Do you want to clear or completely delete personal information from the internet? Are you looking for a way to disconnect from the internet? While some people like their internet celebrity, it may be a huge hardship for others.
Although totally erasing yourself is not always possible, you may use this wikiHow to delete the most of your personal data from the internet and social networking apps.
If you don’t want to delete your accounts, think about other options.
Because most of these actions are irreversible, you will lose information, any marketable online presence you’ve built, and, in some situations, the ability to reestablish your account under the same name.
Is there any other method to get around the problem, such as altering your online identity or using a new email account? If your existing email address has some shady web associations, for example, you can create a new one to use solely for professional activities such as sending resumes and applying for scholarships.
If you’re concerned about past tweets, instead of deleting your entire account, consider deleting all of your tweets.
If you’re attempting to keep safe from a cyberstalker, see How to Deal with Stalkers for advice.
If you have an issue with false or defamatory information about you appearing on the internet, seek legal assistance in your jurisdiction.
Finding out what information is exposed to others is the easiest approach to figure out which information you’ll need to erase. Put your name in quote marks while searching Google to view just results that are relevant to your name. Make a list of all the websites where your name can be found.
You can ask Google to remove obsolete content from their search results regardless of your location. The only stipulation is that you must have either deleted or modified the information to the point that Google’s version is no longer accurate. https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/removals?pli=1 is the URL for the removal tool.
Delete your social media and gaming accounts.
Because of how popular social networking and gaming services have become, these are often the first locations where people will look for you online. It may be difficult to recall all of your accounts over the years, but deleting yourself from the most well-known sites is a good place to start. This will not necessarily resolve your “deep web” memory, but it is a start.
Remove your name from data broker websites.
If you’re over the age of 18, you’ve probably come across some Google results for your name on various people search websites (e.g., Spokeo, InstantCheckmate, Intelius). These sites buy your personal data and sell it to the general public, sometimes for a price. The good thing is that you can usually unsubscribe from such websites without too much difficulty.
Here are a few basic resources to get you started:
https://www.intelius.com/optout Intelius: https://www.intelius.com/optout
Spokeo’s opt-out page is here: https://www.spokeo.com/optout
Make sure you’re not listed online with your phone carrier. If this is the case, request that your information be totally removed.
Cancel your payment and shopping accounts.
Other users can see public copies of your profile on sites like eBay and Amazon, and that information may be easy to find in search engines. You should obviously remove those accounts, but you can also erase your payment accounts like PayPal and Venmo if you want to go even farther.
Weasel your way out of undeletable accounts.
Some websites don’t enable you to completely delete your account, instead allowing you to “deactivate” it (while your data remains in the system) or abandon it. If you need to remove your account for a serious legal or safety cause, contact the site’s owner or engineers; at the absolute least, you should be able to seek a name change to hide your true identity. If you are unable to persuade someone to act on your behalf, consider the following steps:
Log in and clear up all of your personal data: If leaving certain fields blank isn’t an option, choose a plainly fictitious name like Dingus Oppenheimer IV or John Smith. Do this for all of your undeletable accounts, and make sure to change the information on each one so they can’t be linked. If you try to use a different email address, the site will send you an email to validate it, so nonexistent addresses are out. Now we can move on to the next phase.
Create an unidentifiable email address with a free email host if you don’t already have one, and make sure the address you choose doesn’t contain any information that can be used to identify you.
Once you’ve created a new anonymous email address, confirm it by adding it to your undeletable profile. Once it’s done, double-check that your genuine email address isn’t listed anywhere in this account.
Consider paying a professional.
There are companies that specialize in data cleanup if you’re having problems or if the work seems too daunting. These services are not free, but if your reasons for removal are urgent, the payment may be justified.