Detect Yourself to Protect Yourself!

Sexy Woman Shocked at what she foundSo, you may have not thought of detecting yourself, but you really should. What information is out there for all to see? Do you have any ideas?

Step One: "Google" yourself. Now I know to google really isn't a verb, but by common use, it basically is. Of course don't limit yourself to Google, as Google at times can be evil* and it may have something against you. My wife had done this a long time ago and was amazed at what she found out just by typing her name. This is the same method used by almost all employers as the first step in an employee background check.

Don't get me wrong; having some information about yourself on the internet can be a good thing, especially if you are in business. What you do not want available for the entire world to see is private information. What is private information? Simply put - it is information you do not want to be made public.

Step Two: Run a credit report on yourself. It isn't hard, and most credit reporting agencies are required to give you at least one free credit report a year. What I do not suggest is to sign up at multiple free credit check sites and run your credit report many times. Things like that can actually hurt your credit rating. It will send a red flag to the credit reporting agencies that something fishy is going on. If you find incorrect information there - get it fixed!

Step Three: Check with your local law enforcement for a criminal background check on yourself and a driver's license check. (yes, they will do this) There may or may not be a small fee - usually $10 or less.

Step Four: Use an online detective service to detect yourself (shameless plug I know). You can access three of the most thorough instant background check sites from my blog: CIS (sidebar people search box), the Net Detective (top) and Intelius (sidebar text link). Do not be surprised when you find stuff on yourself there. Do not panic about what you find, a lot of information about pleased hot woman onlineyou is in "public records." What you want to do is to make sure that the information is correct. I don't mean that an old address is still listed, because that can happen depending upon which records are accessed. I am talking about incorrect information. This is the harder part - because often you cannot tell where that information originated - that is when you really need to be your own detective.

Once you have detected yourself, you can feel more confident about what information is lying around out there that can affect your life.

Most importantly - Be Safe!

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