Lack of Privacy Alert!

Lack of Privacy Alert!

10digits is a basic free online directory that contains names, home addresses and telephone numbers with satellite maps of the addresses that come up. If you prefer to not have your home address so easily accessible, removing your information is easy. This tutorial illustrates each step of the removal process which should take only a few minutes to complete. I removed myself from 10digits a long time ago, so I used other people as examples and for privacy purposes, I blocked out some of their information.

You can toggle back and forth from the tab this tutorial is in to the tab where the links open up for you to take actions because each link will open up in a separate browser window or tab.

1. Click here to begin a search for yourself on 10digits. (Then come back to the tutorial tab per directions above.)

2. Enter your name without adding the city and state and then click on the magnifying glass to see if you come up. If there are too many choices, than start over and narrow down your search by entering city and state or zip.

10 Digits Directory Site

Only add location if your name doesn’t come up in the first search.

 

3. If you don’t locate yourself, than you are done and can exit this tutorial.

4. If you do locate yourself, click on the “+ More” tab of the result that appears to be yours (picture A) and you will see a bit more information. (picture B)

These 3 results do not belong to me.

Picture A: None of these results belong to me. (For this tutorial, I’ll pick one as an example)

 

Picture B: Clicking on the "+ More" link reveals full phone number, address and location on a satellite map

Picture B: Clicking on the “+ More” link reveals full phone number, address and location on a satellite map

5. Before you can remove this information, you will need a scan of your state or federal issued ID. I know this is uncomfortable and annoying, but you will not be able to remove your information without this.

  • You should block out your photo and your ID number.
  • If you use an ID such as the one pictured below, you can block out your birthdate and the address if it differs from the one you are removing.
They want to know you are who you say you are. Block out information you don't want them to have.

They want to know you are who you say you are. Block out information you don’t want them to have.

6. Copy the web address of your listing from the address bar before proceeding to step 7.

Highlight the web address or URL and then copy it. Command C copies the URL on a Mac platform. Control C is used to copy on a PC.

Highlight the web address or URL and then copy it. Command C copies the URL on a Mac platform. Control C is used to copy on a PC.

7. Click here to remove yourself from 10digits. Follow steps A, B, C and D as pictured below:

Follow steps A, B, C, and D to submit your opt out request

Follow steps A, B, C, and D to submit your opt out request

8. You will immediately receive a confirmation notice of an email being sent to the email address you provided. Go to that email box, open that email and then click on the listed link within the email to complete the removal process. (If you don’t find it, first check your spam box. If you still don’t find it, you will need to start over and may even need to use a different email address)

You must click on the link in the email to complete your removal process

You must click on the link in the email to complete your removal process

9. You will receive a confirmation that your removal is in progress.

Don't forget to follow up and check that your information has been removed!

Don’t forget to follow up and check that your information has been removed!

10. Once you receive another email from 10digits with the subject of “Listing Removal Complete”, go back to step 1 to verify the removal was done correctly. Your information should be gone but if it’s not, feel free to reach out to me for additional assistance.

Removing yourself from 10digits does not seem like a big deal, however, you will need to do it in order to remove yourself from a far more invasive directory I will be discussing in the future. Along those same lines, you may as well remove yourself from the other directories I have tutorials on. Click here for all Opt Out Tutorials or, feel free to contact me to request a quote to do it for you if you don’t want to deal with the process and follow up yourself.

Until next time,… Stay Cyber Safe!

 

 

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