How to Erase Yourself From the Internet


If the constant barrage of news about data breaches, hacks, and privacy problems has made you wary about the internet, then maybe you've wondered if it's even possible to remove yourself from the Web entirely. Well, it may not be easy, but Lifehacker put together this list of things the average person can do to remove themselves.,

  • Delete your social network accounts. This includes sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and anywhere else you’re using your real name.
  • Remove unwanted search results. Once social media is gone, there's still likely to be some content about you online. First, use Google to find out where you are showing up. Then, contact each source directly to remove your name. Then, appeal to the search engines directly and ask them to remove your content. 
  • Get rid of background check, criminal, and public record results. Now it's time to opt out of people search sites like Whitepages, Spokeo, Intelius, and Family Tree Now, by either contacting directly or using a pay service like DeleteMe. 
  • Remove any usernames attached to an email address with your name. Go to any web forums where you may have posted and ask the moderators to delete any posts that identify you personally. Essentially, cut any ties between your email address or name with your username.
  • Stay off search engines without going offline by remaining anonymous. Since you will still want to use the internet, create a new email address on a service like Gmail or Outlook with a pseudonym. Fake Name Generator is a great way to come up with a new identity complete with a birthdate, job, zodiac sign, and more.

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