Are you done with the Internet? Want to delete yourself from it? Well, it is not quite as simple as it should be. Below are some easy steps to follow to do it rightly. If you are here to read this, it’s quite sure that your personal information is public. Public means everywhere everyone knows about you. Facebook revealed that the data of more than 50 million Facebook users found its way into hands of Cambridge Analytica. The most disturbing aspect is that your personal information is open to being grabbed because you have signed up at many places for free services. Some users are choosing ‘nuclear option’ when it comes to online privacy and that deleting and deactivating accounts. Data Breaches, bank fraud, identity theft, every week, we read a fearsome headline about cybercrime. Follow these steps and secure your privacy:
Delete your online accounts
You may have more online accounts than you ever realize. You sign up for all sorts of devices, from Amazon, Netflix to Twitter and Groupon. You might not have downloaded an app in years but Apple, Facebook or Google still have a lot of private information about you. If you really want to delete yourself, then you will have to eliminate these accounts. The easiest method to follow is Account Killer. It is a website that provides direct links to your popular accounts and directions to clean them. Think about which social networking sites you have your profile on. Aside from Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, don’t forget to check Google+ or MySpace? Done forget the Reddit account. Consider the shopping sites too. To get rid of these accounts, Just go to account settings and look for an option to either deactivate, close or remove your account.
Remove yourself from the data collection sites
There are companies out there who are busy in collecting your information. They are known with the name of Databrokers, and they have names like Whitepages.com, Spokeo, PeopleFinder, etc. They are busy engaging data from everything you do online and sell that to the interested parties. Especially for sending that data to interested parties who advertise. You can search for yourself on these sites and get your name deleted. The procedure for opting out from these sites are different and sometimes include physical paperwork. A more natural way to do it is to use a service like DeleteMe.
Remove your information directly from websites
Check your phone thoroughly to make sure that you are not listed online anywhere and get your name removed if you are. If you want to delete old forum post or old embarrassing blog, you need to contact the webmaster of those sites. You can either look at About us or the Contacts section of the site. But sadly, The operators of the private website are under no obligation to remove your posts. Be polite while contacting these sites.
One last but not the least thing, Remember to be patient when the process is ongoing. Don’t expect to get it complete in one day. You also have to accept the fact that there are some things that you will not be able to delete permanently from the Internet.