Do you ever Google yourself? If not, you should. Go ahead…open up Google and type in your name.
Did you find anything interesting?
For the most part, when I Google myself I find the usual suspects – my Twitter account, LinkedIn profile, this website, and a few other Deannas that make the search interesting.
For instance, my maiden name alter ego is a female MMA fighter. You know, the ones in the octagonal cage. Yep. Want to know what’s funnier? One of her recent fights was against my cousin’s alter ego. I. kid. you. not. Couldn’t have made that up if I tried. Anyway, I digress.
The title of this post said it would be frightening. Well, are you ready for it? Last week when I Googled myself (yes, I do it every other month or so), I found a new entry from a site called Spokeo.
But what is Spokeo, you ask? According to their website, “Spokeo is a people search engine that aggregates white-pages listings and public records.” Now, we all know that today’s social media age has made information more accessible, but I was under the impression that it would be somewhat difficult to put it all together.
Oh, how wrong I was. The Spokeo listing had all kinds of contact information for me. In fact, it had my current address with a map! WHAT?!? Plus, after digging around a bit, I found 10 listings for myself from previous addresses across the US. Talk about scary!
But, it’s not all doom and gloom here today. If you find your information on Spokeo, you can have it removed. Here’s how…
How to Remove Yourself from Spokeo?
And here’s confirmation that I was successful in removing my listing.
Whew! Crisis averted.
Have you ever come across anything scary regarding your personal information on the Internet? If so, what did you do?