An Important Announcement from Garbo




Garbo is a nonprofit on a mission to help proactively prevent harm in the digital age through technology, tools, and education.

Garbo is on a mission is to empower individuals to make more informed decisions about their safety.

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Discover Garbo's New
Essential Guide to Online & IRL Safety
We've worked with experts and advocates to create an in-depth guide arming you with the knowledge, tools, and strategies to help identify potential bad actors and protect yourself in the digital age.
Learn How to Validate & Verify Someone's Identity & Background

We break down the best ways to help you learn more about someone while balancing privacy and protection.

Learn how to effectively use search engines, social media, VOIP number detection, and reverse image searching to help you validate someone's identity as a first step to building trust with someone new in your life.

How to Search Federal & Local Public Records (Criminal Records + More)

We're giving you the inside knowledge you need to understand if someone has a history of harm.

The guide will teach you how to search public records including criminal records, civil lawsuits, and more without using unreliable and potentially dangerous third-party people search sites powered by data brokers.

The Problems With People Search Sites & Online Background Checks

We know a thing or two about background checks — and we believe these types of sites are dangerous.

Understand the issues with online background checks including the overexposure of personal information, a lack of criminal records, and the ability to opt-out / remove records.

Get the Guide for Tips, Tools, and
Strategies to Stay Safe Online & IRL

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Listen to conversations with experts and advocates discussing gender-based violence, survivor justice, and safety in the digital age.

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