Have you ever stopped to really think about all your personal information online and where it is stored and who has access to it? How secure is your information?
A company called Family Tree Now has one of the largest collections of genealogy information and records and is 100% free for anyone to go in and look at the information they have compiled on just about everyone in existence. It’s meant to help you find your family trees and your family history. Unfortunately, people can use this information for nefarious reasons. Just imagine what people can do with your full name, every address you have ever lived at, your date of birth and so much more.
Obviously it’s totally legit that people want to find their family’s info and build their family trees, but there are supposed to be securities in place to protect sensitive information when you submit it to sites and businesses. Especially when it comes to your family’s name – like your kids! (Someone with ill intentions can easily get on this site and find a child by looking up an address, looking at photos, knowing their school district and things escalating from there.)
Try it for yourself! Search your name. If your personal history comes up, you need to delete it by opting out.
I searched my name and it came back with not only my CURRENT address, but every address I have ever lived and worked at.
Here’s how to have your information removed:
- Visit FamilyTreeNow.com
- Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “Privacy”
- On the next page, scroll about halfway down and look for the words “Opt Out Of Living People Records.” Click the link that says “opt out here.”
- Search for yourself. When your information comes up, click “view details” and then click on the red button on the next page to finish removing your personal information.
I opt’ed out of having my information on the site and it was removed within 48 hours. You can no longer look me up on the site.