We live in an interesting time where technology has made gathering information on popular topics easy. The internet allows us to find information on virtually anyone or anything with a few taps on a keyboard. While most people rely on search engines like Google to complete this search, some specialized websites are dedicated to identifying information on specific entities and individuals.
Nowadays, there is almost no information you cannot find on one of these websites since many rely on them to get an idea of the type of people they will encounter. While several websites fulfill this purpose, one of the most well-known websites for this is Radaris.
While Radaris plays a significant role in providing information for public consumption, it is not always beneficial for the entities on which they provide information. Sometimes, Radaris provides information that is better left undisclosed. Sometimes the information is too personal for public disclosure, or sometimes the information compromises the public’s perception of you.
No matter why you are uncomfortable with the information being present on Radaris, sometimes the best course of action is to try and have it removed. However, the way to get information taken down from a website like Radaris might be unknown to you. This article will guide you on the steps you will need to take to remove your name from Radaris’ website.
What is Radaris.com?
Radaris is a deep data finder website that lets the public look for information on companies and individuals. They market the website as a tool to locate old friends, verify unknown phone numbers, and perform background checks. This information can be extremely beneficial if you suspect an entity or individual of misconduct. Radaris results can access the most pertinent information of an individual, including:
- Contact Information
- Family Members
- Property Records
- Marriages and Divorces
- Lawsuit Records
This information can be extremely useful in protecting yourself if you suspect a neighbor of illicit or dangerous behavior. However, that information could be posted regarding you and offer the same level of insight into your history and background. This information in the wrong hands can be hazardous, meaning you will want to have it removed as soon as possible to prevent anyone from abusing the data to get access to you and your family.
In Radaris’ defense, the website only allows paying members to access certain information, but this is hardly a safeguard. This information can severely impact your reputation and compromise your safety if it is allowed to remain on Radaris’ website. While Radaris’ website did not intend for the information to be abused, it cannot control the intentions of its users and must rely on human compassion and compliance with the law.
Unfortunately, that expectation can cause serious issues that force you to take matters into your own hands. This leads us back to the question that brought you here today: how can you remove your name from Radaris’ website?
How to Remove Your Name From Radaris
While Radaris might have access to your information even though you did not place it there, they cannot maintain it without consent. This means it is possible to have your information taken down from their website to protect yourself. However, accessing the page associated with Radaris’ opt-out program can be challenging. Not because you have to jump through any hoops to begin the process but because it is difficult to locate on the webpage unless you know where to look.
The opt-out option for Radaris is not hidden. It is written in a small font and at the bottom of every page. The first step you will have to take is to scroll to the very bottom of the page you are on until you reach a dark blue box with several options written in white font. Once there, you will want to click on the option “Control Your Info.” From there, the website will take you to a new page that provides some instructions and information sources used by Radaris.
From the instruction page, you will want to read through the criteria they provide to ensure there is no resurgence of information about you. Once you are through the instructions, you will be asked to provide the first and last name of the individual whose information you are trying to remove. So, you will want to type your name into the search bar but do not be surprised if the results yield other results of the same name that are not you. It will be your responsibility to ensure that the result you try to remove is your information rather than someone else’s. Compare the information to the facts about you and determine which result is truly your information.
Once you have found your name and information, you need to click on the bright orange button that says, “Control Info.” From there, the website will take you to a login portal where you must create an account with Radaris if you do not already have one. You will need to provide your full name and e-mail address and create a password to create your account. Once you have done so, you will receive a confirmation via e-mail or cell phone that you will need to submit to complete your account registration. Once your account is verified, you can remove the information about yourself.
You can now select the profile you are trying to manage by clicking on the “Control Info” button again. From there, another button will appear that says, “Manage Info,” which will allow you to do one of 2 things:
- Make the profile private and restrict who gets to access the information listed on it.
- Delete specific records and remove that particular information from Radaris entirely.
Making the profile private is a simple enough task and, once complete, does not require further action on your part. However, deleting specific records will have you going through the records associated with the profile and checking off the boxes next to the information you want to be removed. Once all the boxes are checked off, you can click “Remove selected records” to purge the information from Radaris’ website.
After completing all of these steps, Radaris will instantly accept the request and undergo a 24-hour removal period. After the 24 hours have elapsed, the records should be completely purged and safe from public access. However, removing content from Radaris is only one step in protecting your information. They gather this information from several sources that allow them to keep it up to date. If you truly want to prevent a recurrence, you will also need to understand the source of information.
How Does Radaris Access Information?
Radaris does not get information about people directly from them but through their digital footprint. A digital footprint is one of the most important features of modern technology as it can create a virtual trail right back to you and your most sensitive information. Managing your digital footprint can be critical to protecting yourself and your reputation. However, there is one factor in particular that Radaris is known to use to gather information about people. It accesses your social media accounts and uses the information posted to populate the profiles on its website.
People often attach their data to their social media accounts since they only expect to share the data with family members and friends who are already privy to this information. However, sometimes these posts can help websites like Radaris gather information about you that is meant to remain within your social circle rather than a public display. The best way to protect your information is to ensure that your social media profiles do not divulge any information you would not want the public to know.
Radaris gathers information from social media platforms like Facebook and LinkedIn to use in the profiles it creates. However, social media is not the only tool it employs to find information. It can also use more advanced tools like LexisNexis and search engines like Google and Bing to find the data it is after. However, it also has access to public information data sources that it can use to provide information to the public who wants information.
Radaris can access records from local governments and court districts for information about your legal history and residence. Usually, this information is public knowledge, but posting your current address online is not a service government facilities and realtors offer. Radaris might post that information on their website, however, meaning people could use this information to track you down.
Even identification cards and licenses are used to provide information to Radaris’ users. Again, it is important to remember that Radaris’ intentions are not malicious. However, their services can inadvertently harm you or your reputation. This is why opting into their removal service and managing your profile on their website is important to protect yourself.
However, dealing with Radaris is not enough since sites like Google post similar information independently. Even if Radaris does not host the information, Google and other websites might. Fortunately, even Google has options for removing information from its search results so you can protect your information. However, you will need to do so on your own since Radaris is not responsible for what information is provided by search engines.
Once you deal with the source of information, you should find Radaris less of an issue than it might have been. However, sometimes managing certain posts and online activity is more than you can afford to deal with by yourself. Fortunately, there is an option for those who need a little help removing information.
Hire a Reputation Management Service
Managing your reputation and online presence can be an intense and time-consuming effort. Especially since there might be records posted somewhere that you do not remember and therefore cannot remove yourself. Fortunately, this problem has spawned an industry dedicated to resolving it so you can live your life without worrying about reputational damage or information leaks. Reputation management firms help manage social media posts and other contributors to digital footprints. They can also represent you when you need information removed from a website and perform the request on your behalf.
A reputation management firm can be challenging to find since their recent spike in popularity has led to low-quality firms emerging. However, finding a reliable reputation management firm will provide you with the team you need to remove your data from websites like Radaris without stressing yourself out. Retaining their services can be costly, but ultimately their services will be excellent for managing your needs and protecting yourself from the less reputable elements of the internet.
Of course, the challenge of finding an ideal reputation management firm might be a little easier than you think, especially if you know where to look.
Take Your Reputation Back!
Radaris means well by providing information on neighbors, friends, and family. After all, you never really know who someone is behind closed doors, and Radaris provides information on their legal history. However, some information is not meant to be shared on the internet and could end up causing more trouble than it is worth. Fortunately, you can take matters into your own hands and have compromising information pulled from the website’s results. Unfortunately, you will likely need to do the same with the search engines and social media platforms Radaris uses to gather information. It can be an arduous task unless you have a little help.
Fortunately, we at Reputation are here to help. We offer reputation management and marketing services that protect your public image and personal information. This includes social media posts and cyber libel claims. Managing your online information can be difficult when so many websites can access personal data. This is why we have dedicated ourselves to helping manage this information and help improve your online reputation. We have performed this service for numerous clients so far, and we would love to help you. So, check out our website today so you can take your reputation back!