We live in an internet world -- and it's nearly impossible to hide - but this "family tree" website may be revealing more about you than you realized.

The website is Family Tree Now.com and is touted as a resource for genealogy records for those interested in tracing their family tree. Thanks to the internet, exploring family history has become extremely popular - and has led to the proliferation of websites like Family Tree Now.

The problem with Family Tree Now is in the details it offers absolutely free to anyone who wants to access it - like the addresses of virtually every place you have ever lived, including your current location. Maybe you don't WANT your ex to know where you are -- or where you've been.

When I searched for my own personal information, I found residential information as far back as 25 years ago.

It makes it pretty easy for someone to locate you and stalk you- or worse, stalk your kids. Theoretically, this information could help a predator determine where a child lives and then figure out what school they attend, and then, who knows. You can never be TOO safe.

With identity theft running rampant, residential information certainly could be useful to someone trying to assume another's identity.

Is there anything you can do about it?

The answer is yes, and here is what you need to do to keep Google from tracking your personal information for this site.

  • Go to Family Tree Now.com
  • At the bottom of the home page, find the word "Privacy" and click on the link
  • About half way down the page there will be a blue hyperlink with the words "opt out here." Click on the link and follow the instructions
  • You will be asked to fill out some information that will help you find yourself on the site
  • When you find yourself, look for the green button that says "View Details". Then click on the red button that says "Opt Out of This Record"

While it is possible your personal information is being fed to other websites, by opting out of this one,  it's one less resource for a possible predator, stalker, or identify the thief.


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