OneRep VS. ReputationDefender

We continue analyzing how OneRep differs from other competing services. Today's article will tell you more about Reputation Defender. The evidence collected will show you that even the pioneer in the online security industry has to improve a lot in order to stay afloat. 

As with all articles in this series, the criteria for our comparisons include:

  • How many name variations, addresses, aliases, telephone numbers, and emails are included in each search?
  • How easily it is to follow self-removal instructions (if they are provided)? 
  • Which people-search sites are included for each service?
  • Which service offers customer service and dedicated support?
  • Does the service include in-depth removal from an extended list of websites?
  • Does the service offer competitive pricing and a variety of membership options?

Your satisfaction is important to us. Our goal is to help you make the best possible decision when selecting a service to help you protect your online privacy.

Dzmitry Bukuyazau

Project Manager

Who is ReputationDefender and what do they do?

ReputationDefender is considered to be the oldest online privacy company in the industry. It was created to provide digital privacy solutions and online reputation management for both businesses and individuals. Moreover, they’ve positioned themselves as leaders and pioneers in the online privacy industry.

Which service removes more addresses, phone numbers, names and AKAs?

What’s interesting about ReputationDefender, is they offer two levels of privacy protection: Privacy PRO, aimed at personal privacy, and Executive Privacy, offering several levels of advanced protection. The table below highlights the differences between all ReputationDefender and OneRep plans. 

 OneRep
Monthly/
Annual subscription
Privacy ProExecutive PrivacyExecutive PrivacyPlus
Nameunlimited228
Covered addressesunlimited2312
Covered telephone numbersunlimited21020
Covered emails addressesunlimited21020
Alias/AKAsunlimited---

You’ll notice, virtually all of ReputationDefender’s plans have limits on what they’ll cover, while OneRep offers Unlimited protection and removal of your private data. OneRep believes customers shouldn’t have to pay a premium for an online privacy service that only offers limited protection. ReputationDefender only removes your most current online records, then pushes off the responsibility of removing any remaining entries to YOU, the paying customer. What sets OneRep apart from other online privacy companies, is we delete not only your most recent personal records, but also out-of-date information too - everything’s included, no matter what subscription plan you choose. OneRep believes in tying up loose ends, because you just never know what information can compromise your privacy or good reputation. Why take the risk?  

OneRep or ReputationDefender. Which is more affordable?

According to ReputationDefender’s mission statement, “everyone has the right to be empowered online—whether that means controlling the spread of your personal information or the way you are portrayed to others”.

Indeed. Everyone does have the right to be empowered online, but not everyone can afford ReputationDefender’s exorbitant pricing. 

OneRep believes online privacy shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg or run you into financial ruin. It’s just a common sense; yet, ReputationDefender didn’t seem to get the memo. Just look at their ridiculously exorbitant pricing structure:

  OneRepReputation
Defender
Privacy
PRO
Reputation
Defender
Executive
Privacy
Reputation
Defender
Executive
Privacy
Plus

Monthly subscription
$14.95 $9.95-
-
Annual Subscription $99.95$99.00$1.000
$5.000

OneRep vs. ReputationDefender - How many websites are included for each service?

It’s essential for customers to know exactly what sort of information is covered and removed by their online privacy provider. Equally important, is knowing the exact number of people-search sites covered by the service you choose; do they cover just the most prolific sites, or are less known sites included as well? Some people-search sites are very well-known, conducting millions of background reports each year, while others are less prominent, but still pose a serious threat.

To learn the truth, OneRep contacted ReputationDefender via anonymous live chat and asked them to provide examples of the websites they cover. Not surprisingly, ReputationDefender refused to provide this information via chat and suggested we call them instead. They made it seem as if this information was strictly confidential, and even a paying customer didn’t have the right to know what it was. Why? Shouldn’t you know what you’re paying for?

Alright, we decided to play their little game and called ReputationDefender directly. With some persistence, we were finally able to pry a little information from them and learned that Privacy PRO members get automatic removal from a mere 7 websites, which include, Spokeo, BeenVerified and PeopleFinder, the most common data brokers. 

Furthermore, we went an extra mile and purchased 1 month subscription to see how the service works. We also wanted to check how user friendly the dashboard is. Have a look at the screenshot below.

ReputationDefender asked to provide some personal data based on which they were able to find only 5 websites. However they didn't specify what websites in particular. Again the subscription costs $9.95. For comparison, we managed to find 24 websites about the same individual. And you know exactly where your data was removed from and when.

Still, it is not clear what is the purpose of these colorful circles located in the right part of the screenshot. The text near them doesn't provide any useful information. It seems like ReputationDefender is simply trying to give relevance to their job, making you believe that for $9.95 they do a lot. In fact, they don't. 

But there is one small issue. Once you've paid for Privacy PRO you get an access to your personal dashboard. One of the pages in the dashboard is called "Additional Protection". Have a look at the screenshot of the page. 

So, according to ReputationDefender they "want to give you additional information you can use to further protect your privacy, free of charge". 

At first, we thought they provide at least some opt-out instructions or even do removal by themselves. We've never been so wrong...

After you click on the orange button "Begin Opt-Out" you are simply redirected to the opt-out page of these websites and proceed the removal process by yourself. Nevertheless, ReputationDefender focuses on the fact that it helps you and does it for free. In fact, it does nothing in this particular case. 

Meanwhile, Executive Privacy Plans, which start at $1,000, offer advanced protection and delete profiles from more than 50 people-search websites. However, when we asked for details about the 50 sites included, ReputationDefender again refused to offer any specifics. So in effect, you’re paying a hefty premium and just have to go on blind faith. Does that sound fair to you?

OneRep believes our customers have the right to know what they’re paying for. We remove your personal data from over 65 people-search sites, and you can find a complete list of all of them on our F.A.Q. page. We didn’t just compile a list of the most common websites that expose your records, but went the extra mile and expanded our search to include a host of secondary websites in order to offer you the most comprehensive protection possible. But we don’t stop there. OneRep encourages customers to send us links for any website that’s not on our list, and we’ll handle those removals under your current subscription plan, with no additional fees.

Our team members strive to do their very best for you, and will remove all online records that threaten to compromise your personal life and privacy. ReputationDefender offers similar protection, but only for their Executive Privacy Plus and Executive Privacy Premium customers, which cost $5,000 and $10,000 annually.

Customer Support

ReputationDefender provides support via live chat, email and phone. To test the quality of their customer service, OneRep contacted ReputationDefender’s support team several times via live chat and received identical scripted responses each time. Then we contacted them via email on 3 separate occasions, asking completely different questions each time, and again, we received 3 identical email responses from their support representatives. Did they even read our emails? It’s as if ReputationDefender’s support team has been coached to send the same scripted replies no matter what the customer asks. They don’t care about listening to your needs, all they want is your money.

OneRep believes personal privacy is a serious matter, and we don’t play games with our customer’s lives. We never send scripted responses. OneRep respects our customers enough to offer personal, one-on-one support, that meets all of our customer’s unique needs. 

If you ever have technical problems or questions about our service, OneRep’s Privacy Experts are ready to provide quality assistance.

OneRep offers free phone, email and chat consultations - we’re here for you whenever you need us. Just leave us a message and phone number, and we guarantee you’ll receive a callback within a few hours; often immediately.

Can I remove my personal records myself?

In short, Yes. But if you dig deeper, you’ll realize it can be a very daunting and time-consuming process that will test your sanity and patience. Even if you don’t subscribe to our service, you have the right to contact the various people-search sites directly and request the removal of your personal data. Your private records are your own and don’t belong in the public domain. It’s just flat wrong. Some online privacy companies offer limited self-opt-out instructions, others offer no instructions at all. But what about OneRep and ReputationDefender?

OneRep offers FREE self-opt-out instructions for more than one hundred websites. Our comprehensive instructions are quite detailed and include screenshots to help you navigate the opt-out process for the most popular people search websites. 

By contrast, ReputationDefender doesn’t provide opt-out instructions of any kind.

Let’s sum up!

  OneRep Privacy
PRO
Executive
Privacy
Executive
PrivacyPlus
Monthly Plan
instructions
$14.95$9.95 - -
Annual plan (for one person)$99.95 $99.00 $1.000$5.000
Number of covered websites 65+7+50+50+
Covered emailsunlimited21020
Covered namesunlimited228
Covered addressesunlimited2312
Covered AKA’s/aliasunlimited---
Custom removal requests,
when possible
Yes--Yes
Google dead link requestsYes---
Does the service provides
with self-removal
Yes---

Your Time is Valuable. Let Us Help You.

OneRep takes your online privacy seriously, and we’re committed to helping you and your family maintain a safe online experience. 

OneRep VS. DeleteMe

You have many choices when selecting a service to secure your online privacy. To help you make an informed decision, we continue our in-depth analysis of competing services to see how they measure up against OneRep.com. So without further ado, let’s begin our OneRep vs. DeleteMe comparison.

As with all articles in this series, the criteria for our comparisons include:

  • How many name variations, addresses, aliases, telephone numbers, and emails are included in each search?
  • Are easy to follow self-removal instructions provided? 
  • Which people-search sites are included for each service?
  • Which service offers customer service and dedicated support?
  • Does the service include in-depth removal from an extended list of websites?
  • Does the service offer competitive pricing and a variety of membership options?

Your satisfaction is important to us. Our goal is to help you make the best possible decision when selecting the right service to protect your online privacy.

Mary Scotorenko

Editor of OneRep Blog

Who is DeleteMe and what do they do?

DeleteMe is owned by Abine, an online privacy company that removes your private information from the most common data collection sites. What data does DeleteMe remove? Personal contact info, phone numbers, email addresses, and other miscellaneous data.

Which service removes more addresses, phone numbers, names and AKAs?

At OneRep, we believe in going the extra mile. Your online privacy is of the utmost importance to us, and there’s no such thing as insignificant personal records. Some of our competitors only remove your most recent personal records, but we believe even old, out-of-date records can have a negative impact on your future job prospects and personal relationships.

OneRep doesn’t cut corners or leave the job unfinished. Everything is important, everything matters, and exposed information has the potential to make you and your family vulnerable. That is why OneRep removes ALL your addresses, telephone numbers, emails, and private information - period. We believe your privacy is your own. DeleteMe understands this too, and removes an unlimited number of personal addresses, phone numbers and emails from the 25 people-search websites included in their service.

Does DeleteMe remove my personal info from all people-search websites?

Unfortunately, the answer is “No”. DeleteMe only removes your data from the 25 most common people search websites. By contrast, OneRep digs deeper, routinely finding upwards of 35-45 data records for any given person - and we remove them all, completely restoring your online privacy. That’s far more efficient than just focusing on the 25 most common sites covered by DeleteMe!

OneRep websites searched: (as of June 2017)

  • 411locate.com
  • Acxiom.com
  • Addresses.com
  • Advancedbackgroundchecks.com
  • Advanced-people-search.com
  • Backgroundcheckgateway.com
  • Backgroundfinder.com
  • BeenVerified.com
  • Corporationwiki.com
  • Emailtracer.com
  • Freepeopledirectory.com
  • IDtrue.com
  • Inforegistry.com
  • Instantcheckmate.com
  • Instantpeoplefinder.com
  • Intelius.com
  • LexisNexisGroup.com
  • Myyp.com
  • Nuwber.com
  • Open-public-records.com
  • PeekYou.com
  • PeopleFinders.com
  • Peoplelookup.com
  • Peoplesmart.com
  • People-finders.ws
  • People.yellowbook.com
  • Persopo.com
  • Phonebook.com
  • Phonebooks.com
  • Phonedetective.com
  • Privateeye.com
  • Publicrecords360.com
  • Publicrecordsnow.com
  • Radaris.com
  • Spoke.com
  • Spokeo.com
  • Spyfly.com
  • Toppeoplefinder.com
  • Toppeoplesearch.com
  • Truthfinder.com
  • Usa-people-search.com
  • Usidentify.com
  • Ussearch.com
  • Veromi.net
  • White-pages.phonebook.com
  • Yatedo.com
  • Zabasearch.com

DeleteMe websites searched: (as of June 2017)

  • Addresses.com
  • Anywho.com
  • Archives.com
  • BeenVerified.com
  • DexKnows.com
  • EmailFinder.com
  • FreePhoneTracer.com
  • Intelius.com
  • LookUpAnyone.com
  • PeekYou.com
  • Peoplefinders.com
  • PeopleLookup.com
  • PeopleSmart.com
  • Phonebook.com
  • PrivateEye.com
  • PublicRecords.com
  • PublicRecordsNow.com
  • Spock.com
  • Spokeo.com
  • ThePublicRecords.com
  • TopPeopleFinder.com
  • USA-People-search.com
  • USSearch.com
  • Yasni.com
  • ZabaSearch.com

*Information quoted from DeleteMe F.A.Q., June 2017.

The table above lists the most common websites covered by OneRep, but we also expand our search to a host of secondary websites that aren’t listed here. As you see, our resources are far more comprehensive than DeleteMe. But we don’t stop there. Everyday, our developers find new people-search websites and add them to our list for automatic removal, as a result, the number of OneRep covered websites is growing all the time.

Believe it or not, 90% of the entire world’s data has been generated just in the last two years! Just imagine how things will evolve in the next 5-10 years. Hence why the mere 25 websites covered by DeleteMe’s service pales in comparison to OneRep’s comprehensive dedication to protecting your online privacy.

OneRep or DeleteMe - Which service is more affordable?

The online privacy industry is relatively new and there are only a handful of companies that work with people-search websites to remove publicly available records. However, some online privacy companies overcharge for their services, making them less affordable, and creating monopoly due to the lack of competition.

Unlike OneRep, DeleteMe doesn’t offer monthly subscriptions, which means you’ll pay $129 annually, per person, to have your records removed from just 25 websites. OneRep believes this scenario doesn’t offer the customer the best bang for their buck. What if your records aren’t even listed on half of websites DeleteMe covers? In that case, you’ll have just thrown away your money for nothing, and your private information will still be exposed elsewhere online.

Let’s take a look at the membership options provided by OneRep and Delete.me

Subscription Options OneRep DeleteMe
Monthly Plan
$14.95-
Annual Plan (per person)$99.95$129
2 Year Pan (per person)$199.90$209
Annual Plan (two people)$199.90
$229
2 Year Plan (two people)$399.80$349

*Information quoted from DeleteMe Subscription Pricing & Plans., June 2017.

The advantage OneRep has over DeleteMe, is you can subscribe to a monthly plan just to test things out and see if it works for you. Rest assured, you can always cancel your membership at any time so there’s little to no risk. And if you decide our service is worthwhile, you can always upgrade to an annual subscription and save money in the long run.

Customer Support

DeleteMe provides support through live chat and email. OneRep provides free phone, email and chat consultations - we’re here for you whenever you need us. Just leave us a message and telephone number, and we guarantee you’ll receive a callback within a few hours, often immediately. We’re here for you and ready to offer expert assistance for all your privacy-related issues.

Can I remove my personal records myself?

In short, Yes. You always have the right to contact the various people search sites directly and request the removal of your data, even if you don’t subscribe to any of our services. Your private records are your own and don’t belong in the public domain. It’s just flat wrong. Some online privacy companies offer limited opt-out instructions, others offer no instructions at all. But what about OneRep and DeleteMe?

OneRep offers FREE opt-out instructions for more than a hundred websites. Our instructions are quite detailed and include screenshots to help you navigate the opt-out process for the most popular people search websites. 

By contrast, DeleteMe doesn’t provide opt-out instructions of any kind. They do have a blog, and occasionally post articles about people-search websites and data brokers which includes limited information on how to remove your personal records. However, the information offered lacks structure and you’ll still have to do plenty of digging to find all the info you’ll need.

OneRep values your privacy, that’s why we offer free do-it-yourself instructions that are easy to follow, gathered all in one place, and in alphabetical order. But fair warning, contacting each of the individual people-search sites yourself can be very time consuming, especially if you’ve never done it before.

Sample of OneRep’s Free Opt-Out Instructions

As you may imagine, there’s a lot of removal instructions already on the web, all one need to do is Google them, however, most of the instructions are out-of-date and incomplete. In the article 10 Life Hacks That Help Remove Private Data From the Internet we provide examples of such removal instructions. Most of them were created in 2010-2013, meanwhile, most of them have updated their privacy policies several times, while the online instructions have not been updated to reflect these policy changes.

On top of that, new people-search websites are popping up all the time, creating more confusion for unsuspecting internet users. Luckily, OneRep’s team of professionals are here to help. We do our best identify new websites and add their specific removal instructions to our growing list.

Let’s sum things up!

Subscription OptionsOneRepDeleteMe
Monthly Plan $14.95 -
Annual Plan (per person)$99.95
$129
2 Year Pan (per person)$199$209
Annual Plan (two people)$199$229
2 Year Plan (two people)$399$349
Number of covered websites
65+25
Covered emailsunlimitedunlimited
Covered namesunlimitedunlimited
Covered addressesunlimitedunlimited
Covered AKA’s/aliasunlimitedunlimited

Your time is valuable. We’re Here to Help.

OneRep offers its members a continuous monitoring and automated removal of their private information. We’re very good at what we do and look forward to serving you.

OneRep VS. Safe Shepherd

Selecting the right service to maintain your online privacy is no small thing. In our ongoing effort to help you make an informed decision, we offer a comparison between OneRep and Safe Shepherd. For your convenience, we have analyzed both services using the following criteria:

  • How many name variations, addresses, aliases, telephone numbers, and emails are included in each search?
  • Are easy to follow self-removal instructions provided?  
  • Which people-search sites are included for each service?
  • Which service offers customer service and dedicated support?
  • Does the service include in-depth removal from an extended list of websites?
  • Does the service offer competitive pricing and a variety of membership options?

We are committed to helping you make the right decision for your privacy needs.

Mary Scotorenko

Editor of OneRep Blog

Which service removes more addresses, phone numbers, names and AKAs?

Whether you’ve moved around a lot, or lived at the same address for many years, a simple Google search can reveal your past and current addresses listed on multiple websites. There’s many reasons why you may not this information exposed online, especially your telephone number.  For one, it makes you an easy target for unwanted solicitors. Or perhaps you have a former alias you no longer want made public. Either way, it’s best to remove all of your personal contact information ASAP and reclaim your right to privacy.   

How does OneRep and Safe Shepheard measure up? Let’s see what each company has to offer:

 OneRepSafe Shepherd
Covered namesunlimited1
Covered addressesunlimited
4
Covered telephone numbersunlimited3
Covered email addressesunlimited3
Covered alias/AKAsunlimited1

*Information on Safe Shepherd's Service details were found on Safe Shepherd Private Dashboard, May 2017.

OneRep will remove ALL previous and current addresses, ALL variations of your first and last names, and ALL of your email addresses and phone numbers.  Even old information that seemingly has nothing to do with you anymore can make you vulnerable and affect your safety and reputation. Hence why it’s imperative to reclaim and maintain control of your personal data.

OneRep removes everything while Safe Shepherd partially

We have to dig through all pages on Safe Shepherd website in an attempt to find information from which websites Safe Shepherd actually removes data from but we weren’t very successful so far. The only thing we managed to find was only this vague excerpt : “...we can’t remove it all, but we can remove a lot”. Really? Well, thanks for clearing that up, Safe Shepheard.  

With some due diligence, a little more digging revealed another page that said they’ll remove your personal data from “dozens of websites”, yet offered no specifics as to which sites they’re talking about. So in effect, you literally have no idea what you’re paying for

“If a website doesn’t allow us to automatically remove your information, we’ll provide straightforward instructions for how to handle the exposure”. - Safe Shepherd F.A.Q.

So you’ve paid for the service and have to remove private information by yourself, seriously? Let's assume they remove automatically from the most popular sites like Spokeo, Beenverified, Nuwber but these websites do not require sending faxes, speaking with representatives of people-search websites.

The screenshots below were taken from Safe Shepherd’s dashboard and show they found an individual’s record on Epsilon, a people-search website. However, instead of removing these records on your behalf, they offer instructions on how the customer request an opt-out from Epsilon directly. This is highly suspect, not to mention lazy, because Safe Shepherd already offers the exact same instructions in their free Privacy Handbook.  So the question remains: what exactly are you paying for?¯\_(ツ)_/¯

At OneRep you will receive highly qualified assistance and guaranteed removal from 65 websites. That includes removal from Spokeo, People Finders, Nuwber, Instant CheckMate, Zaba Search and much more. If the algorithm is not able to remove records automatically our team will manually handle it by speaking to representatives of the websites on your behalf, sending faxes, passing through all opt out stages. In addition to this, you can provide links to the websites that are not in the list of sites OneRep normally removes from and the team will do its best to delete your records from that websites as well. No extra fees, everything is already included in the price of subscription.

At OneRep, we believe our customers should be 100% protected at all times. Unlike Safe Shepherd, we don’t cut corners or push responsibility onto you. The buck stops here.

Which one is more affordable?

OneRep believes value matters, while others feel there’s a connection between price and quality; in other words, you get what you pay for. In reality, the truth falls somewhere in between.  

Take a look at this chart comparing OneRep and Safe Shepherd’s membership plans and pricing.

 OneRepSafe Shepherd
Monthly Plan$14.95$13.95
Annual Plan$99.95$95.00

*Information on Safe Shepherd's Service details were found on Safe Shepherd F.A.Q., May 2017.

As you see, the difference in cost is negligible. Safe Shepherd’s Monthly and Annual subscriptions offer a savings of $1 and $4.95 respectively, compared to OneRep’s pricing. One good thing, is Safe Shepherd offers a 10 day free trial so you can test their service, however we’d like to point out this excerpt from Safe Shepherd’s F.A.Q:

“Services also include 1:1 phone consultations that do come at an extra fee of $24.95. However, services also include having the luxury to email us for consultations as well, for NO fee”.

We find this phrasing disconcerting “The Luxury To Email Us”. Huh? In other words, Safe Shepherd believes they’re doing you a favor by reading your emails, all for the privilege of giving them your money.  On top of that, they want an exorbitant fee of $24.95 for phone consultations in addition to their subscription rates. So if you ever have an urgent question or need a consultation, you have to pay extra out of pocket. No thanks, Safe Shepherd!

By comparison, OneRep provides free phone, email and chat consultations whenever you need them. Just leave your number and you’ll receive a guaranteed callback within a few hours, often immediately. We’re always ready to provide expert assistance for all your privacy-related issues.

Can I remove my personal records myself?

Both Safe Shepherd and OneRep offer free opt-out instructions. In this case, you don’t pay for the subscription and complete removal process by yourself.

Safe Shepherd made the Internet Privacy Handbook and everyone can use it for free. There are quite a lot of instructions, however most of them are not comprehensive and difficult to follow as screenshots are not attached to them.

Let's see how one removal instruction looks like on OneRep and Safe Shepherd. As an example we took Beenverified.com, one of the most popular people-search website. 

Opt-Out Instruction on OneRep

           Opt-Out Instruction on Safe Shepherd

Click here to learn more how our free opt-out instructions can help you to regain online privacy.

All removal instructions at one place.

Discover how to opt out of Whitepages, Spokeo, Intelius, and 100+ people search websites and data brokers.

Let's Sum Up!

 OneRepSafe Shepherd
Monthly Plan$14.95$13.95
Annual Plan$99.95$95.00
Number of covered websites65+“Dozens”
Your participation in the removal processOneRep team does everything for you.If they cannot remove automatically your records, you have to do it by yourself.
Covered emailsunlimited3
Covered namesunlimited1
Covered addressesunlimited4
Covered AKA’s/aliasunlimited1
Customer CareFree consultations (via phone, email, chat)Phone consultation for an extra fee of $24.95, via email.
Google dead link requestsYesNot mentioned
Does the service provides with self-removal instructionsYes (screenshots + detailed step-by-step instructions).Opt-out instructions without screenshots.

Your Time is Valuable. Let Us Help You.

OneRep offers its members a continuous monitoring and automated removal of their private information. We’re very good at what we do and look forward to serving you

Remove Yourself from the Internet with OneRep Opt-Out Instructions

For sure you’ve faced the following situation: you googled your name, found your private records on dozens weird sites. “How to protect myself and remove records from countless people-search sites asap?” — is a very popular request. OneRep found a solution that would save your time.

If you have ever encountered people-search websites you probably noticed that they have different privacy policies and removal rules. Seems like they have conspired together against us by creating increasingly sophisticated opt-out forms and removal conditions. If you need to remove your data from 1-2 websites that’s fine, not a big deal, but what if your private records are placed on 30 websites?

Besides, websites are striving to improve their interfaces all the time and change removal rules. That brings to the point that it’s incredibly difficult to keep all removal instructions in head or search for them on multiple sites.

Which begs the logical question: what do to? How to protect myself? There are a few answers:

  • Visit websites where your data is exposed and write down opt out instructions. But as we all know this is not very productive way of spending free time.
  • Use step-by-step OneRep Opt Out Instructions.
Mary Scotorenko

Editor of OneRep Blog

We aggregated opt out instructions from major people-search sites for your convenience and they are being constantly updated. And what is more, you don’t have to waste your time searching for them. We made screenshots because visual support makes it easier to follow the instructions.

The necessity to collect all opt out instructions at one place became tangible as our Support Team had to remove hundreds of personal records every day. That was before OneRep removal system became automatic. But even now it is obvious that all instructions at one place speed up the removal process almost 10 times. It took us several months to collect all instructions but later on we came to the conclusion that they helped us to delete successfully tons of private data from the Internet in a short period of time. And now, as they are publicly available, they would definitely help you!

This is how pages with opt out instructions look like.

whitepages.com opt-out instruction

peoplefinders.com opt-out instruction

Of course you might think that there are a lot of opt out instructions on the Web, one has only to google them. But most of instructions are out of date. In the previous article we provided examples of such removal lists. Many of them were created in 2010-2013, while the vast majority of websites have already updated their privacy policies a few times.

It is worth to mention that new people-search websites appear all the time causing troubles to Internet users. OneRep team does its best to find such websites and add the removal instructions to the list.

 

5 reasons to use OneRep Opt-Out Instructions.

  1. All instructions are placed in the alphabetical order to make it easier to find how to remove yourself from a particular website.  
  2. User-friendly search functionality.
  3. You have an opportunity to check your private records on every single website. Sometimes it is difficult to locate a specific people-search site that posts your personal details on Google but scammers follow them. We need to be alerted. With OneRep Opt Out Instructions you have this opportunity.
  4. Screenshots are provided to the most of instructions and makes it easier to follow them.
  5. All instructions are being constantly updated.

As it was mentioned before OneRep constantly updates the instructions, but if you have noticed that something is out of date please email at mary@onerep.com.

Your Time is Valuable. Let Us Help You.

OneRep offers its members continuous monitoring and automated removal of their private information.

10 Life Hacks That Help Remove Private Data From the Internet

In our previous article we wrote about the problems a client usually faces while removing private information from the Internet. This time we asked our support managers Marina and Anthony to tell us more about useful tips to simplify and speed up the process of removing private information from the Internet.

Mary Scotorenko

Editor of OneRep Blog

#1 Use Opt-Out Templates

Save your time! First and foremost, get ready to send dozens removal requests. In most cases, you will be asked to send an email, fax, a letter or fill out the form on the website with the request to delete your information. You will have to do this over and over again, not to mention that removal requests would be of the same type. To make your life easier, create a template for opt-out requests. This hack will save your time and will prevent you from writing the same message over and over again. The opt-out template below is applicable for most data brokers and people-search websites.

Subject: Opt-out request

Dear Sir/Madam,

My name is (First, Last Names). I prepared this request to remove personally identifiable information about me. To prevent identity theft, stalker issue and physical harm, I ask you to remove:

1) The following webpage from your website:

2) The following personally identifiable information about me from your website’s database:

  • First name
  • Last name
  • Middle initial
  • Aliases & AKA's
  • Current address
  • Age
  • DOB
  • Phone number

Please, find attached a copy of the driver’s license/ID that contains personally identifiable information about me.

Thank you for respecting my privacy and honoring my choices regarding personally identifiable information. I would appreciate confirmation from you regarding this request.

Sincerely,

First and Last names
Date
Signature

#2 Stay secure while sending ID documents

People are often unaware that an opt-out email should be accompanied with a copy of driver’s license or ID. But almost in all cases it’s obligatory. Why do websites ask to attach copies of driver’s license or State ID? Simply to make sure that they are going to remove exactly your information and not somebody else’s. For security reasons you may cross out the numbers and photos on the documents.

#3 Use reminder apps

The removal time may vary. In some cases it takes just a few seconds to process your request, whereas for others you will have to wait 1-2 months. All that you can do in this situation is to be patient and check the specific website at the end of the removing period. As you probably remove your private data from many people-search websites and databases, it wouldn’t be superfluous to set reminders on your phone or laptop.

60 days

This is how much may it take to process the opt out request.

#4 Fax gets quicker response than email

Use fax. This is our professional observation. In many cases we get a faster feedback using fax rather than email. But what if you will use both? Than your chances for a quick response will double. Don’t miss any opportunity to contact the website.

#5 Contact webmaster and host

In special cases. If you’d already made opt-out request but didn’t get either positive results or any reaction than it’s time to seek help from webmasters. How to do this?

  1. Go to the website whois.
  2. Enter domain name or IP Address of the website you want to erase your information.
  3. Find contacts (Registrant/Admin Email/Phone).
  4. Write or call to the webmaster. Explain that you’ve already complied with all removal conditions and waited the right amount of time according to the privacy policy of a particular website.

If that doesn’t help, write to a host.

  1. Find the website’s IP. Find it here.
  2. Check IP’s whois, for example, here.
  3. Find contacts to write an abuse letter.

#6 Use OneRep Opt-Out Instructions

Every single website has its own opt-out policy not to mention the existence of hundreds people-search websites and data brokers. It takes time to feel perfectly comfortable in this large flow of information and know what kind of method to use to remove private data from a base. A lot of websites are striving to help people in their fight against data brokers by making lists with opt-out instructions or just providing the link to the websites’ privacy policy. Have a look at some websites that make such lists:

Pay attention that most of these lists with removal instructions were created in 2010 - 2013 which means that they are out of date.

Based on the websites above it is enough to submit form in order to be removed from a data broker base. However now you have to pass through several steps: filling out forms, sending opting out requests with attached State ID documents.

OneRep сonstantly checks all instructions in the list. We make step by step removal instructions with print screens on the vast majority of people-search websites, data brokers and always in the search of new ones. Use OneRep opt-out instructions!

All removal instructions at one place.

Discover how to opt out of Whitepages, Spokeo, Intelius, and 100+ people search websites and data brokers.

#7 Use VPN

For security reasons you may use VPN - a virtual private network. It is used to create a secure network connection over a public network such as the Internet or a private network owned by a service provider. Large corporations, educational institutions, and government agencies use VPN technology to enable remote users to securely connect to a private network. It is a good way to secure your IP address and it also avoids a limit on automated privacy requests. For examples, some people-search websites (spokeo.com) impose a page limit, which means that you wouldn’t be able to remove all personal records about yourself, friends and family members.

The easiest and the shortest way to install VPN is the following:

  1. Open Opera browser.
  2. Click on Settings.

    3. Type “VPN” in an empty field and then click on “Enable VPN”

After you’ve installed VPN, continue the removal process from people-search sites. OneRep Opt Out Instructions would help you in that.

#8 Be nice

Yes! Simply as that. We realise that you may feel depressed or even angry. Try to calm down. Unfortunately there is no law prohibiting to collect and spread online personal data. In other words they are not obliged to remove public records. BUT! We are all human beings. Ordinary people are sitting on the other side of the computer screen. Always remember that and send your opt-out requests showing respect. And you will be surprised how attentively they will be considered. And always remember: aggression generates aggression.

So be nice 🙂

#9 Remove outdated content from Google and Bing

If a people-search website has removed your profile but the link still shows up in Google search results — don’t panic!

That means that Google hasn’t reindexed its search engine yet. The link will naturally disappear in 1-2 weeks.

To remove a dead link from Google search engine:

  1. Open the Google Removal Tool.
  2. Just enter the URL (http://example.com) you want to remove.
  3. Wait 1-2 business days. The link will be removed.

To remove a dead link from Bing search engine:

  1. Go to bing.com and sign in with your Microsoft account (formerly known as Windows Live ID).
  2. In the Content URL input box, enter the exact URL you found in the Bing web results (for example, by using Copy Shortcut/Copy Link Address functionality in your browser).
  3. In the Removal Type drop-down menu select Page Removal.
  4. Click Submit.

Unfortunately, there is no similar tool on Yahoo. If you need to remove a dead link from Yahoo search engine make sure that a non-Yahoo website has removed your personal records and wait until Yahoo updates its content refresh cycle (up to 6-8 weeks). Until then you’ll see the result in question in Yahoo Search results.

#10 Use the removal service

Nothing could be easier and nothing will save your time and nerves as much. This is the main goal of OneRep! The system automatically scans people-search websites and databases including spokeo, beenverified, instantcheckmate, intelius, peekyou, zabasearch., find exposed private information about a person (address, cell phone, DOB, e-mails, age and etс.), and removes personal data from these websites.

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Why It’s Difficult to Remove Private Information About Yourself from the Internet

If you’ve ever tried to remove private details about yourself online, then it quickly became apparent that there’s many obstacles blocking your path to true online privacy. The average consumer is completely unaware of the countless ways their private information is being used and shared. The people pulling the strings behind the scenes are known as data brokers, and they have a good reason to keep your information public — it makes them money. As such, they have no motive to remove your private information from their websites.

Here’s a few examples of how data brokers and people-search sites can make it difficult for you to remove your private information.

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Project Manager

Let’s look at John Smith

John’s discovered his name, address, phone number, and other private information about himself on multiple websites. John doesn’t want this information to be public, so he checks each site’s “terms of service” to learn how to remove his data. To make matters worse, John has to repeat this process with every website violating his right to privacy.

#1 Too Many Removal Rules

John has identified various websites that are displaying his private information online, and each one has their own particular set of rules for requesting information removal. John will have to fill out countless forms, send numerous emails, and send time-consuming requests via snailmail, fax and phone calls. John also has to be prepared to receive multiple calls and text messages confirming his identity. Imagine how exhausting it will be for John to learn the steps and procedures for each and every website he’s requesting a removal from.

Every website has its own set of rules for removing private information from their database.

#2 Lots of Different Opt-Out Forms

It sounds so easy to just fill out a simple opt-out form with a few basic fields. But what if John has to repeat the process over and over again on numerous websites? And some sites intentionally complicate the process with needlessly lengthy forms and countless questions.

Here’s an example of the fun John can look forward to as he scrutinizes countless Capthca codes before submitting his opt-out forms!

Mad captcha in opt out form

#3 The Problem With Removing Duplicate Profiles

One day, John finds two near identical profiles about himself on the same website. The difference comes in John’s middle name; one profile has it, while the other does not. Another discrepancy is John’s address; one profile includes John’s previous address, while the other shows his current address.

John would like to remove both profiles from the website in question, so he checks their terms of service and finds that all he has to do is fill out a simple opt-out form. John fills out the form for the first profile in question and submits his removal request. After which, the site notifies John that his removal request will take 24-48 hours to process.

Now John tries to submit an opt-out request for the second profile in question, only this time, when he tries to submit the request, the website tells him he’s only allowed to submit one request a day.

1-2 days

the period when to request
is being handled

The website claims their anti-spam filters only allow one request a day, so John can’t get the job done in one sitting. There’s nothing left for John to do but come back to the site tomorrow and submit the request, assuming he doesn’t forget, or get busy with more important things.

John comes back the next day and repeats the action. Sometimes data brokers don’t allow him to use the same email or IP-address for removal several profiles.

Opt out limit is reached
Spokeo opt-out limit

#4 Multiple Email Confirmations

Most websites will ask John to confirm his contact information via the following methods:

  • Email confirmation, assuming it doesn’t go to his spam folder.
  • SMS text message confirmation with a link and code.
  • Phone confirmation, where John is asked to input a specific code.

#5 Snail Mail and Fax

Submitting online forms, confirming emails, and other countless other confirmation methods may not be enough. Many sites will require John to confirm his identity via fax and snail mail too. Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?

Let’s say the website in question gives John the option of submitting his opt-out request via snail mail. Does John even know what kind of information his letter should include? Are there any supporting documents required? What John doesn’t yet realize, is his snail mail request will take up to 2 months to complete! To make matters worse, incorrect requests can be rejected without notification, so John will never know if his request has been received, reviewed, processed, or even looked at by human eyes.

And rest assured, once John sends these data brokers a letter or fax with his current contact information, they will quickly add it to their databases and bombard him with a host of new junk mail and spam faxes!

#6 Paid Removals

In his quest to retain his right to privacy, John learns that many websites will only accept removal requests for a fee.

  • 411.info (from $4.95) 
  • 4addresses.net (from $5.99)
  • zattadata.com (from $5.99)
Pay to manage your listing
listing removal for $10

The fees add up fast, and John doesn’t want to pay for various removals. But he has no choice, which irritates him to no end. Can you blame him? Imagine how you’d feel. Would you want to play by those rules with the deck stacked against you? How does John know that someone is even working on his request?

#7 No Removal Option Provided

John is quite determined to remove his private information from every people-search site that’s displaying his personal information. He diligently submits his opt-out requests one by one, however, John inevitably runs into a website that offers no opt-out option whatsoever, even after he’s already pay them for a removal.

Here’s some reasons why that can happen:

  • The website provides no way to contact them.
  • No opt-out form is provided anywhere on the site.
  • The site is abandoned.
  • The site admin ignores email.

#8 The Agony of Suspense

Okay, so John burned his entire weekend on this, followed all the instructions, did everything right, and submitted his removal requests to multiple websites. Now what? Cross your fingers, then sit back and wait. Meanwhile, John’s private information remains publicly available online. How long before it’s removed? Will they ever get around to it?

#9 Your Records Are Finally Removed! …but not from Google

Success! John finally sees the fruits of his labor, and his private information has been removed from the websites in question. However, John discovers that the link to his old profiles is still active on Google and regularly comes up in their search results. The link is broken, however, the little snippet Google displays still contains some private information that John doesn’t want made public.

 

And this snippet will remain visible in every search engine’s results until, one by one, they update their links to reflect John’s removed profiles. This process can be lengthy and time consuming, meanwhile, those snippets remain visible for all to see.

Archived results can be expedited for removal with special tools, but they only work for broken links.

#10 Information Is Exposed on Countless Websites

So John’s successfully removed his profile from one website — congratulations! But if he searches his name on the myriad of sites out there, he’ll find similar information about him still exists elsewhere. Does John know all of them? Do you?

Keep in mind, Google search results may not show the actual number of sites that store your collected data. In fact, even if your name doesn’t appear in Google’s search results, it’s likely still being exposed on lesser known, poorly optimized search engines that you may not even know exist. Scammers and stalkers often know these sites, and may find John’s private information there, even if it’s been removed from Google.

An average OneRep member finds one’s personal information on
25-30 people-search sites.

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#11 Confusing Redirects

Sometimes John clicks on a Google search result expecting to go to the website listed, only to be redirected to another website entirely. It’s not a big problem, but it’s confusing to John, thus hampering his ability to control the removal process because he can’t keep track of where his private information is listed.

Some sites remove records immediately, while others will make John wait 24-48 hours. However, sometimes it can take up to 60 days or more before John’s private records are removed. In the meantime, the websites in question will offer John no feedback or status reports during this removal period.

60 days

this is how much time you need to remove your data from some websites

So John has no clue if anything’s being done, or if there’s anything further he needs to provide to complete the request. John checks each website daily, but still sees his profile displayed online. Did something go wrong with his removal request? Is there an error on the site? John soon grows impatient and decides to submit another request.

And round and round it goes, as the same story plays out over and over. Yet through it all, John receives no feedback of any kind; no notifications, no calls, no emails, no nothing.

#12 Other People’s Profiles

John’s just successfully removed his profile from a website, however, when he searches for his sibling, ex-wife, or even his neighbor, John notices his name mentioned in their profiles.

See fields “Relatives”, “Associates”, “Related with”, “Neighbors”:

Neighbors

Relatives on people search site
Relatives on people search site

Relatives

Associates on people search site

Related with

Related people on people-search site

Neighbors

Neighbors on people search site

Private information may be listed on other people’s profiles. These profiles may not even have direct connections to you.

#13 Removed Records Are Often Relisted

Frustrating as this sounds, it happens all the time. John spent hours, days, and in some cases, weeks of his valuable time submitting opt-out requests. He followed all the steps, did everything right, then patiently waited for his private records to be removed. But just as he begins to feels satisfied with the fruits of his labor, John discovers his private information has somehow found its way back online, on the exact same websites where he just had them removed.

John clearly remembers painstakingly completing numerous opt-out requests, fielding countless emails, texts, calls, and faxes to verify his identity, and fought tooth and nail to get his private records removed. He even went the extra mile and had Google’s search indexing modified. Yet somehow, all his private details are once again posted publicly online for all to see!

How could this happen? Sadly, it’s not a mistake or sorcerer’s trickery. Data brokers generally honor removal requests, but they also feed a consistent flow of new information back into their databases. And since most of these websites don’t cross reference past opt-out requests, your removed profile can reappear on the same website within days or weeks of the original removal.

So, now what? Does John have any recourse? Sure, all he has to do is repeat the whole process and try to get his records removed all over again. It’s a vicious, never ending cycle that’s sure to consume all of John’s valuable time.

In order for John to maintain his ongoing privacy indefinitely, he’ll have to keep monitoring people-search sites regularly in order to see if his private records are being relisted. To help with this, John sets up a repeating event on his calendar reminding him to recheck all these people-search sites for his name and personal information. It’s a daunting task for one person to take on alone.

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#14 A False Sense of Security

Some people-search sites deceive visitors by showing them a fake progress bar that takes 10 minutes to complete, and dupes visitors into believing a thorough search is being conducted, when in fact, not much of anything is actually happening.

Fake progress on people-search site

 

Duplicitous sites like this want people to believe there’s something special about their search engine, the algorithm indexing their database, and the comprehensiveness behind the accuracy of their searches. However, it’s all smoke and mirrors, and a cheap manipulative tactic that just wastes John’s time.

Do Google searches take 10 minutes to complete? Of course not. Just take a look at the speed of the world’s most famous search engine.

Google search speed

Google gave 4,570,000,000 results for a simple search in just 0.64 seconds! Yet the unscrupulous people-search site mentioned earlier made its visitors wait 5-10 minutes for the exact same results! Why? What took so long? Did they just pull this number out of a hat? Meanwhile, John gives away 5 minutes here, 10 minutes there, and before John knows it, he’s wasted and entire evening and got nothing done.

#15 Monitoring New Sites

How can John effectively monitor his privacy?

  • Check google.
  • Check people-search sites.
  • Diligently locate new people-search sites and check them as well.

The unpleasant surprise on this list is item 3, which is a daunting task. If John wants to maintain his right to privacy online, he’ll have to monitor the internet regularly. New people-search sites appear all the time, because there’s big money in selling John’s private information. It’s an easy business to get off the ground and continually updating his list of new people-search sites is going to consume a lot of John’s time.

It’s a good idea to dig deeper and find lesser known sites to make sure your information isn’t listed there too.

#16 Removal Process Is Endless

Needless to say, the whole removal process is very time consuming. The actual act of “submitting” a request may take up to a week, assuming you’re even aware of all the steps involved and provide all the proper supporting documents.

If you’re trying to maintain your privacy online, your first step, is to compile a list of all the websites displaying your private information, familiarize yourself with their opt out procedures and tools, and finally, apply submit a request for removal.

If you’re lucky, the removal process can be initiated online. If not, get ready for the uncertainty and painstaking wait times of a day, a week, a month, or… just keep waiting and hope for the best.

It takes forever to remove private information online.

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