Your name is all over the internet

United States
February 16, 2017 9:53pm CST
They (this is a general they) tell you that your information isn't private. That anyone with the know how can find something out about you just by a few keystrokes on google. This isn't a lie, or a scare tactic. You can pretty much find out anything about anybody with just a few minutes work. It's not always going to be true or up to date information though. You don't think about all the ways your name is out there online. It's not just credit card purchases that might ping your name but anything. Remember that one time you were in the newspaper as a child with your class? Yup, bet you could find that online. Or what about when your grandmother died and you were named as one of her survivors on the obituary? Bet you didn't think about that information being accessible. Places do actually take these tidbits of info and secure them on their own servers and sell the info to anyone wanting to know. People searches, someone wanting to find you, maybe even innocently. Classmates.com for instance? I was searching on google with just the first middle and last name of a relative of mine. I even used his suffix. A suffix, in this sense of the word, is a numeric value to differentiate between people of the same name. I searched but didn't find what I was looking for, however I did find a relative of mine and lo and behold I was mentioned. Further research on other sites would have my name listed in several different ways. I didn't tell them they could use this info, but then it's easily accessible and not "locked" under any kind of legalities either. One name showed up as it did in reference to another relative because of my grandmother's obituary. "Such and such is survived by ___ ___ who has one daughter ____ ____(me)." Of course this doesn't mean you shouldn't take all measures to secure your credit card information, and in many cases this particular of information is not easily attainable. Just make sure you are using sites you can trust, or paying through paypal or a third party payment processor you can trust. But your name? Nah, that's gonna show up everywhere, even if you didn't know it. I'm still trying to figure out how one variant showed up linked with my father (the variant has my first name, middle initial and my married last name, no mention of maiden name at all though it still linked it to my father). Ugh, but seriously, how am I to find out any more info about my grandfather online if my dad keeps popping up everywhere instead??
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@stbrians (15854)
• Kakamega, Kenya
17 Feb 17
No where to hide
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• United States
17 Feb 17
Not in this modern age.
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@stbrians (15854)
• Kakamega, Kenya
17 Feb 17
@ScribbledAdNauseum you are laid open for all to see
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• United States
17 Feb 17
@stbrians Sad, isn't it?
@andriaperry (56353)
• United States
17 Feb 17
Yeah I did this years ago and it has me hooked to many obits
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• United States
17 Feb 17
The only obit I am listed in is my grandmother's and my name is listed as my first name and maiden name. I never took my name back, but I am divorced.
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@allknowing (68689)
• India
17 Feb 17
As long as you do not share much there is no harm. Online shopping sites however have stored information which is what unsettles me.
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• United States
17 Feb 17
There is also the newer option of storing your payment information with the sites database.
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@allknowing (68689)
• India
17 Feb 17
@ScribbledAdNauseum What;s that?
• United States
17 Feb 17
@allknowing There are American based shopping websites that store your payment information within their databases for easier check out. I guess that's what you were referring to?
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@akalinus (20026)
• United States
18 Feb 17
Much of the information out there is not accurate and some info seems like fiction. I have found astounding errors on family members.
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• United States
19 Feb 17
Yes for every correct piece of information there are several more that are completely incorrect.
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@akalinus (20026)
• United States
21 Feb 17
@ScribbledAdNauseum I agree. Completely whacked according to someone's misconceptions.
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• United States
21 Feb 17
@akalinus Misconceptions, or better yet, unwillingness to do proper research. Not that I want information that I didnt' freely give out there.
@dpk262006 (56473)
• Delhi, India
17 Feb 17
Yes, you are very right that in today's world of internet our identities are not safe. We could be searched through our first name, surname or middle name or could be found out through our residential address, Permanent Account Number or with our Bank details. It is better to take adequate safety measures while logging on to any website or doing any activity online.
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• United States
17 Feb 17
I prefer not to think about them having easy access to my banking information! Eeks!
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@dpk262006 (56473)
• Delhi, India
17 Feb 17
@ScribbledAdNauseum In India Income Tax Authorities know about about bank details. I do not know what is system at your place. By the way in which do you maintain your bank account?
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• United States
19 Feb 17
@dpk262006 You mean that your tax revenue service knows your bank details? wow...
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• United States
17 Feb 17
And that's not even taking into consideration all of the sites out there that gather public information from various sources and make it available in a convenient place online. There was one called FamilyTreeNow or something like that that had a lot of people in an uproar because it's basically a huge database of names, addresses, and phone numbers. It's just one of many sites that offer similar services, though. Every so often I search for my full name, address, or phone number and go through the sites that pop up to opt out of having my information shared. There's always another to take over when you've opted out of one, though. I'm probably going to sound like a total creeper here, but there are a few people on myLot who have shared more than enough information about themselves for me to find their personal information on one of those sites. It'd take me two or three minutes, tops. I could probably pull up all sorts of information about their relatives and/or the people they live with in that time, too. Are you on Ancestry.com? Someone on there may be researching your family and could tell you how to find more information on your grandfather. It's a pretty good resource as far as that goes. It's also possible that those records might be old enough that nobody's taken the time to make them available online yet.
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• United States
21 Feb 17
Yes, I try not to share too much information on mylot... There are people here who I have on facebook though. For the most part, I've been chatting with them for years and years though. As for ancestry.com? Nope. I can see what they offer (without signing up) and it seems like a lot of the info I already know.
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• United States
22 Feb 17
@ScribbledAdNauseum I think I remember seeing you pop up on a couple of JJ's posts... or it could have been someone with a similar avatar. I've never really been one to jump on board the trend of friending everyone who comes along. It makes it so much easier to post when you don't have to worry about filtering for specific audiences and stuff. Heck, the Facebook profile I'm using right now is pretty new and I'm still finding it a pain because I switch visibility levels a lot. It definitely has made me more conscious of my audience, though!
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• United States
22 Feb 17
@owlandbutterfly I am sure you have seen me on JJ's facebook. I don't post often but I do post to him, and it is usually about his cat. I do not friend everyone, I just don't have the time to adjust my privacy settings etc to reflect everything. I only friend someone if I've personally chatted with them long enough to be comfortable with it. I've had people on here ask for my facebook info but I say "No, sorry."
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@katsmeow1213 (29047)
• United States
17 Feb 17
It's easier if you're someone with a really common name.. then you're practically impossible to find!
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17 Feb 17
Yikes. I think it's easier to find information about American folk online than it is British folk, due to different laws. Not that I'm tempted to see if that's true!
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• United States
19 Feb 17
These are all third party sites too. Ones that seem to use "bots" to electronically grab other instances of things such as names and addresses. Hence why some are either outdated or completely incorrect. Then (some) of these same sites turn around and "sell" the info for a fee.
@garymarsh6 (14359)
• United Kingdom
17 Feb 17
It is a spooky thing really. If people are that determined to find something out about you they can do. Anyone who looks around for anything about me would have to be pretty bored to do that! LOL
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• United States
19 Feb 17
I am no celebrity myself! Yes, I don't like to think about what all they can find out. I know that there are some experienced hackers out there that could (potentially) find out information such as my social security number, bank account information... In this electronic age where it's very convenient to bank online, file taxes online... This stuff is all out there, whether it's secured or not. You don't have to "file" over there do you? I mean, I saw a video recently (as it's our tax season) and it was talking about how the UK government does all the filing and such for you? Over here we receive our W2 with all of the information such as how much we've paid into the government etc and we assemble it into another form they provide and send it back off to them. There are separate things we are to fill out to, different things that we might be able to deduct (expense wise) but none of those pertain to me as I don't own my own home, have a car, etc).
@snowy22315 (51063)
• United States
17 Feb 17
good advice!
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• United States
17 Feb 17
Thanks. I am still trying to figure out how the internet got one variant of my name. I went to the doctor's once and they put my info in as my first name and maiden middle name then my last name as my married last name. That variant shows up linked to my father, but that's the only place I can think that had my name liked that.
@jstory07 (69145)
• Roseburg, Oregon
17 Feb 17
Yes there is lots of information about everyone on the internet.
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@pammooratan (4678)
• India
17 Feb 17
New informations will you get easily than any old.
• United States
17 Feb 17
Not necessarily.
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• India
17 Feb 17
@ScribbledAdNauseum I found a lot .It's my experience.
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• United States
19 Feb 17
@pammooratan Ah well we each have different results after all.
@Morleyhunt (20312)
• Canada
17 Feb 17
I have searched for my name, my husband's name, each of my children's names.....one child comes up repeatedly....pages and pages.
• United States
19 Feb 17
I've been trying to find out more info on my grandfather, and that's why I am typing in my father's name (except instead of III I put II) and well it seems no matter what, I get info on my dad more so than on my grandfather. I haven't tried searching for other relatives, but I can imagine plenty would come up.
@Morleyhunt (20312)
• Canada
19 Feb 17
@ScribbledAdNauseum it took me years to find my father in laws information. When I did, suddenly I had both of my in laws ancestors traced back to about 1650.
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• United States
19 Feb 17
@Morleyhunt I have been able to circumvent (is that the word I want to use?) my grandfather and go further back. I've traced us all the way to Ireland, of course there's info within that may or may not be true. The area they settled in here in NC has since broken off into separate counties... Of course, I do not know that i will ever find out more than what I already have because what I want to know is more personal things about their family life. I'm also trying to go through my grandmother's (my father's mother's) side. It took me awhile but I found a researcher who helped me get past one person. Apparently the info I found on findagrave.com was inaccurate, the person who was listed as father wasn't the man who was my ancestor's father... I was able to find out who his parents are but that's now where I am stuck. I can't get past them.
17 Feb 17
yes, i think it is fairly easy to find out stuff these days.
• United States
17 Feb 17
do you think "too easy" ? I mean, even sites that offer this information (regardless of whether the information is correct) charge so little. $10.00 for a person's name and address.
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17 Feb 17
@ScribbledAdNauseum well, there are costs, yes. but it seems i can often find an address when i need it.
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• United States
19 Feb 17
@jillybean1222 Ah well I think we are talking about two different things then?
• Austin, Texas
17 Feb 17
My name can be found via the Internet. Most of the stuff is public stuff. I'm OK with that. What I'm not OK with is the other names of people getting associated or linked with my name. People I don't know!! I know the names of my husband and my kids. Whose relative is this? Cause it's not mine! And I don't see why I have to correct the record. I didn't make that record!! Whoever made the record should fix it or delete it!!! Why create unnecessary work for me to do?! (Sigh.) OK. I've yelled that out and I feel so much better now.
• United States
19 Feb 17
I haven't come across anything completely inaccurate yet. I don't know why people put falsified, or not completely verified info up anyway.
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• Austin, Texas
19 Feb 17
@ScribbledAdNauseum - That's what I'm saying. If you put the crap out there, you should be responsible for getting rid of it!