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How exposed is your private information on the Internet?

The Internet can be a dangerous place and information about yourself may be exposed, all the way down to an image of your front door found from a simple search of your name on Google.  Additional information commonly found are relatives, income, aliases, screennames, social networking profiles, and more.  Our previous article How far a determined person can get with just your email address and IP, shows how your basic actions on the Internet may easily locate a plethora of information about you.  Many websites and companies make a living off selling your private information to advertisers, collecting your demographics and various shopping habits to target ads toward you to get you to spend more.  Much of this information is gathered, scraped and spread through various online people search databases and sold in the form of a background check.  This information could be dangerous if put in the wrong hands and made easier for a thief to steal one’s identity or a stalker to find the location of a person’s home and more.

spokeo How exposed is your private information on the Internet?

A simple search on spokeo pulls up John Doe’s home, relatives, address, and other personal information.

How to opt out of 31 top people search databases

Intelius - https://www.intelius.com/optout.php

Intelius is an outlier in that they require you to scan valid government identification to prove your identity. While it may seem paradoxical that you’d need to send in more personal information to have your data removed, Intelius is reputable about this. They won’t publish your driver’s license and they will remove your listing- I’ve done it many times successfully. Don’t forget to cross out your photo and driver’s license number.

Spokeo - http://www.spokeo.com/privacy

All you have to do is copy your Spokeo URL and they’ll send you an email to confirm the deletion. Note: Spokeo is only an aggregator, so deleting your Spokeo listing won’t delete your information from the sites Spokeo is pulling from.

Instacheckmatehttp://www.instantcheckmate.com/optout

Simply fill out the form and you’re good to go!

Archives - http://www.archives.com/?_act=Optout

Simply fill out the form and you’re good to go!

Poedithttp://www.poedit.org/auth/removal_request.html

Simply fill out the form and you’re good to go!

Peoplesmart - http://www.peoplesmart.com/optout

Simply fill out the form and you’re good to go!

Zabasearch - http://www.zabasearch.com/block_records/

Another site from the same people who run Intelius that requires you to fax a copy of your driver’s license to 425-974-6194. Again, remember to cross out your photo and your license number.

Peoplefinders - http://www.peoplefinders.com/optout-form.pdf

You must fill out this form, print it, and physically mail it in. It’s a pain in the butt (and designed to be annoying), but it works.

Pipl – Pipl is different since it’s a ‘meta’ site aggregator. From the fine folks at unlistmy.info:

Unfortunately, since Pipl.com aggregates information from all sorts of places on the web, there are no clear opt-out instructions. They claim that, since the information they gather is public, they reserve the right to display it in their listings without giving users the option of opting out.

This attitude towards privacy just doesn’t seem right. We suggest sending them an email asking to be removed from their search results: [email protected] Let us know if you have any luck!

BeenVerified

Email [email protected] with the following information:

  1. First & last name with middle initial
  2. Aliases & AKAs
  3. Current address
  4. Age & DOB

Or try out this optout form http://www.beenverified.com/optout.  Then you have to confirm via email, and you’re good to go. Check out this reddit thread for more info.

MyLife – from their privacy policy:

“To request that a Member Profile or Public Profile be deleted, please contact Customer Care at 1-888-704-1900 or contact us by email at [email protected]. Upon receipt of these requests, and confirmation that you are requesting that your own profile be removed, please allow MyLife 10 business days to complete this removal. It may be necessary to contact you to validate that you are the profile owner requesting the removal. This is to ensure the correct identity and profile ownership before completing these requests, and is for the protection of our users and their privacy.”

Yasni

Similar to Pipl, Yasni is simply a meta aggregator. You must find your other public record listings to get deleted from Yasni.

Zoominfo - http://www.zoominfo.com/lookupEmail

Zoominfo’s records are organized by email address, so enter your email address in the form and it will pull up any related records. Remember to search ALL of your old email addresses just to be sure.  There is also an option to contact zoominfo to have your information removed: http://www.zoominfo.com/business/about/contact-us.html

Spoke - http://center.spoke.com/resources/privacy.jsp

Another secondary aggregator, but Spoke lets you submit data you’d like suppressed through their contact form. They also recommend you directly contact public records sources and get your information protected at the source.

LexisNexis - http://www.lexisnexis.com/privacy/for-consumers/opt-out-of-lexisnexis.aspx

LexisNexis allows you to opt out only if you’re a public facing official, an identity theft victim, or facing serious threat of harm or injury. They require proper legal documentation of any of those criteria in order to remove your information. If you meet the criteria, submit your removal request here.

Whitepages -http://www.whitepagescustomers.com/get-help-with-a-personal-listing/

Search for  your individual listings, claim them as yourself, and then submit them for removal. The good news is that Whitepages is incredibly quick at removing info – sometimes in under an hour.

USsearch - http://www.ussearch.com/consumer/ala/landing.do?did=590

Fill out the form and they’ll remove your listing. Of course, they want you to confirm with a photo of your ID. Same rules apply with Intelius/Zabasearch- cross out your photo and ID number.

Radaris - http://radaris.com/page/how-to-remove

Simply follow the steps on the removal page above. It can take a while, but they’ve laid everything out you need to remove listings for you or your family.

PrivateEye - http://secure.privateeye.com/help/default.aspx#26

Fill out and mail in this form identical to the Peoplefinders form (the companies are affiliated)

DOBSearch

Another site that needs a scanned ID for proof of identity. Fax proof of ID to 516-717-3017 and allow 4-6 weeks for removal.

Acxiomhttp://www.acxiom.com/about_us/privacy/consumer_information/consumer_choices/pages/consumerchoices.aspx

Opt out of various advertising lists

PeekYouhttp://www.peekyou.com/about/contact/optout/

Another secondary aggregator, but PeekYou lets you submit data you’d like suppressed through their contact form. They also recommend you directly contact public records sources and get your information protected at the source.

PeopleLookup - In order for PeopleLookup peoplelookup.com to suppress or opt out your personal information from appearing on our Website, we need to verify your identity. To do this, we require faxed proof of identity. Proof of identity can be a state issued ID card or driver’s license. If you are faxing a copy of your driver’s license, we require that you cross out the photo and the driver’s license number. We only need to see the name, address and date of birth. We will only use this information to process your opt out request. Please fax to 425-974-6194 and allow 4 to 6 weeks to process your request.

USA-People-Searchhttp://www.usa-people-search.com/Privacy.aspx

Plus Address: http://plusaddress.com
Go to Contact and delete profile

Lookup Anyone: http://www.lookupanyone.com/emailcontact.php
Fax proof of identity. Proof of identity can be a state issued ID card or driver’s license  425-974-6194

Names Database: http://namesdatabase.com/support.pl?q=removing
To remove your information from The Names Database, send an email to [email protected] with YOUR Unique Access Link as the subject.  If you don’t know your unique access link, try your various email addresses at this link; if it goes through, it will send you a unique access link: https://namesdatabase.com/a.pl

Social Networking
Many people databases collect personal information about you through Social Networking websites.  Changing your settings will help block these search engines from accessing your personal information.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/settings?tab=privacy
Go to Settings > Privacy > and under Who can look me up,  Do you want other search engines to link to your timeline?, select Off.  If you have family listed, remove them also, under https://www.facebook.com/profilename/about

Linked In: http://help.linkedin.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/83

Pinterest: https://pinterest.com/settings/
Go to Settings > Search Privacy > Set “Keep search engines (ex: Google) from showing your Pinterest profile in search results” to off

Google Plus: https://www.google.com/settings/privacy
Google Plus Privacy Settings:
Go to Google Dashboard: https://www.google.com/dashboard/b/0/
> Account > Websites autorized to access the account, and see if any are unauthorized
> Profile > Manage sharing of contact info > uncheck In your circles/Have you in circles

Myspace:
If you used to use myspace, no longer do, and never deleted your account, chances are people databases are still crawing your profile page for data.  Delete your information or cancel your account  (go to https://www.myspace.com/my/settings/account/name)!  If you no longer have access to your account, fill out this declaration form to get control of your data: http://myspace.desk.com/customer/widget/emails/new?t=150416

Related: How far a determined person can get with just your email address and IP

Sources:
http://blog.sgrouples.com/delete-your-private-information-people-search-databases/
http://radaris.com/page/how-to-remove

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5 comments

  1. This is really scary. Thank you for the info

  2. Removing your info from the internet is like removing your info from the whitepages, except so much more annoying!

  3. Useful information, Thanks for sharing.

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