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SCOTUS Robocall Ruling: Challenge to 1991 TCPA Averted

On Monday, July 6th, 2020, the Supreme Court upheld and strengthened a pre-existing 1991 Robocall Ruling, banning Robocalls on cell phones. The challenge to the law was made by political-consultant organizations who noted that the law contained an unconstitutional exception for government debt collection, while continuing to ban other forms of speech (e.g. like polling, […]

Best Companies and Tools to Remove Personal Information From the Internet

The internet knows far more about you than you might think. From your age and marital status to how many bathrooms your house has, a scary amount of your personal information is available to other people online. There is a simple reason why so much of your personal information is on the internet — your […]

Can You Block Your Name From Being Searched On Google?

Let’s go straight to the bad news.  It’s virtually impossible to block your name from being searched online. The better news is that you can control the results people get when they search your name on Google. With a little diligence, it’s possible to take back some element of control over your identity on the […]

How to Remove Your Phone Number From the Internet

Have you ever wondered how telemarketers get your number? Well, chances are, they probably find it online. Unfortunately, they’re not the only ones who have your number.  If your phone number is online, it’s highly likely that it has been bought and sold at least once alongside more of your personal data. It doesn’t take […]

How to Remove Your Address From the Internet: A Step-by-Step Guide

Family members, close friends, and the mailman might feature on a list of people you want to know your home address. Random internet strangers wouldn’t be on that list. There are very few good reasons why you might want to have your home address appear on the internet and a whole host of great ones […]

How to Remove Personal Information From the Internet

Uh oh, how did that end up there? You just Googled yourself, and you weren’t happy with the search results. Now you want to delete your personal information off the internet.  Setting your social media accounts to private (or, if you’re ready, deleting them altogether), getting rid of embarrassing personal blogs from 10 years ago, […]

An Updated Look at Robocall Statistics

There has been a lot in the news lately about the rapid growth and changing nature of malicious phone-scams, including both automated Robocallers as well as live phone-scammers. If you have to personally block every unwanted call, you’ve already lost, right? Between 2017 and 2019, growth in unwanted harassing calls effectively doubled, and consumer complaints […]

How to Deal with Online Shaming and Harassment

Have you spent any time at all on social media sites, in chat rooms, comment threads, discussion sites, or anywhere else that people congregate online? If so, there’s a good chance you’ve been subjected to some degree of online harassment, shaming, or cyberbullying. In this post, we’ll share some tips about how to deal with […]

The Most Useful Web Services to Optimize Your Privacy Online

There’s something to be said for fighting fire with fire, especially when you don’t have any other choice. In this case, the fire being fought is the compromising of your personal information on the internet. Of course, there’s a (sort of) surefire way to ensure that your private information isn’t tracked, collected, bought, sold, and […]

Cyberstalking: How to Avoid Being Stalked Online

Stalking is one of the most distressing, frustrating, frightening, insidious, and potentially dangerous crimes there is. Unfortunately, one of the downsides of the Age of Information is that the internet has made stalking far easier and often less risky for the stalker. People now have access to far more personal information, and far more convenient […]