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For The Rookies

For The Rookies

I often tell people that learning about privacy and security is like going to a salad bar.  When you attend a live training about these subjects or begin to explore the large number of topics that are related to this endeavor, it can be a bit overwhelming.  With so many options and choices to consider, how does a person decide where to begin?  Hence the salad bar analogy.  There are decisions to made at every turn along the way.  What…

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The Equifax Debacle

The Equifax Debacle

Here is the latest information from reputable sources on the massive Equifax breach from this past week.  I encourage everyone to review the information, stay informed, and take proactive steps to protect your personal information.  A recent podcast about this breach is embedded below which discusses important actions a person can take, and also a free credit freeze tutorial is included in the notes below.  Unfortunately, this latest breach will not be the last. Breach at Equifax May Impact 143M…

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Phone Strategy: Update

Phone Strategy: Update

Last year I wrote an article (here) which detailed a way to set up your phone strategy with enhancements to privacy & security in mind.  Since that time, I have received numerous emails with questions and feedback on the solutions I set up.  I decided to post an update to my strategy and highlight some of the changes I have made over the past year.  I am going to leave the original article untouched so that readers can compare the…

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Sharing A Cell Phone Number

Sharing A Cell Phone Number

During a recent trip out of town, I met with a real estate broker to inquire about home prices in the area and also get a contact for a local attorney who may be able to help with purchasing property in a non-traditional, private manner.  The broker I met worked for a well known firm, one that caters to high end clients worldwide.  For the purpose of this article, her name was “Megan”, and she proved to be very knowledgeable…

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TruePeopleSearch (Opt-Out)

TruePeopleSearch (Opt-Out)

The following information was originally posted to the Privacy-Training blog earlier today.  In a previous post, I discussed FamilyTreeNow and how that website has very accurate details about most Americans, including home addresses, telephone numbers, emails, family members, and other personal information.  An option to remove your data from FamilyTreeNow is available, which was already discussed here. Recently, a site that appears to offer a clone of that data has emerged at TruePeopleSearch.com.  Even more interesting, the data that was…

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Unclaimed Property

Unclaimed Property

Every State has a method for individuals to search if they have any unclaimed property that has been reported to the State Controller’s Office or Treasury Office.  People are often surprised at how much unclaimed property there is, especially when they search their name and find that something is waiting for them to claim.  Nowadays in most States you can easily search your name online to see if there is a windfall with your name on it.  Start with Google,…

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Podcast 026 – My First Interview

Podcast 026 – My First Interview

I wanted to take a moment to remind readers about the Complete Privacy & Security Podcast, hosted by Michael Bazzell and Justin Carroll.  This weekly podcast tackles many privacy & security related topics in depth and also answers listener questions on a regular basis.  As of this week, there are 30 episodes and every single one has valuable information that applies to anyone pursuing more knowledge.  Be sure to tune in and explore the many areas of privacy & security…

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Removal: VIN.place

Removal: VIN.place

You may be familiar with this website, vin.place, which shows the full name, address, and phone number of people who have purchased a vehicle at a dealership.  It also shows the vehicle’s VIN, and make/model of the vehicle along with other information.  A great research tool when you know a name, or if you happen to know the VIN because you can query the database for either piece of information.  The more unique the name, the less searching you have…

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OneRep.com (Opt-Out)

OneRep.com (Opt-Out)

OneRep.com is one of those websites that appears to offer assistance with removing your information for a fee.  Make no mistake, they will gladly collect your information from “public” sources to publish it for anyone to see.  They are in it to make a buck as a paid removal and monitoring service, that’s it.  Also, if your name is listed on their website, the site is regularly indexed by search engines, making you even more easily to be found. Their…

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Data Removal: Melissa.com

Data Removal: Melissa.com

The website Melissa.com is a data broker that combines a large variety of personal information from public sources.  Their service aggregates real estate records, voter registration records, business information, plus a lot more and makes that information searchable by anyone via a free “look ups” section of their site and also a paid premium service.  Online investigators have come to realize that Melissa.com is a reliable source for target information because many people may not be aware that their personal…

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