Should you Worry About Reverse Cell Phone Lookup?

By: Nikola Govorko

Lately a new Google service called Google Phonebook has started plenty of debates about individual information safety. Essentially, what this service provides is a way to do a free reverse cell phone lookup on any cell phone number you wish.

So should you be worried about reverse cell phone lookup?

Well what this service does is it provides not only the name of the cell phone user but also hers or his address. In addition, if someone wants to take it even further, it can be used in conjunction with Google, Yahoo or Map Quest maps and get step by step guide right to your front door.

Fortunately, at least your e-mail address (so far) is not incorporated in these results. Services like reverse cell phone numbers open a number of new ways in which you can become the victim off an identity theft.

Nevertheless, fortunately for us, Google has enabled us with a way to defend our privacy from malevolent reverse cell phone lookup users and have an option to have your information removed. All you need to do is just fill a simple online form or send a regular mail.

You can go online here: google.com/help/pbremoval.html or just send a letter to Google at: Google Phonebook Removal, 2400 Bayshore Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043.

Other services however, do not provide you with such an easy option to protect yourself from reverse cell phone lookup. Why is that? Well the reason is believe it or not ;) money. There is a lot of money to be made in selling information, especially personal information.

Since recently the market has seen an enormous number of such services emerge I will avoid even trying to list them all.

So how to protect your information from reverse cell phone lookup?

Prevention is the key here, just avoid providing your private information except if it is really essential. Particularly avoid filling up web based forms with some type of rewards in return for your address, phone number or name. 99% of the times, the risk is just too high.

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In addition, if you are already in trouble because of reverse cell phone lookup, change your phone numbers (both cell and regular), request anywhere you can that your private information stays unlisted.

In case that you have to deal or already use service that does not want to do that, what you can do is threaten to sue them. Go even one step further and consult your lawyer, who knows make you stand a chance of making some money with a lawsuit.

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