Even though I'm all over social media, personally and professionally, there are certain things I keep private. My family for one. My addresses for very much another. I don't want random people knowing where I live. So I was shocked to learn that my info plastered all over a website that I've never even heard of. And yours probably is too.

It's a website called, innocently enough, FamilyTreeNow. It presents itself harmlessly as a site not unlike Ancestry.com, which actually is quite trustworthy. But this site, somehow, has my name, age and birth year. Not quite a big deal. But it also has the names of my immediate family and their ages. And then it has just about every address I've lived at for the past 13 and a half years, all the way back to my dorm room in college. That's some serious stalker level stuff right there.

I want to thank the guys at one of our cousin stations in Idaho for pointing this out to me and us, and I feel it's only proper to pass this on to you. And I will copy their instructions for how to opt-out and have your information removed. It takes up to 48 for the info to be removed. I just submitted mine.

Opt out:

  1. Find yourself on the website
  2. Go all the way down to privacy at the bottom of the page and click on the link
  3. Scroll about 1/3 of the way down that page until you see a blue hyperlink that says "opt out here".**
  4. Search your information, once you find it click view details and then the next page will have a red button that says something like opt out here

**I had a tough time finding the opt-out link, so I hit "Ctrl + F"

Make sure you pass this on to everyone you care about.