Okay, all I can say really is, “wow.” This site is too much. I recently discovered this site, spokeo.com. It claims to be able to find people and information on those people. You can start a free search, but the ‘good’ results cost money to retrieve. Luckily, it does give you some info for free. Doing a simple search for me and my state, I found me, and my last address. It also listed my family, which was correct. Age would have been a few years off, and perhaps house value (but not sure). It was correct in stating I am, in fact, a male.
I did a few other searches and it is cool, but the scary part comes when you click the ‘friends’ tab on the site. It can connect to your emails (like how facebook does to find friends) and shows profiles, pages and even pictures you may have never seen before. It showed photo’s of one of my friends that I’ve never seen before. It was cool, yet scary at the same time.
So what is useful about this site and its information? Well on the good side, you can use this site to keep an eye on what information about you is out there on the internet. I was able to realize my main email address is not circling around and neither is my cell phone. But then again, who knows how outdated the information on the site is. It still showed my last address which I moved out of 4 months ago. It also can be a cool tool to find your friends profiles and pictures.
On the other end, it could be used by other people to stalk you, and try to get as much information about you as possible. As I said, you can get their age, address, number, even whether or not they are single. They could find incriminating photos and misuse them. Employers could also use this site to research about you. People can use this information to check up on someone before a date. THere are many uses.
Also, all of this knowledge is based off of the free information given on the site. The information released to you after you purchace could be a lot more. They show that they could find hobbies, age, income, house value, email address, photos, videos, social networks, etc.
So be careful, and notice what information is out there on the internet about you. The internet is NOT as private as you may think.