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If I search online for my full name...

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I get no results
  889 votes / 6%
Some results from people with the same name
  4561 votes / 31%
Some results about me
  3224 votes / 22%
A little bit of both
  3690 votes / 25%
My whole life is out there
  964 votes / 6%
I get a visit from the FBI
  1017 votes / 7%
14345 total votes.
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If I search online for my full name...

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  • CV (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Capt.DrumkenBum (1173011) on Tuesday July 16, 2013 @05:29PM (#44302647)
    I found my CV online, with address, and phone number. It is from about 20 years ago. I posted it to a news group, Something or other tech jobs. Everyone did it back then. Of course the identity thieves had not found the internet yet.
    I used it as an example to my nephews showing how once something is on the internet it is there forever.
  • Patents . . . (Score:5, Interesting)

    by PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) on Tuesday July 16, 2013 @06:27PM (#44303357)

    I try to stay quite anonymous on the Internet. But the one thing that I can't avoid are the patents with my name on them. So anyone wanting to dig up some dirt on me could at least find out where I live (or lived) and who I work (or worked) for.

    So that is the one thing that prevents me from disappearing from the face of the planet.

  • Re:"Full" Name (Score:4, Interesting)

    by AK Marc (707885) on Tuesday July 16, 2013 @06:32PM (#44303433)
    I get mainly mispellings of my first or last name to find other people or businesses.

    The one I though was funny is "court-records-management.com". I have a misdemeanor conviction in Texas (a speeding ticket back before they moved to a points system). I can pay them money to have them remove their page dedicated to a (nearly) 20 year old ticket. $30 to remove it from their site, and $50 to remove it from Google. Now, anyone who googles me might find my ticket I beat 20 years ago, for horror. Yes, I beat it and was convicted. Nobody wins in front of the traffic court. So you take the conviction, appeal, then argue your case at the appeal. I won the appeal. Still is a "conviction" and shows on my record as a conviction with status "disposed".

    I didn't realize how much extortion there is out there based on names. And piles of fake social networks with names in it, ancestry sites, and all that. The WWW is 95% scam.

    Though I think I'm the only person on the planet with my first/last combo, though many with one letter different. And more with my middle/last as their first/last that show up if I use my "full" name. The results are more mine if I omit my middle.

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