Is My Personal Information For Sale On The Internet?

One of the worse things that can happen to you in life is for your personal data to be stolen.

With that information somebody can ruin your financial history for the next ten years, maybe more.

This is one of the most destructive results of most of the malware that is out there right now.

Back in the day, most malware that would come onto your computer would try to disrupt your system from operating correctly.

Now it seems that ninety percent of the malware out there is trying to find some way to take your personal data away from you.

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Whether it is putting a keylogger onto your system, or directing you to web sites that will phish your information from you, all of this is done because having someone’s information to be able to manipulate is very valuable in the black market.

There are ways to find out if your information is on sale on different web sites.

You might want to go through a couple of these steps and check for yourself.

Google Is Your Friend

With this process, Google is really your friend.

Google tries their best to index everything on the web but, in proportion to the actual size of the web, they still have a lot that is missing.

Luckily for you, a lot of the places that you will find your information being sold at is still able to be indexed by Google or some other search engine out there.

There are certain Google tricks that will allow you to search for a certain phrase that will go directly to the keyword that you are searching for.

I will use this to help you find out if your information is missing or not.

Most of the tricks that will work for Google will for other search engines as well.

The first thing that you are going to look for is to see where your name is at on the internet.

You are going to have to shift through a lot of information to make sure that they are talking about you so to do a search on your name, use “your name here”.

Whatever you type in to those quotation marks will be the exact thing that the search engine looks up.

Try two searches, one with your middle name and one without.

You want to go deep in the search engine results and not just stop at the first three pages.

Now that you see the results of your name it is time to try another search; this time it will be your address.

So put your address in quotation marks just like you did your name and try to search for it.

The first thing that you will run into is of course the White Pages aka The Phonebook listings.

You may get some Google Maps results as well.

What you are looking for is your address being posted to a forum of some type.

After you do the search for your address, now you want to try the last eight digits of your credit card number.

You will get a lot results so you only want to click on the web site depending on the topic of it.

Most of the numbers that you will see are random and not your credit card number.

Numbers, no matter how random, are found all over the internet so it will take too long for you to search all of the sites that pop up with your number.

If you trust Google enough then you can type your whole credit card number and try that as well.

This is a quick way that you can use Google to see how your information is being spread around the internet.

Remember, if you find something suspicious, call the authorities so they can take some kind of action before the data thieves do.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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