Why You Should Care About Your Online Reputation and How to Protect It

The internet is a massive marketplace of products, services, and ideas. Unfortunately, the sheer mass of all three on the internet means that inevitably, some of them are going to be regrettable. The problem for consumers is distinguishing between the products, services, and ideas that are useful and trustworthy, and those that aren’t. The problem for businesses is assuring those customers that their product or service is trustworthy, dependable, and high-quality when there are so many out there that aren’t.

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A surprisingly high percentage of businesses respond to that problem with misconceptions. Those include disregarding the issue as meaningless, as random opinions on the internet are to be taken with a grain of salt; deciding that the internet is so vast, there’s nothing to be done about it; and the belief that responding is useless because who can tell a quality organization’s legitimate responses from a disreputable one’s dishonest excuses? The fact is, online reputation management (ORM) is an be effective marketing tool and refutation of all of those misconceptions.

Why ORM Is Important

Just as personal reputation managers will advise their clients that it’s better to remove personal information from Google than allow for damaging or sensitive information to remain available, a negative comment is not worth three positive ones or nothing at all. It’s true that people are skeptical of claims made on the internet. However, they are a lot more skeptical of claims made by companies touting the quality of their product or service than they are of a customer or client’s negative review.

Even on the internet, word-of-mouth is still one of the most effective tools for swaying customers for or against a business’ services. Due to the massive human traffic online, a great product can be smeared in a pettier, more vindictive, more pointless, and more widely-broadcast fashion than any other medium has ever made possible. It requires next to no effort for someone to give a bad review or make a harmful (and often untrue) claim because they’re a competitor, had a bad experience that was no fault of the business due to a misunderstanding, or simply because they’re bored.

What Can Be Done About It?

First off, some basic security should be considered. Engage an online privacy specialist who can teach executives and employees how to remove personal information from Google and how to avoid the sort of online behavior that can trigger negative responses. Protecting sales, credibility, your brand’s image, and maintaining a productive recruitment policy are all excellent reasons for avoiding negative public reactions as often as possible. As such a good defense should be paired with a robust offense as well.

And that offensive strategy is chiefly a matter of scouring the internet for negative claims about your business and responding to them. How that response is handled is obviously contextual. However, in most situations responding to a misconception is better than deleting negative comments or having them removed. Even when comments seem downright libelous, actively malicious, and /or a threat to profits and reputation, those can be the result of honest misunderstandings. Whenever possible, attempt to respond to comments with the truth, providing the facts and figures to support it when available. When appropriate, consider responding to the comment with an explanation and offer of refund or recompense in some way. A little communication can go a long way.

About DeleteMe

DeleteMe is a Boston-based online service striving to improve the safety and user experience of everyone who uses the internet. They are committed to doing so by returning control of users’ data to the user. Employing the considerable expertise of their team of privacy, identity theft, and consumer protection experts allows them to offer a full suite of user-friendly privacy solutions. Whether you’re concerned about payment security, password protection, removal from Whitepages, or anything else that contributes to your personal data staying private, DeleteMe is the ultimate online security solution.

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Why Do I Need a Disposable Email Address?

The internet is an often a frustrating double-edged sword. The more convenience and opportunity that becomes available, the greater the risk of your personal information being exposed and exploited. For every branded coupon, loyalty card, product, newsletter, or website registration that requires your email address, there’s a new addition to the aggregating digital footprint your email address leaves online.

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The wider that footprint gets, the easier it gets for parties you don’t want anything to do with following your tracks. The good news is that the choice doesn’t have to be between “avoid anything that requires you providing your email address,” or, “accept all risk associated with malicious, criminal, or simply annoying misuse of your email address.” There’s a third option: a disposable email address. So, is it worth it to use an anonymous, disposable email address?

Avoiding Spam

Any online security expert who knows their business will tell you that the more effectively you remove personal information from Google, or from the internet in general, the safer you become. That sort of security is most important for guarding against the more catastrophic compromising of your personal information; chiefly, criminal and malicious intrusions. However, the more common consequence of email appropriation, spam, is perhaps just as good a reason. Get a disposable email address, use it for the product, service, or purchase you had in mind, and let it be the sacrificial inbox.

Protecting Your Identity for Commerce

This covers a variety of different types of commerce for a variety of reasons. Online forums like Craigslist offer anyone with an internet connection the opportunity to buy or sell pretty much anything. Their popularity and the millions of people using them speak to their convenience. The downside is that it’s incredibly hard to regulate and involves the sharing of personal information on a massive scale. It’s become notorious for scamming and spamming. Even the e-commerce sites with the most rigorous security protecting your information have been known to auction personal information off to (or from) data brokers. And that means more spam.

Beating Reverse Email Searches

Even when an email address doesn’t feature something as obvious as its owner’s name or another identifier, there are other ways that personal information can be gleaned from the address. Those same security experts who explain how to remove personal information from Google and elsewhere will additionally inform you that there are data aggregation sites that collect personal information. For a fee, those sites will provide that information, including to anyone who pays for a reverse search based on your email address.

Fortunately, one can create a disposable or masked email address with the help of a secure, competent privacy protector, such as Blur by Abine. Using Blur one can create a disposable email address (Blur Masked Email address) to help mitigate or negate aforementioned risks.

Personal Information Sale Sleuthing

This is a fascinating and revealing use for disposable email addresses. If you’ve been receiving spam but don’t know what organization is responsible for spamming you, give this disposable email address investigatory technique a shot. Develop a list of the companies you’ve given your information to, or those who you provided information to recently before you began receiving the spam. Create a unique disposable email address for each of those companies, and use it for interaction with each individually. And voila, the inbox that fills with spam has just identified the perpetrator.

About DeleteMe

DeleteMe is a Boston-based online service striving to improve the safety and user experience of everyone who uses the internet. They are committed to doing so by returning control of users’ data to the user. Employing the considerable expertise of their team of privacy, identity theft, and consumer protection experts allows them to offer a full suite of user-friendly privacy solutions. Whether you’re concerned about payment security, password protection, removal from Whitepages, or anything else that contributes to your personal data staying private, DeleteMe is the ultimate online security solution.

Ensure your privacy online, at Joindeleteme.com

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The Sneaky Ways Data Brokers Gather Information About You

It’s no surprise that purchases are tracked, which can legitimately provide relevant product or service suggestions based on your past purchases. But it’s not just helping the company you bought a product or service from online. Many websites, including retail outlets and others, will also sell your info to other advertisers, retailers, and data collection or retention entities. That can seem harmless enough—except that most people would probably prefer their history with websites not be shared when those sites involve an illness they suffer from, an addiction, adult purchases, personal debts, or anything else with a stigma attached to it.

Even brick-and-mortar businesses participate in this information marketplace. They will often ask for your email address when you complete a purchase. This is exactly the kind of information that data brokers will pay for.

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Third-Party Tracking

As uncomfortable as the thought of a website sharing your preferences, quirks, and browsing history is, those sites often invite friends. A site, particularly big ones that get a lot of traffic, often allow a dozen or more third parties to observe your web browsing. So there’s a good chance that every time you’re on the internet, you have picked up a whole crowd of third parties tracking your movement to record interests, habits, demographic information, and anything else they can learn. These third parties then sell your personal data and information to other data brokers.

Apps

Another sneaky back door through which data brokers can collect your information is app downloads. For instance, two apps with well over a billion downloads combined, Angry Birds and “Brightest Flashlight Free,” are indeed free. That is, unless you count the permission downloading those apps gives to the companies offering them to track everything you do online and sell it to other companies.

And that’s just the legal sneaking. The company responsible for an app called “Path Social” was fined $800,000 by the Federal Trade Commission after they were caught hacking their users’ digital address books and stealing their contacts’ information. It’s good they were caught, but apps are still a very poorly regulated corner of the electronic universe.

The DMV

Believe it or not, even state governments get in on data brokering. Over the last several years, stories have broken from states all over the country outed for selling hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of data. Because so much about the legality and ethics of data brokering hasn’t been established, in a number of these states public officials are trying to figure out whether or not selling that information is even legal.

How You Can Protect Yourself

Thankfully, the average consumer is not without options, and there are resources on how to remove personal information from Google. You can close accounts you’re not using, look up the big data brokering firms and request an “opt-out” from their databases, or you can find a reputable and competent company to expedite your private information being removed from those collecting it. These professionals can help keep your personal information private and take the stress of tracking down and removing your personal information off your shoulders.

About DeleteMe

Based out of Boston, DeleteMe is working to make the internet a better, safer place by putting users back in control of their data. Led by consumer protection, privacy, and identity theft experts, they are passionate about offering user-friendly privacy solutions. From password and payment security to removal from Whitepages, DeleteMe is here to help keep your personal information private.

Protect your privacy at Joindeleteme.com

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The Extremely Personal Information Data Brokers May Know About You

Even without the recent revelations about Facebook sharing user data, it would be hard for anyone who has spent time online to be unaware that information about us is being shared with entities that are using that info to make money. Just one creepily-specific targeted ad is generally enough to clue us in.

What probably would come as a surprise is how incredibly personal the information about you being bought and sold is. If you don’t like the idea of your (most) private details being tracked, stored, quantified, and leveraged like some impersonal commodity with every use of a search engine, you’re not alone. And fortunately, finding out how to remove personal information from Google can be easier than you’d think.

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How Data Brokers Get Your Information

Data brokering is a multi-billion-dollar industry—and the people involved want the public to know as little about as possible. They glean information in countless ways, employing algorithms that track, collect, collate, and analyze anything they can about potential customers of virtually every industry imaginable.

Some of the information is pretty basic and (to some) fairly innocuous, like your name, age, and the state you live in—much of which can just be picked up from public records. Then there’s the far more personal information. There’s nowhere near enough room here to list all of the ways in which your details are collected, but there are a few common ones we’ll address.

Much of your personal information is gathered from your purchases and your web history. Online retailers keep track of what you buy for a number of reasons, one of which is often selling that purchase history to other advertisers. Then there are third-party sites that pay for the privilege of observing your web-browsing. So every time you’re on the internet, it’s pretty much guaranteed that you’re being followed by a horde of tracking entities, following wherever you go and whatever you search.

How They Use It

Once a data broker has access to your purchase history, search history, name, age, IP address, and location (often your home address), it’s not hard to build a profile. There are data brokering firms that specialize in digging up people’s details based on their online activity.

A data broker hired by a pharmaceutical company, for instance, can draw on the information they gather, buy (or both) to establish lists of people who suffer from basically any illness or ailment imaginable. Even without actual access to medical records, if someone frequents a website on which diabetes treatment equipment is sold, or has visited websites about living with diabetes, etc., it’s not hard for these data brokers’ algorithms to target that person as a diabetic. Keep in mind this targeting will occur whether the individual is actually diabetic or not, and data brokers can pinpoint their location to an address.

The same goes for people with mental illnesses; STDs; or addiction to drugs, alcohol, or gambling. Data brokers can also uncover users’ sexuality and any purchases of adult products they’ve made, in addition to whether or not they’re in debt and how desperate they seem to get out of it. There are interested parties willing to pay good money to obtain lists like that, and data brokers are happy to sell them.

What You Can Do

As harrowing as the reality of that sort of invasion of privacy is, it’s not impossible to remove personal information from Google. While going off the grid and never using the internet is most likely not feasible, your online footprint can at least be mitigated.

Quit accounts that you’re no longer using. And remember that search engines are just the messenger, most of the time, not necessarily the offender. Although it’s generally time-consuming, you have every right to contact data brokering firms and request that your info is removed.

One of the most effective ways to remove your personal information from Google or data brokers is to work with a professional company that can help manage and remove your personal information so it stays private. Find an outfit like DeleteMe and have your private information scrubbed from public trading.

About DeleteMe

Based out of Boston, DeleteMe is working to make the internet a better, safer place by putting users back in control of their data. Led by consumer protection, privacy, and identity theft experts, they are passionate about offering user-friendly privacy solutions. From password and payment security to removal from Whitepages, DeleteMe is here to help keep your personal information private.

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What Exactly Do Data Brokers Know About You?

Data brokers collect and store personal information on nearly every U.S. consumer. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) estimates that a single data broker company has information on 1.4 billion consumer transactions, totaling over 700 billion data points and 3,000 data segments for nearly every American consumer.

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But what information are data brokers collecting?

You’ve likely heard of companies collecting personal information such as name, address, age, and e-mail. You may also have heard about data brokers collecting information on voting registration, purchasing history, criminal records, or vehicle registration.

However, data brokers can go much further than this.

They also collect information on “life-event triggers,” including marriage, divorce, births, deaths, and even buying a home. They also collect salary information, paystub data, and charitable donations. This information is then sold to companies and marketing agencies to help them target their advertising more effectively.

For example, a home warranty company could purchase a list of new homeowners to target their home warranty sales or advertisements. Companies pay a lot of money for this information, and there’s a pretty good reason why: By one estimate, a data brokerage division of a company adds more than 290,000 records on new homeowners each month.

These companies don’t just collect information, they use it to make inferences about you and place you into consumer groups. The FTC explains these topics can include assumptions such as “dog owners” or “romance novel readers,” or more sensitive categories such as “interested in diabetes” or “low educational attainment and low net worth.”

The FTC explains that these categories can put consumers at risk without the consumer knowing about it. The report reveals, “While data brokers have a data category for ‘Diabetes Interest’ that a manufacturer of sugar-free products could use to offer product discounts, an insurance company could use that same category to classify a consumer as higher risk.”

Experts, including the FTC, explain that while there are steps consumers can take to remove personal information from Google, there is very little individuals can do to stop data broker companies from collecting data and selling it for marketing purposes.

According to the FTC: “Broker practices have grown dramatically in breadth and depth, as data brokers have the ability to collect information from more sources, including consumers’ online activities; analyze it through new and emerging algorithms and business models; and store the information indefinitely due to dwindling storage costs. Despite the Commission’s recommendations, lack of transparency and choice remain significant issues in this industry.”

This lack of transparency leaves consumers largely in the dark about what information is being collected and how it is being used.

That’s where companies like DeleteMe come in. DeleteMe works to remove your personal information from data broker websites, which then reduces your online profile in Google and other search engines. Additionally, if you’re seeking removal from Whitepages and other sites that store your address or phone number, DeleteMe works swiftly to erase your personal information.

About DeleteMe

DeleteMe empowers people to control how their personal information is accessed and shared online. The subscription service removes details like names, addresses, and phone numbers from websites such as PeopleFinders, Spokeo, and DexKnows, in order to help clients remove personal information from Google and aid in removal from Whitepages.

For more information, visit Joindeleteme.com

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How to Delete Your Personal Information from the Internet—for Free

We’ve all heard the horror stories of what can happen when the wrong people get their hands on your personal information: false credit card charges, fraudulent bank withdrawals, and stolen identities.

If you’re concerned about your personal information, it’s not enough to simply block pop-up ads or delete browser cookies. You may want to consider ways to remove personal information from Google altogether.

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There are many professional services available to help manage your online presence. However, if you’re cost-conscious, there are also several free options you can try to eliminate your online information.

Option 1: Delete Online Accounts

The websites that make our lives easier¾think Netflix, Spotify, Amazon, Facebook, etc.¾also store a lot of our personal information, including full name, email, date of birth, address, etc.

Deleting these accounts, especially the ones you don’t use anymore, is an easy step toward removing your online profile. Netflix, Spotify, Amazon, and Facebook each have different instructions for deleting your account, so be prepared to spend some time going through each site.

Option 2: Delete at the Source

While Google might be displaying your personal information, a different site most likely owns the file. If you have posted content on blog sites or created an account to comment on a news story, that original website holds the information.

It might be arduous, but your best bet is to go back to that original site and delete your account or content at the source.

Option 3: Contact the Offenders

It is very likely that you will need to contact data brokers¾the companies that find, aggregate, and sell your personal information. While it sounds daunting, there are some free but time-consuming steps you can take to facilitate your information’s removal from Whitepages and other data broker sites.

It’s important to note that each data broker company sets up a different opt-out process.

One way to opt-out? Contact them by phone or e-mail. This method might take seven to ten business days to delete your information, but it is relatively easy to do.

Another method: Determine if the company has an opt-out form. This still might take two to three business days, but it is also relatively easy.

A third option: Create an account. This might sound counter-intuitive if you’re trying to eliminate your online presence, but by creating an account and verifying your information you can then file a claim within a data broker’s system, requesting your information be removed. This method creates an official claim with the data broker and can lead to your information being removed almost immediately.

A final option: Turn to the professionals. It’s not free, but DeleteMe is in the business of protecting and removing your personal information. They know the companies to target and can take the stress and time of of managing online privacy off of your shoulders.

About DeleteMe

DeleteMe empowers people to control how their personal information is accessed and shared online. The subscription service removes details like names, addresses, and phone numbers from websites such as PeopleFinders, Spokeo, and DexKnows, in order to help clients remove personal information from Google.

For more information, visit Joindeleteme.com

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The Billion Dollar Industry You Know Next to Nothing About

There is an entire industry out there committed to gathering and selling your personal information. They operate with almost no regulation, and many individuals aren’t even aware of their existence or how their information is being used.

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Data brokers, as they’re known, use your ambivalence to their advantage. They gather the information you provide via the internet and daily life, regularly. They collect your personal information from a variety of nonpublic and public sources: forms you fill out while shopping online, your social media, the interactions you have with public institutions (weddings, deaths, registration of your vehicles, etc.) all end up producing information about you. Fortunately, there is a way to remove personal information from Google.

According to the The New York Times, one data broker’s servers “process more than 50 trillion data ‘transactions’ a year. Company executives have said its database contains information about 500 million active consumers worldwide, with about 1,500 data points per person. That includes a majority of adults in the United States.” These mass amounts of information include the basics, such as your name, age, religion, address, ethnicity, occupation, and your level of education. In addition, they collect more detailed information that concern your preferences, medical histories, and major life events and credit-driven data. They know if you’ve purchased a home, gotten married, been divorced, or are putting your kid through university. After they gather this information, or buy it, then, they sell it to whoever has the funds and inclination to purchase it.

The good news is, regulations are starting to take effect that will aid in protecting you and your data, however, it is a slow process. The best way to remove personal information from Google and other sites that store your data is to hire a professional. They will scour the web for you and remove information as it repopulates, taking the hassle out of your hands and protecting you at the same time.

About DeleteMe

Based out of Boston, Abine is a privacy company on a mission to make the internet a better, safer environment while putting people back in control of their data. Led by consumer protection, privacy, and identity theft experts, they are passionate about making easy-to-use privacy solutions for everyday people. From removal from Whitepages to password and payment security they are here to help you navigate the convoluted thoroughfare that is the world wide web.

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Vermont Passes Legislation Protecting Consumers from Data Brokers

At the end of May, Vermont became the first state in the U.S. to create and pass legislation that regulates data brokers and the information they fence. The law seeks to provide consumers with an extra level of protection while initiating accountability for a nearly unregulated industry. Designed to target massive data brokers like Spokeo, White Pages, and Been Verified, who have previously functioned under an umbrella of little to no oversight.

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While there are ways to institute your removal from Whitepages and the information they store it is by no means a simple step. This legislation will force data brokers to:

  • register with the state
  • comply with new rules
  • inform consumers on the data they collect
  • provide clear instructions for opting out
  • immediately notify authorities when a breach occurs (including the number of consumers affected)
  • be held accountable for fraud by the state itself

The law defines a data broker “as a business, unit, or units of a business, separately or together, that knowingly collects or sells or licenses to third parties the brokered personal information of consumer with whom the business does not have a direct relationship.”

This very broad definition will result in companies that previously considered themselves in a different business to also be held accountable for what they do. Vermont has also taken the initiative to define personal information as including a person’s address, name, date of birth, social security number, and any unique biometric data (i.e., fingerprints, retinal scans, facial images, etc.).

In addition, Vermont’s law will put an end to the fee associated with freezing and unfreezing your credit. Vermont has a tradition of siding with the consumer, from enacting protections that keep them safe to enhancing regulations it’s not surprising that they are the first state to enact protections in the digital realm.

About DeleteMe

DeleteMe empowers average people to control how their personal information is accessed and shared online. By removing details like names, addresses and phone numbers from websites like PeopleFinders, Spokeo and DexKnows, this subscription service helps clients remove personal information from Google.

For more information, visit Joindeleteme.com

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How Does the GDPR Affect My Personal Security?

Aside from filling your inbox with emails from subscriptions asking you to confirm your desire to continue receiving emails from them, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a long-term solution to a serious problem. It’s been developed over the past seven years and timely addresses data protection in a time of hackers, data brokers, and social media information leaks. 

The GDPR replaces the 1995 Data Protection Directive and its standards for processing data, from technology to E-Commerce. It is meant to give more power over your personal data back to you and keep it from getting into the wrong hands. The GDPR was implemented on May 25th, 2018, in every European Union member state, applying to any data controller holding the personal information of online members. This includes any data controller who interacts with European users, therefore affecting data policy on a global scale.

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A data controller holds personal data and determines how it is processed and where it goes next. Companies like Facebook, Google, and Twitter are some of the biggest data controllers, and often are the target of hacks for their users’ private information. This also includes technology firms, marketers, and other internet-based entities. They make it difficult to remove personal information from Google, track where your data goes, and sometimes sell it to data brokers. The GDPR enforces data controllers to have more responsibilities when it comes to this information and publicly provide how they use it and process it.

This is why you might have been getting an enormous increase in your email box in May and June. Entities and companies are updating their privacy policies and trying to ensure that members, communities, and subscribers understand what is happening to the data they track from them and be more transparent about their methods.

Keeping these companies accountable gives the power of personal information back to the user. However, there is still no formal procedure to claim rights to request information from companies that have been holding on to personal information, like Whitepages and Google. Finding where your information is located and being used by data brokers and tech companies is extremely difficult, especially with years of internet usage. Going through removal from Whitepages alone can be a time-consuming process, despite the new parameters for transparency and accountability. What about all of the other sites that you never approved to have access to your personal data?

Available for American citizens, DeleteMe provides services like Blur and DeleteMe to remain anonymous and protect your personal information from data brokers and data controllers. While the GDPR is constructed to improve privacy, it doesn’t provide a clear solution to protect your existing data online and retrieve it from undesirable entities.

DeleteMe allows individuals to remove personal information from Google by requesting removal from Whitepages, Spokeo, Intelius, Been Verified, and more. European citizens can utilize Blur to remain anonymous online and not give out personal information for subscription services, data controllers, and other sources. Protect your privacy and own your data by proactively using tools to remove information from Google and stay anonymous when you need to be.

About DeleteMe

DeleteMe empowers average people to control how their personal information is accessed and shared online. By removing details like names, addresses and phone numbers from websites like PeopleFinders, Spokeo and DexKnows, this subscription service helps clients remove personal information from Google.

For more information, visit Joindeleteme.com

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5 Easy Ways to Protect Your Privacy Online

In light of the recent Facebook privacy crisis, protecting your personal information online is more difficult than previously thought. Worried about what information anyone can see about you from a simple Google or Facebook search? Here are five ways to protect your privacy online without having to go completely off the grid.

Mindfully Protect Your Personal Information

Think of the difference between purchasing something in a brick-and-mortar store versus buying an item online. If the cashier asks for your phone number or email, you’re definitely not as likely to give it to them. However, if it’s part of a computer form, you likely will hand it over because it’s “a step in the process.”

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If personal information is not required for a purchase or other service, don’t freely provide it. Personal data like your purchases, birthday date, email, reviews, credit scores, job applications, home addresses, and other information are constantly collected by data brokers. Protect your privacy by mindfully keeping personal information to yourself. Setting up a disposable email or phone number can decrease the likelihood of someone stealing your identity or sensitive information.

Double-Check Your Privacy Settings

Facebook is one of the worst offenders when it comes to privacy settings. Never give them your personal email, phone number, or email address. This makes it easier for them to track your activity online and offline. It can often be more difficult to clean up your Facebook profile than seeking removal from Whitepages.

Update your privacy settings on social media to increase security and decrease the public access to your information, opinions, or the private information of family and friends. Make your profile viewable to friends only. Turn on tag review and profile post review. If you let your Friends of Friends see your posts and other information, that allows up to 150,000 people to freely access your profile.

Lastly, don’t overshare, and be vigilant about only friending people who you know to be real and have relationships with outside of social media.

Set Up a Disposable Email

Creating a disposable email makes it easier to ensure you know what information is tracked back to you online. Use a desktop extension, like Blur by Abine, to consistently use a masked email to protect your information when completing purchases or signing up for things.

Any emails sent to the masked email will be forwarded to your personal email without any tracking from the sender. This is a simple way to increase your privacy online and make it harder for data brokers or other people to find personal information.

Delete Old Accounts

When was the last time you logged onto your old Myspace account? Take some time to go through old social media or other accounts and delete them if you no longer use them. They might be a source of information for data brokers and other searchers to gain information about you without your consent.

A quick Google search will often turn up Spotify accounts, websites, social media, and academic records. If there’s something out there that isn’t true or you don’t want other people to see, be vigilant about taking steps to remove personal information from Google.

Speak Up

If you’re frustrated about how difficult it is to maintain your privacy online, you are not alone. It’s important to speak up about online privacy to keep that right protected. Organizations like the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union actively support online privacy measures and always need financial and social supporters. Sign a petition, talk to your friends, and be intentional about keeping your information private.

Your personal information should remain just that – personal. Follow these steps to keep your digital footprint to a minimum and protect your data. DeleteMe by Abine protects your personal information for you by removing it from the source, like Whitepages and Google. They diligently remove your personal information from public sources every four months, with DeleteMe experts available to individually address your concerns and needs related to your privacy.

The consequences of doing nothing can be detrimental, from losing a job offer to having your identity stolen. Take back your information and your privacy by intentionally protecting your identity.

About DeleteMe

DeleteMe by Abine empowers average people to control how their personal information is accessed and shared online. By removing details like names, addresses and phone numbers from websites like PeopleFinders, Spokeo and DexKnows, this subscription service helps clients remove personal information from Google.

For more information, visit Joindeleteme.com

 

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