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How to Remove Yourself from the Internet

by Kurt Knutsson

The genealogy website FamilyTreeNow.com is sharing your addresses, ages and names of your relatives.

Here’s what you need to do to remove yourself from the internet:

1) Visit http://www.FamilyTreeNow.com.

2) At bottom of home page click “Privacy”

3) Scroll to end of first section and find and click the Opt Out link.

4) Follow instructions by putting in your name, birth year and city.

5) Click details when you find your match.

6) Choose red opt out box.

The site claims your personal info will be hidden within 48 hours.  Do it now!


If the above instructions do not work, try visiting:

1) http://www.familytreenow.com/optout, click “I’m not a robot” box at bottom of page and then click “Begin Opt Out Procedure” enter in your information and once conf

2) On next page, enter in your information

3) Once you identify it is you, click “view details” button

4) Click red “Opt Out This Record” button at top of page


What bugs you the most about your private info being shared online??  Comment below!

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sam March 30, 2017 - 4:51 am

Not sure of your point on family tre article. Is the point of your article if you are a user of the software or anyone in the US? I feel like the article is missing some details.‎

Kurt Knutsson August 5, 2017 - 11:40 am

Thank you Sam. I’m not sure what you think is missing. What I can tell you is that I am a big proponent of being able to rope in my privacy whenever I think it has run beyond any reasonable path and becomes accessible to people I’d rather not have access to my details. e.g. criminals etc By removing yourself from this site, you can regain some of the ever illusive privacy we should all expect. Thank you again for reaching out.

Alliyah November 20, 2017 - 3:00 pm

When I put in my information it always says not enough information, but when I look myself up it shows my address and email including my social media handles. Are there any other websites that you recommend?

Crichton Adams December 26, 2017 - 11:19 am

Hi, Kurt!
Tried to opt out from FamilyTreeNow, and after running through the instructions and referencing your instructions as well, no “red opt out” button was found.
Do you think these guys changed their webpage to avoid losing records after you showed daylight on them?

Kurt Knutsson March 11, 2018 - 10:00 pm

Try this https://www.familytreenow.com/optout

Follow instructions. They seemed to have streamlined it.

Ernie March 9, 2018 - 6:23 am

I sent photos and received a response from google saying the photos were view by the recipient. Please tell me how to stop google and others. Scary.

Kurt Knutsson March 11, 2018 - 9:54 pm

Some privacy settings for Google Photos can be found here.
Also, you may want to turn this off too…

Turn off notifications
When you take new photos, you may get a notification to share these photos.

On your computer, open photos.google.com.
Click Menu Menuand then Settings and then Notifications
Click Suggested sharing.


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