Erasing your digital trace from the World Wide Web can seem overwhelming.
In our smartphone-obsessed digital age, we effectively live our entire lives online, which makes us increasingly vulnerable to unseen threats. Cyber crime, fraud and identity theft are exponentially growing concerns. Our personal lives, locations, and increasingly our passwords are made public online for anyone to find. If the highly invasive Investigatory Powers Bill (aka the Snooper’s Charter) isn’t blocked, then every single digital move you make will be recorded for up to 12 months. Also, infinite junk mails.
But erasing your digital trace from the World Wide Web can seem overwhelming, especially since each person has on average 1,000,000,000 preferences, passwords, subscriptions and linked accounts. So how would you go about tracking them all down? Swedish developers, Wille Dahlbo and Linus Unnebäck with the easy-assemble, Ikea-style approach, have created Deseat.me, which allows you to log in with a Google account, and immediately see which apps and services are linked to it. The genius part is, instead of having to search all those accounts separately, the site links you directly to the relevant unsubscribe page for that service. It’s easy, efficient, and free. Unfortunately, as of now, the service is only available for accounts and subscriptions linked to Google, which leaves your Hotmail, Yahoo and AOL-related content untouched. For a similar service, you can use Just Delete Me or Account Killer, both massive directories of links to delete account pages. However, these are only effective when you know the accounts you have.
Here are some helpful hacks to help you digitally:
— Source: www.indy100.uk