How to Remove Your Home Address from the Internet
For a lot of people having their home address on the internet isn’t a problem. Perhaps they have a home business or they are in the service industry. They could be a dentist, doctor, accountant, or hairdresser and their business is based out of their home. In this case people, who have businesses either inside their home or attached to their home, will want to have that information online. On the other hand, they may only give that address to specific customers and do not have their address listed as their place of business. In that case they would want to remove their home address form the Internet.
For many other people, however, like those who do not have any business association with their home address, it is a big problem to have things like a home address, cell phone number, salary information or place of business available to anyone who can get online. Most people want to have this information removed as soon as possible when they see it’s available. When they look into how to remove a home address off the internet, they often find that it’s much more difficult than it seems. Each website that is sharing this private information must be contacted. A request needs to be made to have the information removed. In some cases the company will not remove the home address using the excuse that it is public information. Other companies will remove it within a “week or two” and then simply repost the same information a month later.
It takes a good amount of persistence, searching and emailing to reach every website or post that exists with your address information. If you’re serious about getting the job done, you need to not simply search Google’s first few pages, you need to search Yahoo, Duckduckgo, Bing and any other search engine that may be relevant. To find all posts with your information check pages beyond the first few to make sure that information isn’t indexed deeper back. Each different website must be contacted with a request to remove your data, in some cases, be prepared to prove your identity with a copy of your driver’s license or other information, which might just give them more information to post months down the road. If you do send this information as proof of identity, make sure you send it via an encrypted mail service. If you send it regular mail, be sure to make it certified, return receipt requested so you know exactly who signed for a copy of your information and you know who has it.
Removing your home address from the Internet can be a lot of work to do on your own. There are data removal companies who charge a fee to do the footwork for you. Many are legitimate and offer excellent customer service. Be sure to vet companies carefully and ask questions such as “will my data be reposted?” “How do you keep data off?” and “Can you remove all instances of my home address, or at least most?” A good company will answer your questions and provide multiple services and plans.
If you have questions about removing private data from the Internet, contact the team at Wiperts.