IMPORTANT INSIDERS PRIVACY ALERT
Protect your Privacy and prevent Identity Theft
Earlier today my daughter sounded the alarm on SPOKEO.COM a search engine that aggregates and compiles personal data available on the public domain about individuals for the purpose of resale to 3rd parties.
In addition to your full name, addess, telephone number, names of household members, there is income, ethnicity, occupation and more. Even a photo of your home and or street that you live on.
To protect your privacy and prevent identity theft, consider going to SPOKEO.COM, search for yourself. Copy the URL of your profile and click Privacy on the bottom right of the page.
Paste the URL and follow the instructions to have your profile removed from this website. You will receive e-mail confirmation of the removal.
Next, consider alerting all of your family members, friends, neighbors and coworkers about taking this step to protect their privacy.
Thanks TJ, for the heads up. Alas, there is a plethora of information available to anyone with a desire to spend some time searching for it on the Internet and in town halls.
Some details most of you may know:
So, we're totally at the mercy of the Internet? Not if we exercise a little care in surfing and responding to ads, etc. Also consider enrolling in a reputable credit monitoring service to ensure no one is snooping or using your cards. I enrolled in Triple Advantage but there are plenty of sites that can check all three programs and alert you.
Last, and this comes from my personal experience, check all your credit card receipts to ensure your copy is returned to you and without a long delay. Someone actually copied the numbers on my Marriott Visa and then charged nearly 1400 dollars on it.Chase called and we got it straightened out.
But as TJ points out, be aware.