Yesterday, one of my friends posted a warning on Facebook about www.spokeo.com. It's a "phone book" which when I typed my name in, provided the road I used to live on, the number of people in my household, my marital status, hobbies, my home's approximate worth, my approxinate income, and other personal things. For a few extra dollars, users could search for my exact address, phone number and even my credit score.
I clicked on the privacy link at the bottom of the page and removed my listing, but this service gathers its information from other sources on the web and uses the various information to compile comprehensive "reports" on unaware inidivduals like us. So I may have removed myself from this one resource, but the information is still out there.
So, let's take today to share information about information we may not want weird websites to share. (Got that?) Spokeo is definitely something I feel I should warn you about. What do you think you should warn others about?
4 years ago