How To Remove Your Name From Online Searches – NBC 7 San Diego

If you’ve never typed your name in an online search, give it a try. You might be surprised to find out how much personal information appears.

It is legal for businesses to collect your information from public records, although this is often frightening and potentially dangerous. So how can you remove it? Consumer Reports has some tips on how to take back control of your identity.

Sites like BeenVerified, FastPeopleSearch, and PeopleFinders are part of the vast industry of data brokers that collects information about people and businesses and then sells it for advertising and other purposes.

Some companies don’t tell you they are putting your information up. It can be risky, giving employers, online stalkers and identity thieves access to your personal information without you knowing it, things like your current and old addresses, phone number and address. email address, names of loved ones and even arrest records.

So how do you take back control of your information? First of all, you can start by checking out some well-known data broker sites for your personal information.

Some sites may require a copy of your license or other identifier to delete your data. But before you send it, cross out any excess information, like your license number and social security number.

If you’d rather let someone else do the work, CR says sites like DeleteMe, Kanary, and OneRep charge around $ 100 a year to remove your information from a number of sites.

If you choose to do the work yourself, CR suggests making a list of sites you have unsubscribed from. This is because you will need to check back periodically to make sure your information has not reappeared.

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