Online background checking websites making personal information accessible to public
Some of your personal information such as your current and previous addresses, relatives and court records could be on display for the public.
Websites like MyLife.com and FamilyTreeNow.com are background search engines that ask for a person's full name and city and with just that small amount of information, one can find out a number of personal details about you.
"They generally get the information from publicly available data sources. City, State and sometimes Federal level," said Lancie Affonso, a computer science professor at the College of Charleston. He says the site then aggregates that information.
Information such as mailing address, date of birth, and names of relatives could come from multiple sources.
The president of the Cyber Security Club on campus says social media plays a big part in allowing your information onto these sites. She feels that the best way to prevent this from happening is to make your accounts private or to not create them at all.
There are ways to remove your information from the sites but Professor Affonso says the information could reappear on other background search websites. He feels that it is always best to be on the side of caution when using social media, and if a site asks for information that you would not share with a stranger, then do not don't put it on the internet or the web.