Would You Trust Your Social Security Number to a Search Engine?



StolenID Search is a new search engine that claims to tell you if your personal information has been stolen or shared on the web. An offering of TrustedID, StolenID Search scours more than 2 million pieces of information, to see if you’ve been compromised.

Here’s the problem I see with the service. Go and check it out for yourself. All you have to do is enter your credit card or social security number and let StolenID Search do the rest.

Are you frickin kidding me?

Do you seriously think I’m going to enter my SSN into a search engine I know nothing about. Even AOL and Google have a hard time keeping personal data safe, yet you expect me to trust you with my data?

Let’s see how long it takes for that precious data to get leaked onto the web, or some hacker realize there’s gold in dem der search results.

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  • Dean

    wow…this is amazing!! Forget hackers, what about their own employess who could have access to the information?? And what happens when the place goes belly up??

    Frankly anyone who who give this information to anyone DESERVES to have their information stolen :P

  • http://www.techcrunch.com michael arrington

    I think a few things are worth pointing out. First, the company is backed by Draper Fisher Jurvetson, and is very legit. Second, they’ve said they do not store any queries and flush it out of their db immediately. And most importantly, a social security or credit card number, without any other information like a name, is completely useless.

  • http://www.marketingpilgrim.com Andy Beal

    Thanks for your input Michael. I’d say that AOL and Google are legit too, but they released sensitive data. Also, what if users start entering information about themselves, as search queries? Couldn’t that leave a trail – similar to the woman tracked down on AOL?

    I guess the big test is this, have you entered your SSN or credit card number? ;-)