A Comprehensive Step-by-step Guide to Data Brokers by OneRep, Part 2
In the first post of our data broker series we’ve explored how people search engines can get you in trouble by sharing your sensitive info all over the internet. The good news is you don’t have to sit back and watch them do so. You can fight and remove yourself instead.
In this guide we’ll give you some practical removal tips and explain how to delete your information from data broker websites in two ways.
Before you start
1. Create a temporary email account
Why? Many data brokers require signing up to claim your profile in order to remove it.
We strongly recommend using temporary disposable email services like guerrillamail.com, mytemp.email, tempmailaddress.com, and others. You can also create a temporary email address on any email domains of your choice. The temporary email address will keep your regular email safe and protect your real inbox from spam.
2. Find out which data brokers share your personal information
How can you discover where your information is exposed? There are two ways:
- Google yourself. Type your name + city or your name + city and state. Search and see which data brokers have shared your data.
- Have OneRep check your name on data broker sites. The tool will take a quick scan of over 80 websites and display the results on an easy-to-read dashboard.
3. Determine your strategy
Once you get your search results, you will most probably see that your sensitive details are spread all over the web – on people search sites of all calibers.
Want our advice? Target the most popular webpages first because they get the most visitors.
Read on for tips on how to manually remove your data from top data broker sites.
Opt-out instructions for top data brokers
Fast People Search opt-out
10 million people visit FastPeopleSearch.com every month, which is a scary number to think about! Each one of them can view your current and previous locations, aliases and relatives—for free.
Subscribers can access a lot of data, including detailed contact info, public records, birth details, criminal offenses, and more. So it’s essential that you protect yourself and opt out of Fast People Search!
You can delete your profile by visiting their website and following the instructions they give. But it can be quite hard to find those! Thankfully, you can always refer to our guide on how to remove yourself manually.
According to OneRep stats, your profile will probably reappear on fastpeoplesearch.com in 71 days. It’s a good idea to check this site regularly. Don’t have a lot of time to spare? A OneRep subscription will provide automatic monitoring and removal of your info from this data broker and many others.
Is the mission accomplished?
Not just yet! But almost! It’s super important that you read the facts below.
Fact 1: Removing your profile from top people search sites does not equal immediate removal from Google
That’s right. It takes up to several days for Google to update its search results and exclude your deleted listings. You can speed things up by clearing your Google cache.
Fact 2: Once you remove your profiles from top data brokers, Google will show other personal profiles of yours on other people search sites
It is absolutely not enough to remove listings from top data broker sites only. Once Google loses pages from top sites, it pulls up profile pages from other sites into its search results. To remove your name from Google, you need to remove your profile from all data broker sites.
So how big is the problem?
“According to OneRep statistics, an average person is found on 46 data brokers. Some sites may share several profiles of yours because of name variations that generate new listings. It is essential to remove all profiles if you want to minimize your online presence,” says Nick Shershan.
The problem is pretty big but it can be easily solved via our OneRep opt-out guides or our OneRep tool!
Check if people search sites expose your info
OneRep scans 104 data broker sites for your profiles
and removes your private information. Automatically.
How does OneRep removal work?Our removal tool follows these three steps. And remember: you don’t have to do anything! Step 1 OneRep scans the web to check how many sites have exposed your personal data. Step 2 OneRep removes your information from all of the data brokers that display it. The tool automatically sends opt-out requests on your behalf. And if the website fails to remove your data, it will continue to pester the data broker until they do so. Step 3 OneRep monitors the web and keeps removing your information. How? Easy! The tool will run regular scans of the 84 websites that display your personal information. It will continue to monitor your data. And as soon as your sensitive info pops up again, the tool will delete it! There’s no time like now to say goodbye to personal info sprawled across the internet! Have you had trouble removing your information from people search sites? If so, what has been your solution? How long did it take? Were there any pitfalls on the way? We want to hear from you! Let’s talk in the comments.
Remove your sensitive info from the web
OneRep’s algorithm scans 104 data brokers and removes your records from all people search sites that publish them