How To Opt Out Of BeenVerified And Protect Your Information | Branding
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More and more people have started looking up the BeenVerified opt out process, and for good reason.
With very little effort, anyone can visit the site and find personal information about you.
Here’s what can be found on BeenVerified:
- Phone numbers
- Past and current addresses
- Criminal records
- Online photos
- Social media accounts
- Education & professional history
These are all things that most of us would like to keep private, but BeenVerified makes it available to anyone with an internet connection.
That’s exactly why we put this post together. It’ll help guide you through the entire BeenVerified opt out procedure, without any of the misinformation you might find on other sites.
Before we get into the step-by-step details, we want to take a second to clear up some common misconceptions that we hear about sites like this.
Is BeenVerified accessing my information illegally?
This is a common question we get about almost all people finder sites, and BeenVerified is no exception.
When going through this process it’s only natural to wonder if BeenVerified is breaking the law in any way. The whole thing feels kind of shady right?
Well as much as it might surprise you, they’re not.
All of the information you can find on the site is pulled from public records that anyone can legally access.
All they’re doing is taking this info and making it searchable on one site.
This means that if you want to opt out of BeenVerified your only option is to do it through their existing process. Going after them legally won’t get you anywhere.
How do they get your info?
The BeenVerified opt out steps are similar to most other people finder sites. The same thing goes for the way they acquire your information.
As we mentioned in the previous section, one of the ways BeenVerified finds your information is from public records.
There’s a large amount of information about any one of us that can be found through publicly accessible channels online. It’s just the world we live in right now.
BeenVerified and other people search sites scrape and search the web for more information they can add to their databases. This is done through software that allows them to automate the process and scale up their efforts quickly.
Another way that sites like BeenVerified get access to your information is directly from their competitors.
This is a very important concept to understand.
If one site has already found a bunch of info about you, why would the others start from scratch?
It’s way easier to pull it directly from that site instead of reinventing the wheel.
Here’s what this means for you:
When one people finder site (like BeenVerified) acquires your info, there’s a 100% chance it will show up on a another site as well.
This is a big problem if you’re trying to protect your personal information.
If you go through the entire BeenVerified opt out process with no issues, there are still other sites you have to opt out of as well.
What’s worse is that it’s going to be a pain just to find out what those sites are.
That’s the main reason why we launched our new feature that automatically opts you out of multiple sites at once. If you want to give it a whirl click here to get started.
Doing this manually means you have to search your name to see where your info is. Going through everything site by site gets old fast.
Unfortunately, it’s the reality you have to deal with. If you’re on BeenVerified, you’re on other sites too.
What do they do with it?
So what’s the point of a site like BeenVerified collecting your information in the first place?
The first reason they do this is to drive traffic to their site. It’s common to look up the names of people you know or want to get in contact with, and BeenVerified is a place they can do that.
Having all this data helps them earn traffic from search engines as well. Over one billion names are Googled each day, and some of the listings on BeenVerified show up in those results.
What does this traffic mean for them?
It’s simple, money.
This is why figuring out the BeenVerified opt out process is so tricky. Making it too simple costs them money.
When more people visit the site that means they make more from the membership and background check services they provide.
There are a lot of people who want to pay to access info about others.
Here’s the bottom line:
If someone wants to find out some sensitive information about you, all they have to do is swipe their credit card to make it happen.
Some Good News
This post has probably been a little on the worrying side so far.
But don’t worry, things are about to turn around.
It’s very important to remember that BeenVerified and sites like them have to allow you to opt out.
It’s a legal requirement.
This means if you want to opt out from BeenVerified there’s nothing they can do to stop you.
A lot of people don’t know this and it leads them to get frustrated or turn to other solutions that waste time and money.
Don’t let this happen to you.
Either use our software (if you want to do it quickly) or opt out manually. You have a right to remove your information from BeenVerified.
Opting Out Of BeenVerified With Our Software
As we mentioned earlier, we just released a brand new software feature that’ll opt you out of BeenVerified and 25+ similar sites automatically.
Here are some reasons why it’s useful:
- Opting out of BeenVerified manually can eat up a lot of time
- You have to make sure you went through the process correctly
- If you’re on BeenVerified, you’re on at least a few of the other sites as well
If this seems like the solution for you, follow the steps below. If you would rather opt out of BeenVerified manually, skip ahead to the next section.
Step 1: Sign in to your BrandYourself account
This new opt out feature is something we’ve added to our existing software. This means to access it you just need to log in to your BrandYourself account.
If you don’t have one yet here’s where you can sign up.
Step 2: Head over to the new section in your dashboard
The navigation section on the left side of your screen now has a new area called “protect private info.”
Click on that and move on to the next step.
Step 3: Initiate the opt out process
All you have to do is click the blue button on your screen and the opt out process will start automatically.
From here you can revisit the dashboard to monitor how things are progressing. Keep in mind that the the opt out process typically takes a few weeks for sites to comply with, so everything won’t disappear right away!
Opting Out Manually
If opting out of BeenVerified manually is what you’d prefer, you should know a few things first:
- It will take a bit more work on your end
- You’ll need to remove yourself from other sites manually as well
- Monitoring the progress of your opt out needs to happen manually as well
With that being said, here’s the manual BeenVerified opt out process:
Step 1: Visit their homepage
Head over to their site to get the process started.
Step 2: Enter your information in the search bar
This is how you can locate your listing so you can begin the opt out process.
Step 3: Identify your listing
Find the listing that most accurately represents you. In some cases there might be duplicate listings that you need to be aware of so you can submit an opt out request for those as well.
Step 4: Go to BeenVerified’s opt-out page
Enter your information on the top of the page. This might seem like a repeat step, but it’s important to find your public listing information because the information on this page is sometimes more vague.
Use the info you got from step 3 to help you find your entry and click it.
Step 5: Enter your current email address
They will need this to send you a verification email so you can complete the BeenVerified opt out procedure.
Step 6: Check your inbox
You should receive a verification email to confirm your opt out. If you don’t see it make sure to check your spam folder.
Clicking the verification link will take you to a confirmation page. If there’s more than one listing for in the database, email them back directly with the additional removal requests.
Keep An Eye Out
To be honest, it’s a tough time for someone who doesn’t want private information floating around online.
Just because you finished opting out of BeenVerified, the work isn’t over (unfortunately).
Here are some things you’ll have to spend time on:
- Tracking when your information officially gets removed from BeenVerified
- Finding the other people search websites that probably have your data
- Opting out of those sites too
Oh, and there’s always the chance that your data might end up on BeenVerified again.
These sites use software to scrape and search the web to automatically add new listings to their site.
This means if they find some new public records with slightly different information, it could slip through the cracks.
It’s not anything malicious and BeenVerified isn’t ignoring your opt out request. This just happens sometimes when dealing with total automation.
So what do you do?
Just like with the BeenVerified opt out process you have a choice.
You can either do all the searching yourself manually, or you can automate it.
If you want to go with the manual option be prepared to spend a lot of time searching yourself and submitting forms. It’s completely doable, just time consuming.
If you want to do things the easy way, click here and get started with our software.
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