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Menlo College Dept. of Mass
John W. Higgins
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To cut down on the unsolicited credit offers coming through the mail, tell the four credit reporting bureaus not to release your name and information to potential junk mailers and telemarketers ("opt-out"). The four credit bureaus are Equifax, Experian, Trans Union, and Innovis.
OPT OUT PROGRAM -- To be excluded from unsolicited offers of finance or credit. Any one of the methods below will cover you at all four credit bureaus: Expect to give your name, telephone number, and Social Security number (for verification -- they already have these).
You can also ask each of the three credit bureaus to put a "freeze" or a “fraud alert” on your account. This means that each time an account is opened in your name, they would need to call or write to you to get verification. It works, but can be a hassle when you are opening new accounts.
By federal law, you are entitled to (1) free credit report per year from each of the four credit reporting bureaus. This helps you keep track of any possible problems with unauthorized accounts and identity theft throughout the year
|Shields Up! Tests your computer's security.||SpeedGuide Tests your computer's security|
|Anonymizer: surf the web anonymously||Zone Alarm Free on-line spyware detector|
|Ad Subtract||Cookie Crusher|
|Web Free Cookie Manager||Web Washer|
|Consumer.Net Analyzes the privacy of your internet connection||LavaSoft "Ad-Aware" -- Free ad blocker & pop-up stopper|
|U.S. Government's Do Not Call List||Cookie Pal|
|SpyBot "Search and Destroy" -- Free privacy software|
Traditional Search Engines
|Ask Jeeves||Alta Vista|
|Excite||Maps from Yahoo! Type in the address, get the map|
|Lycos||Google Groups (formerly DejaNews) To search discussion groups.|
|Lycos People Finder People finder||Switchboard People & business/telephone directories|
|Yahoo People Search People finder||Telephone Directories From around the world|
|Internet Address Finder People/email finder||411.Com People/item locator. It's ok, but not the best|
|Military Active Duty People finder|
|Ancestry.Com Geneology Research||InfoSpace Ultimate Directory|
|Family Tree Maker's Geneology Site||411 Locate|
|U.S. Census Bureau||Yahoo! Computer Finger Gateways|
|State & Federal Government Resources||American Demographics: Marketing Tools|
|State of California||The Right Site: Demographics|
|KnowX! Public Records Search||National Credit Information Network|
|Information Seach Incorporated||Equifax Credit Bureau|
|Charles Jones On-Line Data Search||Trans-Union Credit Bureau|
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