Entries by Hayley Kaplan

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Remove your information from Persopo

Persopo is one of many sites that provide quick and easy access to personal information originating in public records. A search on the site scans the Internet for contact information, current residence, marriage and divorce records, phone numbers, relatives and associates, arrest warrants, police arrest records, speeding tickets, sex offender status, felonies and misdemeanors, licenses and […]

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How to find your personal information on the Internet

In order to understand the dangers of having your personal data easily accessible online, the best place to start is to find evidence of it. Once you have a sense of what information others can easily locate about you, then you can determine if you want to do something about it or not. How to locate your personal […]

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Six fraud avoidance tips from FBI Special Agent

At a recent Cyber Security/Fraud event in Los Angeles, I learned new and valuable information from an FBI Supervisory Special Agent that I want to share with as many people as possible. To that end, I’m passing along what I learned with a few supplemental tips of my own. The FBI agent provided interesting cyber crime statistics from […]

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Opt Out of Whitepages – Revised August 2015

Whitepages is an important and commonly used directory however, when it comes to opting out, it is on my list of most frustrating sites to deal with. Firstly, intermittent technical issues get in the way of opt outs going as expected. Secondly, Whitepages responds to every email with a boilerplate email letting the sender know they read all […]

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Remove your address and phone numbers from 10digits

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 […]

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Dangers of Seniors and Technology

Looking over my dad’s new smartphone photos, my heart skipped a beat. I was staring at vibrant photographs of every credit card in his wallet – and there were many. That’s not where it ended. There were additional photos such as the one of his medical insurance card with his social security number on it. […]

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We Don’t Cover Stupid! How to protect sensitive data.

“We don’t cover stupid” is a reminder that ignorance and lack of expertise have become unacceptable excuses for technological negligence. This entertaining but reasonable statement was made by an insurance company who is suing for reimbursement of a payout after learning an insured healthcare provider failed to take appropriate security measures to protect online patient medical records. The provider’s […]

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Remove your personal information from CheckPeople

CheckPeople is one of many people directories that make our highly personal information easily and unnecessarily accessible. This information includes our address and address history, miscellaneous contact information including phone numbers and email addresses, our assets, our relatives, our criminal history (if we have any) and much, much more. I remove my information from such directories to reduce my […]

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Opt Out of Whitepages – updated March 2015

The sale of our personal data continues to be an increasingly lucrative business and simultaneously identity theft is growing rapidly. As such it has become even more important to remove our personal online information. Since directory sites prefer to hold onto our personal information in order to profit from it, they don’t often make it easy to opt […]

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What do you do when you or someone you know has been hacked or spoofed?

I’d like to tell you that I’ve never clicked on a link I shouldn’t have clicked on, but that would be a lie. Do you realize that even a close friend can accidentally give you a virus with an innocent suggestion to download a screensaver, sign a petition, watch a video or read a joke? I’m likely more cautious than many, […]