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online "background checks" help?


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#1 salsabil

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Posted 20 June 2010 - 06:21 PM

Hi everyone!

I am very very worried. Someone informed me about a search engine in which if a person's first and last name is entered, their whole online "background check" can be performed. Is there a way to get rid of your personal activity online (chat history, email, etc) before someone checks up on you? I've deleted the emails and chats that i dont want anyone to see but the people who know how to perform these checks know how to retrieve these deleted items as well. What can I do to get rid of these VERY private things PERMANENTLY?

Your help will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks! :thumbsup:

Edited by Orange Blossom, 20 June 2010 - 06:25 PM.
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#2 Andrew

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Posted 20 June 2010 - 06:35 PM

There are sites that offer access to background information on people. They aren't free, and they only have access to public records. Things like your e-mail or chat logs aren't part of the public record. Things like your arrest and criminal records are public, as well as any civil court actions you've been a party to. Most certainly, these search sites DO NOT have access to things on your personal computer.

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Posted 20 June 2010 - 08:42 PM

If you use any "Social networking" sites -- like Facebook, MySpace, etc. -- you might want to educate yourself on their privacy controls and make sure they're as tight as you can get them. Even then, it might be a good idea not to post pictures of yourself being the "life of the party," engaging in acts of questionable legality, etc.




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