Have You Been Wondering How to Remove Yourself from the Internet?

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Maybe this whole NSA debacle has you feeling a bit over-exposed, or maybe you’ve decided that no good can come from having your information “out there”; whatever. Removing yourself from the internet is a daunting task, but Gizmodo has just published a guide that will at least get you started. Can you guess what will have to go first?

Oh, I think you already know … all of your beloved social networks, starting with Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn. Step by step instructions are included on removing yourself, but it can take up to a month (maybe more!) for your information to truly self-destruct.

The Giz article includes links for services that will let you know how to deactivate other online accounts you may have, including one for Knowem, which “finds sites that you may have forgotten about entirely by doing a username search on more that 500 popular social sites.” Actually, running a search through Knowem might be a good idea, even if you don’t plan on deleting yourself. You never know what you might have signed up for at some point, and it’s good to keep your online accounts under control and managed (as much as that is actually possible to do, natch).

Are you ready to get started? Check out How to Erase Yourself From the Internet. And if you have any other tips for removing your online presence, leave them in the comments below. Of course, that will only serve to continue that presence that you might (or might not) be trying so hard to erase!


About the Author

Judie Lipsett Stanford
I've had a fascination with all types of gadgets and gizmos since I was a child, beginning with the toy robot that my grandmother gave my brother - which I promptly "relieved him of" in 1973. I'm a self-professed gadget magpie. I can't tell you how everything works, but I'm known world-wide for using a product until I have a full understanding of what it does, what its limitations are, and if it excels in any given area — or not.