NotInMyBackyard Tool Shows Who's Eyeing Your Data Online

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A new Web tool helps companies see just who has access to their personal information online. Released this week, NotInMyBackyard Diggity is free to anyone to use, and sweeps popular sites such as PasteBin, YouTube and Twitter, along with cloud storage sites like Dropbox and Google Docs, to uncover caches of sensitive data, reports USA Today.

NotInMyBackyard was designed with large organisations in mind, but the tool will be incredibly useful for consumers. They can punch in their name, email address, bank account login, or Social Security number to see if their information is being pilfered in school, at a hospital or on an online storage service.  

Francis Brown and Robert Ragan, co-managing partners at Stach & Liu, the security consultancy that created NotInMyBackyard, hope the tool makes consumers and companies more aware of the dangers of working and playing online. 

“Hopefully, these tools will shine a spotlight and put pressure on these companies to stop playing fast and loose with individuals’ personal information,” Brown told USA Today. 

The tool is easy to get up and running. Just locate and install SearchDiggity on Stach & Liu’s site, double-click the icon, and enter what information you’d like NotInMyBackyard to watch out for. 

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