12 Steps To Remove Your Name & Address From The Internet

eraseArmed only with your name, or address, or phone number it’s simple for anyone to do a few internet searches to discover your full legal name, full birth date, info on family members, and a complete history of everywhere you’ve lived.

Protecting your privacy from the likes of top-notch private investigators and government officials is an art and a science. Though it can be comforting to have, most people do not need this level of protection.

Social networking sites like Facebook and Myspace have privacy controls, allowing you to choose which people on your friends list can see more intimate details like your address and phone number. And most other types of online profiles also let you cherry pick what information to share.

Personally I don’t think it’s wise to post much, if any, personal details to these sites and if you’re really serious you shouldn’t even have accounts there at all. I deleted mine over a year ago. For keeping in touch with friends, I’ll take e-mail or good ol’ fashioned face-to-face any day.

But these sites aren’t what you should worry about anyway. You could delete all your online profiles today, and there would STILL be mountains of data on you lurking around everywhere.

Because most often, the security breaches in your everyday life come from the sources you’d least expect.

If you’re at all concerned about reining in your privacy, then here are 12 things you should do right now to remove your name, address, and phone number from the internet. That way, you can be more assured that whoever has your information will only be those you actually wanted to have it.

#1. 411.com, whitepages.com, phonenumber.com, whitepages.aol.com

Go to each of these sites in turn and run a search for your name. Click on the results and about halfway down the page you’ll see a little link that says “Is this you? Remove your listing.” Click that and enter some B.S. reason for removal, type the security code, and poof! Your listing will be removed.

#2. Anywho.com

Look up your listing and then go to http://www.anywho.com/help/privacy_list.html and enter the phone number they had for you in the listing. They’ll shoot back a number for you to call. Call that phone number from the same number that was in the listing and you will be removed.

#3. people.yahoo.com

Look up your listing to see what it says. Then head over to http://yahoo.intelius.com/optout.php – fill out the form with the same information you found in the listing and then hit “remove me.”

#4. peoplefinders.com

Go to http://www.peoplefinders.com/privacy.aspx to read their procedure. It’s crazy that they ask for address history going back 20 years, but my recommendation would be to look yourself up first and only provide whatever info they already have on the opt-out form.

#5. daplus.us

Do a search for your name and then check the second box to find your listing. Open a new tab in your browser and go to http://www.daplus.us/remove.aspx and complete the form with your information. If they have several variations of your name at the same address, fill out a separate form for each one.

#6. reversephonedetective.com

We here at the Legal Secrets Report love Reverse Phone Detective for looking up callers, but there’s no reason why YOU should be in their database. So go there and type in your phone numbers and see what comes up. If you’re in there, open up a new tab to http://www.reversephonedetective.com/optout/optout.php and submit the form. Be sure to read all the checkboxes because one of them is for e-mail ads.

#7. zabasearch.com

This one makes you jump through a few more hoops. Find your listing and open up a new tab to http://www.zabasearch.com/block_records/block_by_mail.php – they have another option that lets you instantly block your record for $20, but why pay when you can do it through the mail for free?

#8. switchboard.intelius.com

Once again, find your listing and go to http://switchboard.intelius.com/optout.php – complete the form and you’ll be removed.

#9. find.person.superpages.com

This used to be just for businesses but nowadays they over individual people too. Find your listing and click “update listing” under the address. But don’t delete it! Instead, go down to the bottom of the page and click “online removal form.” Enter the security word and click “remove me.”

#10. classmates.com

A long time ago, I was talked into joining this site to keep in touch with old chums from school, class reunions, and whatnot. I’m not interested in any of that anymore, and all it had gotten me so far was a LOT of junk e-mail and zero privacy. So I deleted my account. You can too by going to http://www.classmates.com/cmo/user/remove

#11. intelius.com

I saved the most difficult two for last. One is the huge data company, Intelius. They actually have the nerve to force you to subscribe to their service just for the “privilege” of removing yourself. The best way is to subscribe to their $19.95 24-hour unlimited pass. That’ll give you enough time to search out yourself and all your family, friends, and relatives. All you do is find the listing, print it off, and fax it to them. After that, it’ll be removed in a few days.

#12. ussearch.com

Just like Intelius, these guys make you subscribe to their service to print the listing so you can get removed. Get a $19.95 24-hour unlimited pass and search everyone you know. Open another browser tab to http://www.ussearch.com/consumer/optout/submitOptout.do – then you can send the printout to them via mail or fax.

That should take care of most of your data floating around out there. Ultimately for maximum privacy you should shift all your public addresses over to a P.O. box, a CMRA, or what our privacy expert Joe Decameron calls a “ghost address.”

For a more in-depth take on how to safeguard your privacy and live comfortably off the radar, check out Joe’s new course “The Perfect Privacy Solution.”

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