[accesscomp] Fw: How to Delete Yourself from the Internet, Dan's Tip for July 30 2013

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  • Date: Tue, 30 Jul 2013 08:17:49 -0700

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From: dan Thompson 
To: dan Thompson 
Sent: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 5:25 AM
Subject: How to Delete Yourself from the Internet, Dan's Tip for July 30 2013

How to Delete Yourself from the Internet
I don't think you can totally delete yourself from the internet, but this 
Wikihow article covers most of the ways it's possible. :)



Introduction:  Seeking to escape the internet? While online notoriety thrills 
some people, for others, it can become a great burden. Erasing yourself 
completely is not always possible, but if you follow these steps, you can 
certainly come close.


*Step 1.  Have a good think about it

Think this through very carefully before proceeding. Much of what is suggested 
below cannot be  undone. This means that you will lose information, forfeit any 
marketable presence that you've  developed online, and in some cases, you'll 
even lose the opportunity to restart your account using  the same name or even 
the same email address. These are drastic measures and should be treated as  


Consider what is driving your wish to delete yourself completely. Is it a 
cyberstalker? Is it a single bad experience? Or are you just fed up with its 
pervasiveness in your life? Be sure you fully understand the issue before 
diving in.


Are there other ways around the problem, such as changing your online name or 
using a different email account from your normal one? For example, if your 
current email address has some unsavory online associations, can you create a 
separate one that you use purely for professional transactions like sending 
resumes, creating business profiles, etc.? 


Realize that you might not even remember all the sites you've joined, created, 
participated in, etc.


*Step 2.  Delete accounts. As already noted, it's possible that you've joined 
up to more sites than you'll ever remember. The more well-known the site, 
however, the better it is to remove yourself from it when trying to disappear 
from the internet. This won't necessarily resolve "deep web" memory of you but 
it's a good start. The following list is provided to help make it easier for 
you to know how to start ridding yourself of the principal sites: 

Each link below leads to an article explaing how to achieve the deletion.

Delete yourself from Facebook   



Delete yourself from Twitter 



Delete yourself from YouTube 



Delete yourself from LinkedIn 



Delete yourself from Flickr 



Delete yourself from StumbleUpon 



Delete yourself from MySpace 



Delete yourself from PayPal 



Delete yourself from eBay and any other online auction sites 



Delete yourself from Craigslist and any other local advertising groups. 



Delete yourself from your Alma Maters (school, college, and university). Only 
do this if you're no longer enrolled. 



Delete yourself from game sites. Remove all your information from all game 
sites. Yes, that includes all the virtual items you've won and hoarded all 
those years. Give it away to people you know want the stuff, if the site 
permits it. 





Close associated accounts. Associated sites, such as Hootsuite, Tweetdeck, 
etc., are third-party applications that helped you to use your social 
networking accounts. Don't forget about these. 







*Step3.  Weasel your way out of undeletable accounts. Some sites don't allow 
full deletion, forcing you to merely "deactivate" (while your information stays 
in the system) or abandon your account. If there is a real reason for removal 
(such as witness protection), contact the site's owner or engineers; at the 
very least, you should be able to get a name change to cover your real 
identity. However, if you can't get anyone to intervene on your behalf, there's 
another way of dissociating: 

o    Remove every last scrap of information about yourself from the account. If 
leaving certain fields blank isn't an option (or you still suspect that your 
info is being saved somewhere), overwrite it with clearly fake (Dingus 
Oppenheimer IV) or hopelessly general (John Smith) info. (There's no need to 
associate some other poor sucker with your abandoned page.) Note that if you 
try to provide a different email address, the site will email it to confirm, 
meaning nonexistent addresses are out of the question. This brings us to our 
next step. 

o    Create a new email account with a free email provider. The more unlikely 
the username, the better. (Ex.: jr7_9!4dkl@xxxxxxxxxxxx. More on this in a 
minute.) Be sure to provide fake info here as well. Don't close this page; if 
your address is as weird as it should be, you might not be able to find it 

o    Associate the undeletable account with this new email address. Confirm the 
new email address when prompted. Once it goes through, make sure your real 
email address no longer appears anywhere in this account. 

o    Cancel your new email address. Your undeletable account is now associated 
with an address that no longer exists. There's always a chance that one day, 
someone else who has since chosen the exact username jr7_9!4dkl@xxxxxxxxxxxx 
will also try to create an account with the site you've just dissociated from 
and end up very, very confused, but it probably shouldn't keep you up nights. 



*Step4.  Close your personal sites. If you have created sites on the internet, 
you will need to remove them completely. Some of the sites you might have 

o    Blogs. If you had a popular blog, keep in mind that snippets of it are 
probably already scattered throughout the internet. There's nothing you can do 
about this. 

o    Blogs within sites. Many sites offer blogs as part of joining; don't 
forget these if you have started any. 

o    Groups like Ning, Gro.ups, Yahoo Groups, etc. Your ability to shut these 
down might be dependent on the participation of others. 

1.   Forum posts. This is likely t 

o    Yahoo 

o    Bing 

o    White Pages 

o    US Search 

o    Intelius 

o    Yahoo People Search 

o    Acxiom 

o    People Finder 

o    Zaba Search 



o    o be next-to-impossible for many sites, but do your best. 

o    Articles that you have added to article mill sites. Your ability to remove 
these will be dependent on the terms and conditions of those sites. 


*step5.  Check with your phone company to make sure you're not listed online. 
If you are, ask them to remove your details completely. Ditto for any other 
customer databases that might cause your name and details to be online. 


*Step6.  Cancel all mailing lists. This should be fairly straightforward as 
usually the method for unsubscribing is in the body of each email, often with a 
direct link. Follow the individual instructions given. If you can't find such 
instructions, contact the site administrators directly. 


*Step7.  Delete search engine returns that feature you. Run searches on 
variations of your name or online name(s) to find anything you may have 
forgotten about and remove it manually. Remember, search engines also cache old 
sites, pages, and information -- including mentions of you -- that have since 
changed or been deleted; since it's not in a search engine's best interest to 
provide outdated results, these will generally go away by themselves with time. 
In some instances, however, you will need to contact search engines directly 
for the trickier removals. Be aware that removing yourself from search engines 
can be fairly detailed work that sometimes involves paperwork in the real world 
(ex. faxes, etc., to confirm your real identity). Major search engines and 
people search engines that you will probably want to look through include: 


Google (read how to ungoogle yourself) 




o    Bing 

o    White Pages 

o    US Search 

o    Intelius 

o    Yahoo People Search 

o    Acxiom 

o    People Finder 

o    Zaba Search 


1.   *Step8.  Stay polite. While you might be motivated by anger, fear, or 
irritation, don't let this come across in your tone and attitude if contacting 
website managers. They're human and will respond to reasonable requests couched 
in reasonable terms. If you're looking for a name removal because you're job 
searching, tell them; this at least lets them know you have a genuine reason. 
Avoid shouting, threatening legal action (unless you mean it, and only after 
they prove uncooperative), or generally being a bad sport. 




*Step9.  Consider using a professional company to remove your details from the 
internet. If contacting the myriad search engines one-by-one overwhelms you 
(and it is a very daunting prospect), you might be able to use a professional 
service to do the work for you. Of course, you will need to pay but it might be 
worth it if your reasons for removal are pressing. Look for a service that: 

o    Is able to remove you from the "deep web" rather than just the obvious 

o    If possible, has agreements in place with data source providers. 



*Step10.  Cancel your email account. If you're going to this extreme, the 
method for deletion will depend on  whether you're using a paid-for service or 
a free-roaming service on the web. Be sure to hold off  on deleting your email 
account until the end; you'll probably need it to do most of the other steps  
listed here. 

If free (e.g., Gmail, Hotmail, etc.), cancel following the site's instructions.

If paid for, contact the relevant company for instructions. Even web-based paid 
mail should have  live people to contact.

Some free email accounts self-delete with lack of use.

Always check that you're not throwing away any vital information that you want 
to keep before you  delete your account. Transfer all materials you need to a 
memory stick or other storage facility.



*Step11.  Clean up your computer. 

Remove all internet history, cookies, etc.

Remove the internet program if you're really adamant.

Remove your computer if you're going "cold technology".

*Step12.  You've done as much as you can - now move on!  Shrug off what you 
can't remove. There may be some things that you can't do anything about. In 
that  case, it is probably best to just accept that reality as you move on. If 
instances of your online  come back to haunt you, you could always try denying 
that it's you -- especially if you have a  common name! Be forewarned that the 
following instances of your online presence will be very hard  to erase: 

a.  Mentions of you in news items,  blog posts , audio files, etc.


b.  Interviews you've given to  newspapers , radio stations, etc.


c.  Comments you have left here, there, and everywhere.


d.  Photos of you in other people's online albums.


e.  Photos you've taken that have ended up on other people's websites and blogs.


f.  Government-sourced information that is considered appropriate to keep 
publicly available (except  where a process is in place to remove such 





o    Bing 

o    White Pages 

o    US Search 

o    Intelius 

o    Yahoo People Search 

o    Acxiom 

o    People Finder 

o    Zaba Search 





Today's Bible verse of the day is ... 
Isaiah 40:29
He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. 

Today's Inspiring Thought: Power for the Faint

In this verse, Isaiah was speaking to believers who were living in captivity, 
yet ones who had remained faithful to God. In spite of our commitment to the 
Lord, sometimes we grow weary and powerless as we face difficult circumstances. 
It's usually because we forget that we can never serve and obey God in our own 

We must trust and depend fully on him in every situation. We must wait for his 
strength to fill us when we become faint. Daily, hourly, and minute by minute, 
let God renew your strength. 

Prayer: Lord Jesus, you are the Resurrection and the Life. Strengthen my faith 
and hope in your promises that I may radiate the joy of the gospel to others.  
In the name of Jesus our Lord and Savior we pray, Amen!




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