An article in the Gizmodo web site should scare all of us. David Nield tells how to find anyone by searching online. That can be useful but it also means that anyone else probably can find you as well. A bill collector? A stalker? Your ex-spouse’s attorney? All of them can find you.
Nield quotes security expert Michael Bazzell:
“Except in rare scenarios where a person has made diligent effort to hide, everyone has an online trail that identifies many pieces of personal information. Facebook and Twitter are the first stops. These are fairly global and disclose more personal details.”
The article then goes on to describe the information available in Google, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn Instagram, Bing, DuckDuckGo, WebCrawler, DogPile, and Monster Crawler, the WayBack Machine and other places.
Even if you do not use those services yourself, your friends, relatives, and business associates may be posting information there about you.
Interesting reading! Take a look at: http://fieldguide.gizmodo.com/how-to-find-anyone-online-1798301196.
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Categories: Online Privacy & Security
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