The All Powerful...All Knowing "GOOGLE" - Caution Advisory!

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Professionals BK659643

I try to stay up-to-date on techno-stuff, and just heard about this today. Our internet is a great tool, but wow...then you start thinking about how horrible people could use this to hurt others....here is a thought to ponder. 

This truly proves to me how all-powerful our internet has become.  I love Google!  I Google everything and my son uses it to do research for school.  But this is one thing everyone should take a look at, and consider for yourself.  

 Google has implemented a new feature which enables you to type a telephone number into the search bar and hit enter and you will be given the person's name and address. If you then hit Map quest ,you will get a map to the person's house. Everyone should be aware of this!  It's a nationwide reverse telephone book.

If a child gives out his/her phone number, someone can now look it up to find out where he/she lives. The safety issues are obvious, and alarming.

You can have your phone number removed or blocked. I tried my number and it came up along with the Mapquest and directions straight to our house. You can fill out the "removal form". 

Please look up your own number. Consider....should it be there?

In order to test whether your phone number is mapped, go to: Google (http://www.google.com/ ).  Type your phone number in the search bar (i.e.555-555-1212) and hit enter. If you want to BLOCK Google from divulging your private information, simply click on your telephone number and then
click on the Removal Form. Removal takes 48-hours.

Check your own number and although this may not apply to you if you have an unlisted number or cell phone as primary contact, but you may know someone who needs to know this.

Please share this information with friends! and family.

Written and Posted By: Chris Bohn, GRI- ABR-ePro- Gainesville FL Real Estate  Copyright © 2007
Chris Bohn, RE/MAX Professionals, Inc., is a Florida Realtor® who specializes in Gainesville, FL and communities in Alachua County, FL . To find out more information about her real estate services please visit her profile . You are welcome to contact her by phone at 352-472-4472 Ext 103  or by email at chris@eHomesGainesville.com  . You can click to view her listings or visit her website. Thank you for your visit.

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Rainmaker
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Midori Miller
Talk 2 Midori, LLC - Daytona Beach, FL
Online Marketing For Real Estate Professionals
Christine-WOW...I tried it and it worked!  Makes me a little nervous but then again my personal info is all over the web.  Need to share this with a lot of people.  Thanks so much for sharing....I did not know.
Aug 28, 2007 10:15 AM #1
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Ashley Drake Gephart
Drake Intel Group - Albuquerque, NM
Even before the Internet I have always had an unlisted number and for the last 5+ years I have only had a cell phone and no land lines. With the ease of finding information on the Internet it is even now more important to protect our private information.
Aug 28, 2007 10:41 AM #2
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Bill Gassett
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate
Christine - Very interest and scary too. There are so many sickos out there. This could easily be used in the wrong way. Good info.
Aug 28, 2007 12:50 PM #3
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Christopher Myers
Orlando Property Group - Orlando, FL
Greater Orlando and Central Florida Real Estate
Wow! Thanks for the tip!  That's scary stuff.
Aug 28, 2007 03:18 PM #4
Rainmaker
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Christine Bohn
RE/MAX Professionals - Gainesville, FL
The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL

"Big Brother" gets bigger and bigger.....share this info with your friends.  Thanks Midori & Ashley.  

And Bill, I worry about the bad people using this against the kids.  And Yes, Christoper...it's scary!

Aug 29, 2007 01:07 AM #5
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Respect Realty LLC
Respect Realty LLC - Milwaukie, OR
Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate
There have been sites like this for years and yes this is one of the ways people find out where you and your kids live. I have all my phone numbers masked and lead to a terminal. If someone should go to the address of where my phone number says I am, they will show up at a green box on the corner of a street in Tigard, Oregon. Even my cell numbers are linked to that box.
Aug 29, 2007 05:17 PM #6
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Christine Bohn
RE/MAX Professionals - Gainesville, FL
The Bohn Team, Gainesville FL
Todd - that is very smart, was that done through your cell phone company or another way?
Oct 16, 2007 06:14 AM #7
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