Best services for removing your personal information from the Internet

Best services for removing your personal information from the Internet

New ways to protect your privacy

by Irene Park and Kurt Knutsson

In addition to the sheer number of data broker sites hocking your data, the unfortunate truth is that many of these sites keep gathering information on you both from public record and online usage even after you’ve had data removed previously.  It never stops.

While it is possible for you to go to each site and manually request your information be removed, you’d be doing this non-stop.  Unfortunately, there is no regulation when it comes to these data brokers, just because you remove your data from the web doesn’t mean the data brokers aren’t going to resell it again months from now.

While no service promises to remove all your data from the internet, these top services are great if you want to constantly monitor and automate the process of removing your information off hundreds of sites continually over a longer period of time.

I have found these to be very effective for continual removal.  The first time I tried one, everything I did not want to see about myself was gone. Then months later it bubbled back into the crevices of Google.   That’s when I learned that subscribing to removal services that constantly scour and remove private data is the way to go.

 

 

Top Choice: OneRep

 

Remove Information About Your Life From Google

OneRep is our favorite.  It has a very clean interface and you will be amazed at how much of your private information will be discovered and ultimately removed.  OneRep offers both monthly and annual plans for personal information removal.  At the time of publishing, OneRep scans 191 websites.

OneRep starts at $8.33/month for one person on their monthly plan, or $15/month for your family (up to 6 people) on their annual plan. Unlike the services mentioned below (both DeleteMe or Kanary), OneRep does offer a 5-day free trial.

To give you a sense of the work it does, take a look at this monthly email I get showing me how many instances of my personal information (“profiles”) it removed and continues to remove a good number of websites:

Onerep Monthly Report

 

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BrandYourself

BrandYourself

Starting at $49.99/month (billed annually at $299.99), BrandYourself will remove your exposed info from 35+ sites.  While this company has a steeper price than the others, they offer a la cart features for finding out if your sensitive information is on the Dark Web ($14.99/year), can improve Google Results to control what people find when they Google you ($44.99/year) and helps you clean up your social media profiles by discovering and deleting any flagged posts and images that could cost your opportunities ($14.99/year).

 

DeleteMe

deleteme

Starting at $10.75/monthly (billed annually at $129), the standard plan for one person for 1 year includes removing your information from over 30 data broker sites. In addition to receiving a detailed report in 7 days of sign-up, this annual service scans and removes personal information off websites every 3 months. If you ever find your information on a data broker site not included in your service, you can submit a removal request. DeleteMe will research whether or not it is able to remove your data off that site or not.  While DeleteMe is similar to OneRep, its annual plan is more expensive.

 

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