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Why you should use Google to search for your email address right now

We’ve written a lot of articles about Google searches and online databases. Our online safety is important, and much of that comes down to regulating our searches and learning how to protect ourselves. Tap or click here for seven things to never search for on Google.

If you haven’t tried Googling your email address, though, this is a new tip that you should try. While you can scroll through the internet and look for your old accounts one by one, there is an easier way.

Searching for your email address can bring up all sorts of stuff you weren’t expecting. The most common thing you’ll find is your information on people-search databases. Let’s take a look at what those are and how to remove yourself from those sites.

People-search sites

If you type in your email, you’ll see a lot of results like Spokeo and PeekYou. These sites are gold mines to look up other people’s data. Type in someone’s email, phone number, or personal data and it will offer to sell you all of their information for a certain price.

Terrifying, isn’t it?

How do you delete your information from these sites? It isn’t easy. In fact, some of the biggest sites make it nearly impossible to remove your data. Some sites will allow you to opt out by going directly to their site. Like Spokeo, for example.

Other sites don’t make it so easy. One of the largest, Intelius, used to make you fax it a copy of your driver’s license. Since then, it’s simplified the process a little bit, but it’s still long and complicated.

For an in-depth look at how to remove yourself entirely from these pesky sites, tap or click here.

Dating sites

This may seem like a weird one, but if you’ve had some experience online dating, you might see yourself cross-referenced on several of these sites when you Google your email. Take care not to click on the links though, some of them are hacker sites set up to lure you in.

Dating sites not only have a treasure trove of your data, but they can also be dangerous. There are tons of bots and scammers on these types of sites trying to rip you off. Tap or click here to find out how to spot them.

If you are worried about what information about you is available online and how to keep yourself off the web entirely, here are 7 ways to protect your data and delete yourself online.

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