Although being present in the world of internet has become a necessity nowadays, craving for obscurity is something that almost all of us have experienced at some point. But with the advent of major websites collecting and selling data, this desire of ours may be left unfulfilled. What’s worse is that everything that we search for – our medical history, the movies we like, the movies we dislike, the songs we listen to, the books we read, the news we like reading and even the people we follow or talk with over various platforms – every little intricate detail about our personality is up for grabs on the internet. A scary scenario, right? Well, although we may be deep into this vicious pit of risking our privacy, there are some ways to make this situation better if you are indeed looking to go off the face of the internet. Here are some ways to remove yourself from people search sites:
Delete All Accounts That You Have Created On Any Website
The first thing that you need to do in order to be completely unsearchable is to get rid of all your social media and web service accounts. Think about every social media website or any general website where you have an account. Do not focus only on the big fishes – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram all of these are the popular ones which will surely come to your mind at first. Deleting them is important, but you also need to focus on every other website you have ever signed up for. Here are some steps that may help you –
- Most websites that have sign-up facility also send emails, so check your emails for the names of these websites.
- Make a list.
- Try to remember the ones that do not make the list.
- Thoroughly go through your history.
- After making a complete list, visit these websites one by one.
To get your freedom from these accounts, go to the account settings page of these websites and search for the option to deactivate or delete your account. If you have any difficulty with a specific account, try looking it up online. Just search, “How to delete the *name of the website on which the account is which needs to be deleted*” You will find guidance on deleting that specific account.
Eliminate Yourself from Information Collection Websites
There are corporations that amass your info. They are known as, ‘data brokers’. These so-called brokers of data practice selling and buying of user information. In some cases, they sell private information of millions of users to offshore companies. Selling data to advertising companies and national corporations was still tolerable but imagine some Russian reading your midnight search habits. Outrageous!
Some of these data brokers are called, ‘Spokeo’, ‘Whitepages.com’ and ‘PeopleFinder’. There are hundreds of such data collecting and selling websites. Dealing with such websites personally is an option. You will have to manually search for each website and then request to get your name deleted from them. However, doing so may involve some paperwork. There is an easier way out – using a service like ‘DeleteMe’ at a website called ‘Abine.com’. For approximately $130 per year affiliation, the provision will hurdle through all those dull websites for you. It will also keep checking every alternate month to be sure that your name has not popped up again on these data broker websites.
While going through this procedure what you have to keep in mind is that you need to be persistent about it. Do not guess that you will be able to complete it in a few hours. Losing hope just after trying for only a few hours won’t help you. You need to be prepared as it may and will take days to achieve.
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