Yellow Pages and Whitepages Are Back
Telephone directories are now online with more detail than ever before
Many of us simply didn’t notice when big and bulky phone books disappeared from our lives. Some of us were happy that these outdated, tree devouring things would never come back in fashion. However, 4G-LTE and broadband internet has brought to life something even more powerful than the phone book could ever be – online directories.
Online directories list your personal information for free, or charge people a fee to do a more detailed search. You may have used one of these websites before to check up on someone else, but have you ever considered your personal information may be up there too? A few of these websites have been around so long that someone is definitely buying what they’re selling, otherwise they would have gone out of business. If you were ever listed in a phone book, and chances are that you were, then you’re probably listed somewhere online.
Yellow pages and Whitepages
When phone books were still around, people called them yellow pages because of their distinct yellow paper. There were many different brands and companies, but they all basically compiled personal information and printed it off next to hundreds of paid-for ads. Companies like these looked through public records, newspapers, and cold-called people directly to ask them if they wanted to update their information. Any personal information that could be published for a profit was sent to print.
Eventually, people got tired of being hassled for private information and found their phone books to be inefficient anyway. But crafty businesses have a way of surviving through the times. It’s not really a surprise that this kind of text and image-based industry would easily transition to the digital sphere. Although phone book companies bled money trying to keep their worthless stacks of paper circulating, they eventually called it quits and moved everything online. This is where we are in 2018. Your personal information can easily be listed online and retrieved instantaneously. Wiperts stops this from happening to you. Protect your personal life and remove yourself from online search results.
Whitepages is an online website that finds personal information like addresses, mobile phone numbers, relatives, and many more things. It’s one of the biggest data brokers out there operating in plain view. Whitepages was established in 1997 and its database includes comprehensive contact information for over 275 million people. For context, that’s practically the entire U.S. population.
Powered by SmartCheck, Whitepages can also perform a comprehensive background check compiled from criminal and other records from all 50 states. Whitepages says it provides answers to over two million searches every day. If someone is asking who you are, where you live, and how to contact you, don’t let Whitepages answer that question for any price. Wiperts can help protect your personal data from being purchased online.
Your private information is worth at least a few dollars. Whitepages has been around for a while and knows the business of buying and selling personal information. To store this information online costs Whitepages practically nothing. Online businesses can run lean and mean, and often don’t suffer legal consequences when hacked. Criminals steal mountains of data using a laptop and get away with it. Authorities are helpless, especially when the criminal is on a remote island with satellite internet.
Delisting yourself from online searches and websites
Wiperts does the opposite of what these websites do. Instead of making your personal information known to the world, Wiperts helps you regain your privacy. People who you don’t want or don’t need to find you will have a much harder time tracking you down. Your public online profile should contain scarce details regarding how to contact you.
Listing an email address specifically meant to be displayed on many different websites is quite different than listing your personal email address and phone number for the world to see. Using a different email account that isn’t tied to social media, credit cards, and other sensitive information is a good idea because if this publicly displayed email address is hacked, abandoned, or deleted, you won’t be too disappointed.
Removing yourself from the yellow pages was hard in the past, but now removing yourself from all these various online directories is even harder. Wiperts has the expertise you need to help keep your anonymity in an era where everyone is being mined for personal data. Only family, friends, and people who want to help you succeed should be able to contact you. Criminals, data brokers, and solicitors only want to help themselves. Let Wiperts help you today.