Prepare to be SHOCKED
Right after you read this article, go to www.familytreenow.com and enter your name. You’ll be shocked at what you see! You, your birthdate, all of your family members and possible “associates” (usually people who have lived with you at some point – roommates or ex-partners) and your current address as well as a list of your past residences!
It seems www.familytreenow is sort of a faux family genealogy site that acts a personal database aggregator. What’s the difference between this site and peekyou, whitepages, rocketreach, spokeo? The biggest difference between those other sites is that FamilyTreeNow is free and therefore, accessible to anyone. There’s no legwork nor subscription of any kind. It goes back for most people 10-20 years. It doesn’t go back farther than that, and it seems to have more information on people that use social media.
Cyber security and You
You can look at Familytreenow.com two ways: Some say it’s like a modern day phone book with a few new twists. Old school phone book have listed home addresses. Certain records – birth certificates, marriage/divorce records are a matter of public record, and that’s just life.
Well, Safertech looks at it a different way. We think EVERYONE should be concerned: not just celebrities, women with a history of domestic violence, victims of stalking, law enforcement, etc. How can this information be misused? Does its potential for misuse outweigh any benefit?
9. Check back in 48 hours to repeat search and confirm you correctly opted out.
Disconnecting from our Connected World
Digital Privacy gets more complicated
Some people say that Googling yourself only makes it worse, by creating aggregate datapoint pathways to further confirm you, in fact, are YOU. It acts sort of like SEO or Search Engine Optimization for your identity. We say – Do a privacy check-up twice a year, and opt out of everything you can. Don’t forget to check out your loved ones, too!
Stay Safe in our Wireless World, And here’s one more way to make sure you do– CreepBlockers!