You can usually find at least some personal information about most people online these days. Whether it’s phone numbers, email addresses, employment information, or photos, you can learn a lot about people who you would otherwise never encounter. Abine, an “online privacy company,” is a big advocate for Internet safety and cybersecurity. Its latest service is DeleteMe which, for various costs, customers can choose information about themselves they want taken offline.
DeleteMe can find – and delete – a lot of personal information. The problems with all of our information stuck online are that companies seem to know a little too much about us, we often forget about all the sites we’ve submitted personal information to, and it’s not easy to cancel accounts. DeleteMe can get rid of any accounts you want, remove searches and search results, delete photos, videos or blog posts, and help stop junk mail or unwanted phone calls.
Internet privacy and safety is definitely a big issue, and Abine is getting credit for the valuable service it provides. Based on reviews from NPR and The Wall Street Journal that take a look at cybersecurity and how easy it is to target individuals online, DeleteMe can definitely help people get certain information off the Internet. For adults, this is important especially when we shop online, have online accounts for everything from our banks to social networking profiles, or get added to various email notification lists. But for kids, it’s important to educate them early on about oversharing and online reputation management so that they (hopefully) never build up an overwhelming amount of personal information online. Online safety and reputation management start as soon as our kids open their first online account, and it’s our job to make sure kids don’t get caught up putting overly personal information online.
What do you think of this kind of service? Do you worry that your kids put too much personal information online?