www.spokeo.com/
1. Search for yourself by email. Copy that URL into the privacy page and follow the instructions, including checking your email to confirm the request
2. Search for yourself by name. You can scroll down to your state and if you own a house, they will list your address. Copy that URL into the privacy page and follow the instructions.
3. Search for yourself by phone. Cell phones are still relatively anonymous, but if you have a home phone, see how much information about people can pull up. If you want that info taken down, then Copy that URL into the privacy page and follow the instructions.
The fact that this level of information about us is just out there on the internet is S-P-O-O-K-Y….