Internet privacy is a hot button issue, as many people struggle to protect themselves and prevent their identities from being stolen or manipulated by predators online. Safe Shepherd is a web-based platform that markets itself as a step in the right direction, providing customized tools that anyone can use to remove unwanted personal information from the web.
One of the easiest ways for a scammer to get access to your personal information is through your social networking accounts. Connect Safe Shepherd to your Facebook or Twitter account to see how your profile looks to a stranger, or enter your personal email address to begin. Safe Shepherd will start by scanning the web for references to your identity. The platform then instructs you to enter the personal information you’d like to protect (like your name, address, or phone number) into its Identity Vault. Once this information is saved, Safe Shepherd will continue to monitor it, and you’ll receive immediate notifications when new listings with your information appear online. Review the Safety Summary that Safe Shepherd provides—listing all the places where your personal information is available online—and then run a “cleanup” to get started improving your safety score.
Although Safe Shepherd will monitor your information for free, the platform charges $13.95 per month to help cleanup your records. For this fee, you receive advanced monitoring, real-time notifications, and access to the platform’s customer service tools. Safe Shepherd will help you remove any records that violate your privacy or are deemed inaccurate, giving you a better chance of protecting your identity when doing business online.
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