How to Remove Personal Information From ZabaSearch

Opt out your information to delete your personal data

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Anyone can use ZabaSearch to find personal information on other people, but what if the information is incorrect and you want to delete it? Or, maybe you want to remove your data from ZabaSearch to stop strangers from using it to see your personal information.

If you want to opt out of having your information stored on ZabaSearch, you can remove your details by following the directions below.

How to Opt Out of ZabaSearch

ZabaSearch requires a fax from you that confirms your identity and address. The fax can be of your state issued ID card or driver's license. Just send it to 425-974-6194.

If you're sending your driver's license, cross out the photo and driver's license number; all they need is your name, address, and date of birth.

It might take upwards of six weeks to complete and for your information to be hidden from ZabaSearch.

Something else you should do to remove your personal information from ZabaSearch is to opt out your information from Intelius, too, which a similar website that ZabaSearch actually gets most of its information from.

A fax is required, so you can't do this over email or the phone. If a fax machine isn't something you have access to, consider a free online fax services or an app that can send faxes.

There are lots of other websites that one can use as a people search tool, some of which might include your personal information even if you erase it all from ZabaSearch. Learn how to remove your personal information from the internet for directions on deleting your data from similar sites.

Your Information Might Resurface

ZabaSearch has this to say about opting out your personal information:

...any time your identifying information appears in a public record in a manner which is different from the record you opted out, it will again appear in our system.

As an example, let's say you opted out once already under the name Mary Smith, but you've since gotten married and changed your name to Mary Jones.

In this case, any new information that ZabaSearch finds on Mary Jones will be included in their database. This means that if you want that information gone, too, you have to fax your new information to them to prove your identity.

Keep in mind, however, that this information might still remain in search engine caches or web archives.

Tips on Securing Your Personal Information

Deleting your personal details from ZabaSearch doesn't immediately mean that your information is safe from public access. In fact, there are probably lots of other places that have details about you, whether that's your name and home address or your workplace, phone number, email address, usernames, relatives, etc.

This is because the information gathered at ZabaSearch is simply a matter of public record. They aren't compiling anything on anyone that isn't already out there online.

Unfortunately, there's only so much you can do to keep your information private, and some things will always be a part of public record (e.g., most court records are publicly searchable).

That being said, you can still do quite a bit to keep your information out of ZabaSearch and other public information databases:

Watch What You Post Online

This one is important. Since people finders like ZabaSearch use public information to create their profiles, controlling what you release to the public is your first line of defense.

For example, if you post your email address along with your name on a social media account, a website like ZabaSearch can crawl that information and put the two together to start a database around your personal life. Without those details, it'll be much harder for a website to know personal things about you.

Get a P.O. Box

You can remove your private address from public view by getting a P.O. box for bills. This is one of the easiest (and cheapest) ways to get your information out of sight.

Use the USPS Post Office Locator to find a post office near you.

Get an Unlisted Number

If you already have an unlisted number, it might be a good idea to change it and take very special care to whom you give it. Phone numbers that are in public records are public access, meaning that it won't take long for someone to find it.

Read Privacy Policies

Yes, they're pretty dry, but it's a good idea to read them. Find out if the company you aim to do some kind of business with intends to sell your information — you'd be surprised how many actually do.

It'd also be wise to familiarize yourself with the policies of the services you use online and how they use your information. Google is one example of a company that tracks several things you do online.