You have a right to protect yourself against sites that sell your personal information. Ex-spouses, old friends, potential employers, and others can look for you online. It can be a pleasant surprise to get a friend request from an old connection on Facebook or LinkedIn. However, you should have the option to prevent others from selling or buying your personal information on sites like Peoplefinders.com.
Peoplefinders, based in Sacramento, CA, searches public and private records about individuals and offers them for sale online. The company’s founder started as a private investigator. He used his skills to create an online service that provides information to anyone who can pay a nominal fee.
The good news is that you can successfully have your information removed from searches on the site. Learn what information about you people can buy and how to protect your privacy.
What Information Do Peoplefinders Have?
Here are some of the details that determined searchers can find out about you on Peoplefinders:
- Name (maiden and married, if applicable)
- Addresses (past and present)
- Children and known associates (including your friends and family members)
- Where you were born
- Criminal records
- How much do you make
- Social media accounts
- Other private details
Scary, right? To remove personal information from Peoplefinders, partner with Remove Personal Information. We typically remove all traces from dozens of sites within one month or less.
How to Remove Your Information from Peoplefinders
Take the following steps to remove from Peoplefinders your personal details:
- Go to www.Peoplefinders.com/opt-out.
- Search for your name, city, and state. (This is important if you have a common name.)
- Choose your profile and copy the URL.
- Include the URL on the opt-out form.
- Provide your email address.
- Verify that you want to opt out of the site.
- Send in the request.
It takes about 7 days for the site to process the request and remove you from people finders. As you can see, going through this process for hundreds of sites can become time-consuming. We can help you complete the process through automated tools available to our online privacy experts. If you have questions, call 800-718-8997.
Protect Your Privacy Online With These Tips
The following online privacy tips make it harder for websites to share information about you or your online habits:
- Avoid oversharing on social media and use your privacy settings to control who gets to see your posts.
- When browsing, use private mode or incognito to prevent your computer from sharing your information via cookies and other tools.
- Use other search engines besides Google.
- Implement and use a virtual private network. It gives you anonymity online.
- Use RemovePersonalInformation to safeguard your internet privacy continuously.
Protecting your privacy online requires vigilance. However, it’s an exhausting process. Let us help.