The internet is such a powerful tool. It can be used for a lot of good things. Then, there are the not-so-good things. When it comes to having an online presence, the safety of you and your family should come first. The dark web is a scary place and it's out there. You wouldn't believe how easy it is to obtain all kinds of information about anyone, anytime, online.

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If you're still skeptical about how easy it is to have personal information floating around out there, visit Family Tree Now and see for yourself. Pretty creepy, huh? I searched myself and was able to see old addresses and phone numbers, even defunct social media accounts.


Photo: Canva
Photo: Canva

When this much information is available online, the world is indeed a spooky place. The good news is, there's a way out of this wicked web. Here's what to do:

  • Go to the website.
  • At the very bottom of the page, click on "Privacy".
  • On the "Privacy Policy" page, find the blue opt-out hyperlink under the "Your Rights" section.
  • On the "Opt Out of Records" page, enter your email and click the Begin Opt Out Procedure button.
  • Re-enter your information and click the Search button.
  • Click the green View Details button.
  • Click the red button that says Opt Out This Record.
  • That's it. A new page should pop up that says "Your opt-out request is being processed. Please allow up to 48 hours for your record to be removed."
When this much information is readily available online, the world is indeed a spooky place.

I went through the process myself and it only took a few minutes. I'll take that as a win. The less of my personal information that's out there, the better. How about you?

Keep your personal information protected and keep your family safe. Fortunately, Texas is a state with plenty of safe towns in which to reside. Look below to find out more.

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