Are you concerned about having your name, picture, location, personal data scattered all over the internet? Of course there are concerns that your data could be easily extracted from the internet.
The question is, is it possible to completely get away from a situation where your photos are pinned on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter; where your private messages are stored somewhere? Here is a detailed guide on how to delete oneself from the internet.
It is just somewhat impossible to remove everything about you. Some of this information is stored permanently in cloud. Getting to remove them can prove to be an impossible task.
The best way to minimize your traces online is to minimize the websites you visit, where you sign up, either to receive newsletters social platforms, gaming sites. Just make sure you maintain a low profile online
The following websites can be used to delete your online presence.
- Who Is Hosting This
Be reminded that these websites do not have access or authority to delete an account from another website directly.
Deseat.me gets out all sites that have your profile and then shows you how to delete them, by giving a direct link to such sites where you can then go ahead with the deletion.
Further steps to take
- Give false and misleading information about yourself on accounts you cannot delete.
- Search for yourself on every major search engine you can use.
Examples of some search engines are Google, Bing, DuckDuckGo, Yahoo, Baidu, Ask etc. Log in on all accounts displayed from the search engine and deactivate your account. Different sites have different methods to do this, as well as how to recover a password if you have forgotten.
- Use Google Url removal tool (Delete your search results)
- You can delete results from the search you made about yourself.
Make a delete request to Webmasters
If you cannot delete your detail contact the page admin to do that for you. This might take a while; some Webmasters will even decline your request.
Remove your email from Mailing List and Feed burners
At the end of each mail, especially promotional emails, there is an option to unsubscribe from that list, click on it and remove your mail from such list.
Deactivate your primary social accounts
These include Facebook, LinkedIn, Google Plus, Instagram.
Each of these platforms has its way to delete an account. Basically, this can be found in the settings of the account.
Try to maintain a low profile online. Seek for professional legal help on defamatory information about you. Use anonymous search engines like Duckduck Go.