Cyber Crime – 6 Tips to keep Internet predators at bay

Cyber crime has become a silent, digital epidemic felt around the world yet for many of us, it doesn’t even cross our minds as we casually browse the web on a daily basis.

But it should. An infographic (see the previous post entitled ‘What You Don’t Know About Cyber Crimes – An Identity Theft Infographic’), by people search site, emphasises this more than ever.
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The hard-hitting, visual report reveals that nearly two thirds of adults globally have been a victim of some kind of cybercrime (65%).

Planted computer viruses and malware attacks are the most common types of cybercrime people suffer from; 51% of adults having felt their effect. In New Zealand, Brazil and China it’s even worse, with more than six out of 10 computers getting infected (61%, 62% and 65% respectively).

People all around the world are constantly on the receiving end of online scams, phishing attacks, hacking of social networking profiles and credit card fraud, whilst seven percent of adults have even encountered sexual predators online.

One comment on the kgbPeople blog, regarding online security, said:
“When I first began purchasing things online back in 2002, I felt extremely safe. It is sad to see how far thievery has developed to this day.”

If you’re worried about your online security, here are 6 tips on how to be a little more web-savvy, keeping those internet predators at bay:1. Sign your credit and debit cards as soon as you receive them.

2. When paying by card in any shop or store, make sure your card is always in view.

3. Destroy any physical correspondence that includes your name, address, Social Security details or account numbers; and don’t let mail sit in your mailbox for too long.

4. Save your ATM receipts or destroy them.

5. Clear browsing data, including cookies and temporary files, after making an online purchase.

6. And of course, never save or write down your passwords, keep your antivirus software up to date and only shop online at trusted sites.

Remember to protect your personal reputation online and avoid identity theft at all times.

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What You Don’t Know About Cyber Crimes – An Identity Theft Infographic

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11 Ways to Protect Your Private Information and Personal Reputation Online in 2011

By simply typing your name into any one of the thousands of search engines in existence, a complete stranger could easily discover some rather private information about you. In this well-developed age of internet-based social networking, in which the intimate details of many are widely accessible, this fact might not be alarming. But did you know that employers are now commonly scouring the web for details regarding potential new hires? And when they type in your name and find a compromising picture of you on that ‘Pimps and Hoes’ themed bar crawl from your university days, they are assuredly going to draw their own, unfavorable conclusions. As a result of such discoveries, your reputation, both online and off, can be irreparably tarnished. A picture says a thousand words? Not all of

them kind. In the business world, the continued vitality of your business or career is dependent on your good name. Are you also aware that one seemingly meager piece of private information can give criminals valuable ammunition to use against you? Securing your personal information is not simply a privacy-related issue, it is also vital to preventing identify theft.

How do you prevent these assaults to your reputation, livelihood, and personal safety via the internet? And, more to the point, how do you protect yourself if the damage has already been done and some image, comment or other bit of information has reached the masses via a social networking site, blog, website, forum, or other source? Sadly, there isno way to completely shield yourself from the many threats that exist to your personal information and reputation online, but there are valuable and proactive actions you can take to minimise this danger. Once something is on the internet, it pretty much exists there forever in some form, as search engines keep cached copies of web pages – effectively your footprint – and many sites archive them so even content that’s been removed can sometimes still be retrieved.

1. Begin by Discovering and Monitoring Every Use of Your Name, Information, and Image Online

People Search Engines like kgbPeople perform a comprehensive search of the web for any and all information about a particular person, using search engines, social networks, and other picture and video sites to develop a comprehensive list of all mentions. The results are then gathered instantaneously and listed before your very eyes. This will get the ball rolling when it comes to monitoring and managing your online reputation, as well as the information being divulged to the masses. However, tracking should never be a one time event. If you want to effectively manage the information about you out there on the web, monitoring and management should become a habitual part of your online routine.

2. Identify Troublesome Information on Your Social Networking Profiles and Modify Accordingly

There are many personal details you should completely avoid disclosing on social networking sites, the most common of which being Facebook. This can help protect you and your loved ones from severe violations to privacy, and even threats to your financial safety. After reviewing your results on a people search engine like kgbPeople, carefully consider what information you are comfortable making very, very public. In fact, you may be unwittingly giving your profile publicity by inputting common information about school and work histories, contact information, friends, groups, and networks. As a general rule, you should never reveal your complete birth date. Under no circumstances should you ever give out your phone numbers or home address. Consider halting use of your full name, and instead abbreviate your last name, create a pen name, or develop an alternative screen name. Also consider altering your full, or professional, name so that there is now a middle initial or middle name in use. Delete any descriptions of your participation, or even remote affiliation, in illegal or distasteful behaviour. Do not state opinions or information about yourself that could be in any way used against you. Refrain from shouting political views and religious affiliations from the rooftops, as these can often be polarising. Remove comments posted by others that could become troublesome. Too much specificity in your profile can also serve as an invitation to potential identity thieves and other criminals. With regard to Twitter, you may want to alter your user name to something unassociated with your name or identity and, of course, protect your tweets unless you want to allow the unfollowing world access to everything you say.

3. Try the Old-Fashioned, Nice Approach to Rectifying Issues

The most troublesome information on the web is often put there by those beyond your control. In this case, the simplest approach may just turn out to be the best approach. When people search engines post the results of your search, you can then view the origin of every reference to you and your personal information. When you find something defamatory, incorrect or in any way harmful to you, your reputation, your finances, or your career, contact that particular person or source and ask them to remove the content at issue. In many cases, the culprit is nothing more than a family member or friend who, in a blasé fashion, failed to realise what damage could be incurred by unflattering content. Do not contact the search engines. They will simply reject your request, as their business is to report what exists on the internet at large, and not to make subjective decisions about what is appropriate or damaging.

4. Address the Criticisms of Others

If the negative content is legitimate, attempt to mitigate or even apologise on whatever site the criticism originally appeared. Also, give others a forum to voice their criticisms or other input. Your willingness to address ‘bad press’ may actually reflect well on you. In other circumstances, you may want to approach your problem directly and offline. However, refrain from being aggressive or threatening and instead be constructive and suggest realistic solutions or changes.

5. Bury the Bad Stuff with the Good

Tragically, there is no ‘delete’ button to control the information populating the web. Instead, try rebuilding your online reputation by developing the image you want to project to the watching world. Do not allow the negative commentary to be all that anyone sees when they search your name or business online. Consider obtaining all online property with your name, and set up accounts on all popular social networking sites and other web-related sources. Then, build profiles for yourself or your business. Start a blog specifically related to your career, posting information regarding your industry, upcoming events, charity affiliations, and other newsletter-type content. Find supporters who will advertise your positive attributes online via blog mentions, links, and the like. Actively work to earn a quality reputation in your field by producing articles and blogging for various respected online publications. Join mailing lists that are frequently indexed on search engines such as Google, and join websites that will also index your name. Sign up for alumni pages and other professional networks. All of these activities will effectively bury the negative stuff deep down the search results page, and quite frankly, not many people look beyond the first few pages.

6. Improve and Customise Your Privacy Settings

After reviewing the results of your personal search online, you may be alarmed by just how freely sites are publishing your private information. Even if you maintain fairly impersonal and sanitised social networking profiles, be certain to utilise all available privacy settings in order to block strangers, and even some ‘friends’, from easily accessing your personal information. That ‘limited profile’ option is there for a reason. Take the time to thoroughly examine each social networking website’s privacy policy, including their information sharing practices with regard to advertisers and third parties. Determine what information each site will share by default and with whom, and then actively use those controls to better protect yourself and your private information. For instance, Facebook’s defaults generally share almost everything included in your profile. If you have never addressed your privacy settings, then your Facebook profile is unfortunately being shared with everyone in every network to which you belong. Thankfully, Facebook offers a wide variety of privacy control settings to address the information you share on your profile, the information people see when they search for you, your interactions with others, and your application usage. Set your profile so that only friends, or select friends, can view it. Allow no-one to see your contact email address and adjust your wall posting visibility to control who can view wall postings made by your friends, as well as who can post to your wall. Simply go to the ‘Privacy Settings’ section on your profile page and adjust accordingly. To avoid the intricacies of the privacy settings, simply set your profile to ‘No Networks’ so that many of the settings will remain inactive. You can make yourself unsearchable to search engines and opt out of all social networking site-specific search results. If you uncheck the option referencing your public search listing, then you will entirely shut down this practice. With regards to MySpace, the privacy controls are much less extensive, so you should be wary of all information you share there. This also applies to a LinkedIn profile, as the site defaults allow your entire profile to be viewed by all. However, there are ways to limit this unfettered sharing on LinkedIn. You can turn off your public profile so that no one outside of your network can view your information. Also, under the ‘Profile Views’ section, you can set limits for what will be shown to other users after you view their profiles. However, no matter how many privacy settings you utilise, always assume that savvy internet users will be able to access your information to some degree.

7. Closely Manage Your Photos and Albums

One bad photo can severely damage your career and your personal relationships. A cursory review of your photographic timeline could also give criminals valuable insight into your life. At the very least, you may suffer some traumatic personal embarrassment. Most people search engines will provide image results that are associated with your name. Quite possibly the most troublesome part of this freewheeling photo exchange is the practice of tagging on Facebook. Change your settings so that only you, or a select number of people, can view your tagged photographs. Also, the photographs and albums that you post can be limited in terms of friend access. However, you must address these concerns on an album-by-album basis.

8. Modify Your Friend Lists

Take full advantage of your ability to create private groupings of friends based on personal preferences. Beyond the fact that these separate lists allow you to quickly view friends and send messages by category, they can also have specific and separate privacy policies applied to each of them. That way, your friends can see your wild party photos from last weekend, while your parents cannot. Also, this gives you the opportunity to limit the access of mere acquaintances to some very private information that could be used against you. Configure these customised friend lists by visiting the ‘Friends’ section of Facebook. Categorising your friends will also help you stay up-to-date on your privacy control needs.
9. Reevaluate Your Decision to Associate Your Personal Profile With Work
Seemingly everyone networks online to some extent, but you risk some serious trouble when you enter your more personal sentiments into the same equation. When you start entering into conversations on diverse, and sometimes controversial or stigmatising subjects, you will want to strongly consider whether your company name and/or reputation could become intertwined with these opinions. You also risk introducing your business associates to your after-work-hours drama. You may want to consider separating your social networking profiles, maintaining separate ones for work and for leisure. Also, avoid utilising the same email address for both personal and professional functions.

10. Become Wary of Who You ‘Friend’ or Associate With Online

There are people out there who pride themselves on having, literally, thousands of friends. But realistically, no one can possibly have that many personal relationships. As a consequence, this allows your profile and information to become entangled with morepeople and networks than it ever should, many of those people being virtual strangers to the person who befriended them to begin with. This puts your personal safety, financial security, and reputation into jeopardy.

11. Think Before You Post

By heightening your self-consciousness and policing your online lifestyle, you can help ensure that embarrassing or otherwise damaging posts, photos, gossip, or other information does not emerge. Step outside of yourself and think carefully about the many ways within the realm of possibility that any post, photo, or blog entry could be construed negatively. Think before you post, and make certain to never post a status update that you may later regret. Never freely give out personal information that could then be utilised by the criminal fraternity, especially in light of the fact that identity theft continues to be a worldwide issue. Beyond the fact that this could become detrimental to your very livelihood, this information could also undermine your professional standing and put you into direct conflict with business associates and others. After all, it is now common practice for Facebook pages to be used as part of the general background check process for employers, universities, clubs, and more.

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Identity Theft – Why You Should Be Worried

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Online Reputation – What Does It Mean to You?

We know all about the power and efficiency of people search but have you ever stopped to think about your own online persona and what it says about you?

Unfortunately, people can experience a bit of a cyber-bashing – sometimes through no fault of their own – and it can stain their reputation both on and offline.

The web dictates our perspective on numerous subjects and we often use it to help us with choices.

With the growth of consumer-generated content (CGC) such as blogs, forums, social networking sites and message boards, information can be quickly generated and indexed by search engines.

For people in business, it is crucial to pick up on what is being said online – both positive and negative.

Naturally, it’s those that are unhappy with a service or product that they’ve received that are also the most vocal about their disappointment – yet you can always pitch your side of the story.

Listening creates the opportunity to take action and resolve internal problems or deal with malicious information, both of which can negatively influence your corporate, and even personal, reputation.

kgbPeople is a great place to start; rather than go through independent search engines or social networks, it pulls everything together quickly and efficiently.

A search for your name will provide links to your Facebook and Twitter pages, for example, but it’s the stuff out of your control that you really need to keep in touch with and you’ll be presented with references about you on blogs, forums and other websites.

These are the most popular platforms for web users to talk about you and with, you can monitor these conversations and act accordingly.

What does your reputation mean to you?

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The World Can’t Keep Up with Kardashian

It’s that time of year when nostalgic lists are practically jumping out at you from all quarters featuring best ofs, worst ofs, top 10s, and so forth… and it would be quite discourteous not to get involved.

So as we’re all about a search for people, one particular story caught our eye recently. According to research from Microsoft into search queries on Bing, thorough-bred socialite Kim Kardashian was the most popular query on their search engine this year.

We’re not entirely sure what she actually does but whatever it is, it’s garnered more interest than extreme oil spills, devastating earthquakes, mining drama and the 2010 World Cup.

It probably has something to do with her colossal army of supporters – at the latest count it stands at 3 million fans on Facebook and 5 million Followers on Twitter.

Celebrities filled up the first five positions in Bing’s Top 10 Most Popular Search Terms of 2010 with Hollywood actress Sandra Bullock taking the runner-up spot – a massive 20% behind Kardashian.

Next up was philandering golfer Tiger Woods who demonstrated to the world that money truly can’t buy you happiness as his marriage crumbled in the most public of ways.

Sneaking into the top four is Lady Gaga. The eccentric pop icon has the most viewed YouTube video of all time with Bad Romance and after another successful year, Gaga has cemented her position as one of the world’s most famous celebs.

And rounding off the top five is probably the world’s most famous man, Barack Obama. The US President has endured his first full year at the helm and it hasn’t been an easy one – not least with huge criticism aimed his way for the handling of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

The Most Popular Search Term of 2009, Michael Jackson, dropped to 11th place in this year’s listings.

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Don’t Date in the Dark!

Online dating is one of the web’s biggest industries with a current worth of over 1 billion dollars a year in the US alone – so it’s fair to say that the stigma attached to meeting strangers on the internet has lessened in recent years.

A key reason for this cyber liberation is undoubtedly the information we have at our disposal in the modern era; years ago, dating ads in regional newspapers would be the only info you could extract – a tweet-sized blurb invariably lauding a person’s GSoH. These days, we get data MI5 would be proud of.

But integrity on the web, especially in the dating game, can often be relinquished.

That dating site quite clearly lists Leanne as a blonde 27-year-old who manages a successful fashion store when she’s not at the gym or participating in rallies against animal cruelty – yet it wouldn’t be uncommon for ‘Leanne’ to be in her early 30s, a mere part-time shop assistant, and seriously in need of the gym membership that she claimed to have.

Leanne isn’t alone – stats show that women tend to fib about their weight more than any other personal feature, whilst men prefer white lies based on their age and height; it’s a total rat race where ethics are often left at the starting line.

And so it’s unsurprising that more and more singletons are turning to people search sites such as for a second opinion.

Deep down, you really have no idea whether a person is who they say they are and yet you’re thinking about sharing personal details with this stranger – or even planning to meet? Through a quick name search, your fears could easily be allayed or confirmed.

Search results can include a glut of juicy information such as employment info, social network links, search engine results, email addresses and, the Holy Grail, images! How is Leanne shaping up now?

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The Battle of The Ashes starts on

The battle of the Ashes starts on

One of the greatest rivalries in international sport, the Ashes series gets underway in Brisbane tomorrow and could possibly see England win the urn in Australia for the first time in 24 years.

And as Ashes fever starts to take hold, our people search site has been inundated with searches being conducted for both England and Aussie team players.

So we thought we’d do our bit and take a closer look at the two opposing captains namely, Andrew Strauss and Ricky Ponting and set our famous people search algorithm loose on these 2 profiles for some early clues on who the eventual winner might be.

Early indications suggest that so far Aussie captain Ricky Ponting holds a slight advantage. Oh no! we hear the collective English fans shout.



10,435   6,187

And we’d say that you can address the balance by simply becoming fans & followers of each players’ Facebook & Twitter pages and our search algorithm will work out who’s edged to slip or hit a six instead.

Here are their respective details:

Ricky Ponting

Andrew Strauss

Ricky Ponting has no Twitter account (at least one that we’re aware of)






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Use our people search site to monitor your professional online identity

In this digital age where many people will ‘meet’ you online before they meet you in person, never before has it been so essential to maintain your online reputation in order to accurately reflect the real you.

One quick-fire way of achieving this is through people search engine,, which can help to ensure your online presence is as impressive and professional as your real-life one.

In recent years, the ascent of social media means that our online behaviour can have a huge impact on our everyday life – without us even realising. A key example of this is how companies turn ‘detective’ on potential job applicants in an attempt to learn more about them.

In a recent survey, 70% of HR workers in the U.S. admitted to rejecting a job applicant because of his or her internet behaviour – a damning indictment of how employers seeking candidate information can be, in many cases wrongly, put off pursuing a particular applicant who would be totally none the wiser. could prove particularly useful in instances where online information, available to the watching world, is outdated or just plain wrong. Consumers using can set alerts so that they receive an email whenever their name comes up on a long list of websites, search engines, and social networks.

With the free service offering at, users can create their own individual profile that enables them to manage information written about them on the internet, effectively setting the record straight, putting them in control of their online image.

From a searching perspective, enables users to find long lost relatives, friends, and even celebrities. With advanced searching and spider algorithms that pinpoint relevant information, you can conduct an extremely comprehensive online search for any name.

The website delves deep into social networks such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter; search engines such as Google, Yahoo and Bing, as well as numerous other sources including video and photo sharing sites like YouTube and Flickr.

Start your search for people now simply by entering any name into the search box below.

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Our search for people has just got a lot better…

As you may be aware kgbpeople offer a global search for people
facility for free and we’re constantly reviewing and tweaking this in order to offer existing users & new site visitors better search capabilities.

People search sites empower you to reconnect with people that you have lost contact with ages ago or connect you with famous personalities like a favorite actor, TV personality, or musician.

So whether you visit us to search for long lost friends and relatives or are simply curious about what’s out there in cyberspace about you then we’re sure that you’ll find the new improvements much to your liking.

And with this in mind I’ll pass the rest of this post over to my colleague Nic to list below some of the exciting changes that we’ve made over the past few weeks.

Improvements to kgbpeople

We’ve been working really hard on some improvements to kgbpeople, making it easier to use, more accurate and include more results from more countries. We’re dying to share some of the changes with you that we’ve just released. Here are some of the highlights:

Simpler website address

We’ve standardised on as the address for all your people searches. Country specific domain names, like and will continue to work for the next few months, but will eventually be discontinued to provide a simpler experience for all our users. Please update your bookmarks and start using from now on! (Don’t worry, you can still select your preferred language and search within specific countries.)

Profile visible to the world

Your profile will soon be available to everyone around the world on Previously, your profile was registered only within your own country. This gives you the chance to better control your identity on a global level. If you haven’t already set one, why not set a personalised URL to give your profile an even easier to remember, and much nicer looking personalised address?

WOW factor rankings now national and global

Now you really can be the top of your country and top of the world! Our new WOW factor ranking page shows your ranking within your country and globally – twice the fun!

Better language support

We’ve improved our search engine to return more relevant results in different languages. So, whether you’re preferred language is German, French, Spanish or one of the other 14 languages we currently support, you should be able to find accurate results quickly and easily.

If you’ve got any questions or would like some help, get in touch or leave a comment on the blog.

Go test out our newly improved site and do a search for people below.

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