At first, staying anonymous on the Internet was convenient. Many people did not use the real name of their domain during the 1990s. In the now-famous “on the Internet, nobody knows you’re a human,” the New Yorker even joked about it.
This is no longer true with the introduction of Web 2.0, social media and any other web-based Big Data anti-privation technology. Not only will people know that you have a dog, they will sell things that dogs like with targeted ads!
The Internet will always remember
Many of us signed up without giving too much thought when the social web first started to take shape. The fair match is MySpace, Twitter and yes, even Google Plus. We have also registered to all manner of apps and services. Some of them were short-lived fads only.
Which means that from that point on, your entire world can be digged if someone likes. Not only by malware and national surveillance, but also by anybody with Google as we log our lives freely.
You can be sure that people can find you on the Internet and look at your information every time you apply for a new job or engage in any public activity. You’ll see the pictures you ever attended every Friday night’s party. Each move in bad taste is sticking around to be dug up.
Methods to leave no personal trace on the Internet
The one-stop method
So you want to have no details about yourself being left on the Internet. Many people don’t want to delete themselves entirely from the Internet. In that scenario, the searching outcomes or pages you want are better targeted. We are going to talk about the different methods below.
You have something called ‘the right to be lost’ if you are a member of the EU, which means you can legally ask to have information about you on the public web deleted. Nonetheless, it is not clear how you really ought to exercise this right.
Here is where the forget.me can play its role. This platform is a one-stop resource that will assist you conveniently to make Google and Bing requests which you are expected to satisfy lawfully. We’ll get to what you can do a bit later for those of us outside the area of legal protection.
A new service named Deseatme is available now as well. This site looks for linked accounts and offers delete and withdrawal connections in one location. What’s provided by this site is especially helpful for monitoring programs you just can’t remember that you have signed them.
The method to delete your account on social media
If nothing else, the elimination of your social media accounts could be a good idea. They contain many very personal information that can return and bite you in many ways.
Make sure that your password is set to the most stringent privacy standards before you uninstall a social media account. Unfriend or de-link all of the accounts linked. So it is marked as non-public if any content persists.
Turn off the program, except the one you are using, on all computers and browsers. Why does this happen? Since websites in social media are designed to draw your attentions. If a computer logs into your account, the delete code will be reset and your account will be disabled.
You’re always going to have a lot of cajoling, stories of all your friends and memories, etc. There can also be a lengthy window period for a permanent deletion. For instance, I have been advised that it would take thirty days before my Twitter account was eventually withdrawn. I’d have to resume all over again if I signed in before. So be careful, it can be quite tenting.
Make use of the webmaster
You can seek to order the removal directly through your webmaster if there is a website that has information about you but you do not want to.
Many pages have a point of contact for the webmaster that manages the site and you may have your personal details deleted without it if it’s a malicious domain. You may query search engines to stop bringing a link to the site, which I will clarify next if they do not want to comply.
Remove your information from Google
For those people outside of the EU, the legal right to delete information about you is not always legal. That’s not that Bing or Google will not work with search engines if you query them, however. You just don’t have to.
You can use the Content removal from Google if you want to erase content under a specific law.
You can go to the Delete Info page if it is a search results you like.
It may take long to get answers to these requests. So don’t worry too much about it.
To validate the outcome
It can take time to take place due to encryption and other web technology features when you are demanding content and information about your private life to be eliminated from the Network.
The easiest way of seeing if there are still answers is to apply the “incognito mode” of the browser and then check for yourself on Google or Bing. That should give you an appreciation of what other people see when they are trying to find you on the Internet.
Recall that online anonymity is a method and a mental attitude. You should also think about using a VPN to mask where you are and what you are doing. VPNs can not only help you to unblock websites, but also secure your personal information. Don’t become an information robbery victim. We are all worth more than that.