I blog semi-anonymously, but it is hard to strike a balance between what to share and what not to share. Since I maintain a primary job, as well as many different other ventures, so I don’t want to fully reveal everything. However, I’m sure that if someone tried, they could figure out just about everything there is to know.
So, the bottom line is, do you know how much information you share? Here are some tools to see what information you have online.
Your Web Properties
Do you know what information is available from your website? For example, have you ever used Whois? It gives all the information about a particular website.
- Domain Name
- Name Server
- Creation Date
- Expiration Date
- Contact Information
Your Real Properties
Did you know that all of your property information is public record? When you buy real estate, you have to file with your local county clerk, and that information is saved as public record. Any deeds, loans, liens, and other documents are easily searchable.
These records have your name, address, and other information. While you can’t do anything particularly to change this, it is important to understand that this information is freely available as public record. It is one of the primary ways solicitors and junk mailers get your contact information.
The same applies with your business. If you are a legal business entity, you are usually required to get permits and licenses from your county or state. As a result, these are public as well, and companies can get a hold of this information.
You should check out your local county clerk or state clerk and see what information is available about you. Many have online portals where you can search for this information.
Do you know what information is floating around about you on the internet? Do you use social media sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, or Google+? You profile could be easily searchable. You should “Google” yourself every now-and-then to see what information is publicly available. If you are looking for a job, this could be especially helpful if something detrimental is searchable online (i.e. party photos, etc.).
Also, you should check out the site Pipl. This site is particularly scary because of the amount of information it finds about you online. It searches public records and other databases to find information about you. You should definitely know what is on this site.
Readers, are you concerned about the amount of personal information available on the internet?