Spokeo is Giving Out Your Personal Information

Spokeo is Giving Out Your Personal Information

Spokeo is Giving Out Your Personal InformationOur friends at Cool Mom Tech just brought something really important (and quite scary!) to our attention. You all know that I’m all over the internet. It’s my job after all! Plus, with all the video reviews I do for you guys, my face is also plastered all over the internet. It’s what I signed up for when I started Baby Gizmo. Kind of.

That doesn’t mean that I still don’t want to keep some privacy especially for my family. The internet can be a very scary place with all the personal information that is floating around, all the social media sites and people search sites. Sure, it’s fun to look up an old friend, but some sites take it to a stalker level. They give out all kinds of personal information such as physical addresses, cell phones, emails, names of your relatives and much, much more. They even offer a Google map to your front door!

Spokeo is one of these scary sites. I almost guarantee that YOU are on it…AND all your personal information that every Spokeo member who pays a small fee has access to. Scary.

Believe me, you don’t want all this information on Spokeo. It’s just too scary. Good thing that you can remove your personal information from Spokeo immediately. Cool Mom Tech did all the work of finding out how to remove your listing and laying it all out for us! They clearly have our backs! (Thanks Cool Mom Tech!)

1. Head over to Spokeo.com and search your name.  (Search maiden names, nicknames, and spouse names too.)

2. Results will come up based on state, so choose the one in which you currently live. Then pick based on your street.

3. Copy the url of the page that has your specific info, like street and city, and yes, even a Google Earth photo of your residence (shown at top). A little disconcerting, right?

4. Click on privacy at the very bottom of the page in grey, and scroll down to “Removing Your Listing from Spokeo.”

5. Paste the url, then add your current email address in the space, and complete the CAPCHA.

6. Then check your email (or spam/junk if you don’t see it immediately) which will include a link for you to click to confirm the removal of your information.

That’s it.

Keep in mind, you need to grab the URL from each of your specific locations, so if you have more than one residence on the website, you’ll need to do each of them individually. And we’re finding that it’s limiting us to only 5 at a time–but hopefully not for good. Some of us have a lot of past residences on there that need to come out.

Thanks again to Cool Mom Tech for bringing this to our attention. They are awesome!

 

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Mike

Omg! I tried to enter my uncle’s name (he’s based in US) and was shocked to find a result for his name. It even includes the names of his entire family and like you’ve said, a map to their front door! haha! I’ll forward this article to them and make sure to follow the instructions for removal. Thanks so much for this article.

Christine @ Mama Papa Barn
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Christine @ Mama Papa Barn

Thank you for sharing this information. I had no idea and I am appalled.

Laura Armstrong
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Laura Armstrong

Thank you SO much for this information about Spokeo. Blessings, L

Holly Rudd
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Holly Rudd

Thanks for letting us know this. I went in & removed my info. ( use birth name & married name ) Also I found information on my parent’s who are deceased.
Sent emails to friends & posted on FB . I’m sure there are other sites that gather this info but spokeo.com makes it very easy to access a lot of information for a few dollars.

Stephanie
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Stephanie

This is incredibly creepy, particularly the google earth photo. Thank you so much for posting this.

Benjamin Spaulding
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Benjamin Spaulding

I’m a tech dad and I work in the technology arena. I’m also an information security nut (my wife says I’m paranoid), so I both dread and enjoy reading about sites like Spokeo… They may remove the information from their servers, but it also validates their data and it allows them to tie the multiple entries into a better cohesive picture of you. In my opinion, this is scarier. This is similar to clicking links in spam emails or hitting “unsubscribe” from services you never signed up for. Yes, it will remove you from that one service, but it confirms… Read more »

Brooke Upchurch
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Brooke Upchurch

Thank you so much for the information! It had every single address I have ever lived on!!! Forwarding to friends and family members now!!!

Jessica Barnhart
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Jessica Barnhart

wow! that’s scary, i went to spokeo.com and it had my address, phone number, financial information, and more. very scary! thanks for letting us know about this

Lauren V.
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Lauren V.

The only reason Spokeo is bad is because it is user-friendly and brings all of this information to one place. It is all available elsewhere on the internet if you know how to find it. This is all public information, and for it to show up here, it is located somewhere else on the internet. You can find anything about people and their personal property by searching for it. Searching assessor’s websites and public deeds will even tell you exactly how much someone pays in taxes, how much they bought their house for, how many mortgages and home equity loans… Read more »