Remove Yourself From – MyLife.com
Unbeknownst to you, there are hundreds of websites and other online companies that are snatching your personal data to make a dollar. Some of the most common websites include Spokeo, PeopleSmart, US Search, Intelius, Whitepages, and Radaris.
These types of websites can be dangerous to your reputation. The personal information that is collected about you can then be used to judge your character and assess you in many situations, like when applying for a job.
Though each of these personal data websites has its own issues, we are going to focus our attention on MyLife.com, which compiles information from various sources about your personal life, including your full name, nick name, places of residence and more.
What is MyLife.com?
According to its website, MyLife.com is the only reputation platform focused on making consumers safer and marketplaces more trusted through proprietary reputation profiles and scores. The website claims that it is dedicated to helping people manage and monitor their own reputation to help them look their best, personally and professionally, to the people searching for them online.
MyLife.com takes your personal data and calculates a “reputation score” that the company compares to a credit score. In actuality, a personal score reveals so much more about you. A credit score only tells people how you’ve repaid loans. Your “Reputation Score” is calculated with a proprietary algorithm using details in your Background Report and reviews written by people who know you.
Why MyLife.com is dangerous
It can be unnerving to know that your personal information is out there for anyone on MyLife.com to see. Many of them reveal:
- an individual’s age
- past and current home addresses
- phone numbers, email addresses
- political affiliations
- a mini biography
- personal review section
Further, your identity is in danger of being compromised as MyLife.com compiles enough information about you to let someone guess the answers to common password-reset questions.
Who created MyLife.com?
MyLife.com was founded by Jeffrey Tinsley in 2002 as Reunion.com. The company later ran business using the names Wink.com and Classmates.com, before taking on its MyLife.com name in February 2009.
As a self proclaimed ‘serial Internet entrepreneur,’ Jeffrey is the company’s CEO and Chairman. His claim to fame is growing MyLife.com to more than 60 million registered members, adding more than 2 million per month, and prompting VentureBeat to write the recent article entitled, “Is MyLife the biggest social site you’ve never heard of?”
Is MyLife.com a scam?
Yes, according to many people’s accounts. MyLife.com is considered a scam that begins with a false solicitation telling potential victims that ‘someone’ is searching for them, and they can find out who by paying a small fee. Oftentimes, users are not aware they are even signing up for long-term subscriptions.
Some consumers have also noted that certain information about them was wrong, and that the only way to fix it seemed to be to pay MyLife. Remember, false information spread about you online can damage your reputation permanently.
How does someone view my MyLife.com score?
They can simply:
- Enter your name in the search field on MyLife.com.
- click “Search For Score.”
- Select “See Background & Reputation Score” and wait for the report to generate.
Can I control my MyLife.com profile?
Technically, yes. Under two free options, you can a.) edit and comment on many of the details of your page and b.) write about yourself to give the many people who come to your page a positive image of yourself.
The catch is, if you want to hide anonymous reviews and lock sections so no one can see them without permission, you have to be a paid member.
According to a news report , as of June 2019, the Federal Trade Commission and the Better Business Bureausaid they’ve received nearly 30,000 complaints from consumers combined. Of those, 6,800 were received by the BBB in an 11-month span from 2018-2019.
There have also been several lawsuits filed against MyLife.com and its previous aliases.
In 2008, the company was sued by customers defrauded by email messages falsely stating that individuals and or past acquaintances were trying to contact them. In 2009, the company was re-branded as MyLife.com, which continued under the same business model. In 2010, the case was settled for $9.5 million. However, under the new MyLife.com name, Jeffrey Tinsley moved on to defraud a new age of victims.
In 2011, a lawsuit against MyLife.com alleged the company was engaging in false advertising practices and accused the company of false solicitation by offering monthly memberships and then charging member’s credit cards at an annual rate. Additionally, the lawsuit accused MyLife.com of spamming contacts improperly gathered from the address books of those visiting the site.
Credit card companies have also received thousands of complaints about MyLife.com and its fraudulent billing practices. Some creditors have designated MyLife,cin as a frequent offender whose charges are suspect.
Can I remove myself from MyLife.com?
Needless to say, if you are not OK with a company having access to your personal information, you will want to have it removed. Although MyLife.com claims it doesn’t not honor third party removal requests, you can have your Reputation Profile removed after providing identity verification. The owner of the profile has to directly request removal through MyLife.com.
Next, MyLife.com offers two methods for deleting your personal information — phone and email.
Contact MyLife.com at 1-888-704-1900 and tell them that you’d like to delete your profile. You’ll need to tell their customer support agent the following information:
- Date of birth
- Current address
- At least one previous address
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Online privacy laws state-by-state
Some states have passed privacy laws that give consumers the right to control their personal information online so it may be worth researching your own state’s policies if MyLife.com won’t comply with your removal request.
Realistic ways to remove MyLife.com
Getting your name and information removed from MyLife.com is not easy. If you can successfully do it on the first try, then congratulations! Many times, your personal details will still remain on the website. That’s where a customized online reputation management (ORM) plan could help improve your MyLife reputation score by burying the search results.
However, if you want your information removed from MyLife.com for good, then you may want to consider hiring a guaranteed link removal service.
How can Online Defamation Defenders help?
Online Defamation Defenders can offer guaranteed removal of your MyLife.com information from search engines. How it works is you hire us on a contingency basis, we get the content removed fully from search engines and when it is gone we charge your card. If you have a MyLife.com report ranking for your name, we strongly recommend you give us a call at 800 914 7628 or complete the form at the top of this page for a free consultation. We can help you!
How long does de-indexing take?
Our process takes about 15-60 days to completely remove the report from searches for your personal name. This process is permanent. Don’t allow websites like MyLife.com to permanently damage your reputation. Take action immediately!