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If you’re using the internet, it’s one hundred percent certain that your private data is accessible to everyone and at every point of the world. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to delete every byte of your information, though it is possible to reduce it for companies. Eric Franklin prepared some techniques for CNET on how to delete yourself from the internet. 

We should warn you: deleting your data from the internet can impact negatively on your communications with a potential employer.

  • Remove your shopping, social, and web service accounts

The task might be complicated as it seems, but recollect all social networks with your personal profiles. Besides the most popular social networks like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram, some of you might have been using Tumblr, Google+, or even MySpace at some point in the past. Try to think about all the shopping sites you’ve registered on. Check your information on Amazon, Gap.com, Macys.com, and others.

Using a service like DeleteMe can make removing yourself from the internet less of a headache. Image credit: cnet.com

You can examine your profile’s settings if there’s a deactivation tab so you can close or delete your profile. Just spend some time to search for it under Security or Privacy fields.

If you get a problem when trying to remove your account, try to search online for “How to delete … account”, filling in the name of the social network you wish to delete. 

When this method doesn’t lead to success, try to trick the site and change your information on something randomly chosen. 

  • Delete your personal information from data collection sites

There are companies on the internet that absorb your personal data. These companies are data brokers and you should know the common names: Spokeo, Whitepages.com, PeopleFinder, and plenty more. Third-parties pay these companies to collect your information about everything you do on the internet with the aim to sell you stuff you don’t need at all.

You can take a minute’s rest from reading and try to find yourself on these sites; however removing your information is not a user-friendly process. Every site has its own peculiarities for deleting your details and some of them demand bureaucracy to issue information to its owner.

DeleteMe is the most common way to do it. Paying $129/year, the service will shutter all the trouble-making processes. Moreover, it’ll scan those sites to ensure your information hasn’t been brought back to life.

We should warn you: when removing your information from data broker sites, you’ll also vanish from Google search results so it’ll be harder for people to contact you. 

  • Remove your data straight away from websites

If you have an old telephone number you should contact your phone company or cell provider to assure your name is not recorded online and ask them to delete your name if you are. 

We all have some old forum, posts, or blogs that make us feel ashamed. To delete all evidence of your teenaged years, you should talk to the webmaster of the site individually. Every official website will have such tabs as About us or Contact where you can find the right person to help you resolve the question. You can also visit www.whois.com to find the domain name you wish to contact. 

However, this advice can connect you with a person who isn’t responsible for post removals. Be sure to find the right point of contact with this person and explain accurately why the post should be removed.

  • Send a legal request to Google to remove your information from websites

This process is time- and nerve-consuming, but if you know that your private data, such as a Social Security number or a bank account number, is lurking on the net you should do it. When a website operator refuses to delete your info you can send a legal request to Google for it to delete the information.

You may have to exercise Google’s legal powers to get your personal information removed from a stubborn site. Image credit: cnet.com

There’s no guarantee that the process will be successful, but do you have any options at hand?

  •  Remove cached search results

Google’s URL removal tool is handy for erasing evidence of past mistakes from the internet. Image credit: cnet.com

Sometimes your outdated personal information can be cached on Google’s servers, so you ought to use this instrument to get rid of cached data. You can submit the URL to Google and sit with crossed fingers for blessings, because there’s no guarantee that Google will remove data. The lack of reasons can be an explanation why they are not deleting old info, but it’s better to try than treat yourself for paranoia.

  • Your email is the last target on the list to achieve success 

The result of this step depends on the type of email account you have, so the removal procedure can be different.

Sign into your account and in the settings find the tab to delete or close your profile. Some of the services can leave your account untouched for several days, so you can change your mind and activate it again. It’s important to remove your email address as the closing step to be sure you won’t receive important notices from previous steps to the account.

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