Have you ever been a bit too eager to share or sign up for something on the internet?
Are you starting to regret the fact that every major government and business entity probably has your email address, phone number, shopping habits, political affiliation, etc?
Well, unless you already have an appointment booked with The Eraser:
You might need to take care of the problem yourself.
Luckily, there are a few options out there for you.
The site justdelete.me provides a list of links to help you delete your accounts at various web services, sorted by how hard they’ll be to scrub.
If you’re looking to just shell out some cash and let someone else handle it, DeleteMe (not to be confused with justdelete.me) will do the job and send you a report every three months for around $100 per year:
Or, if you’re looking for a good DIY walk-through, the folks at Who Is Hosting This have created a handy-dandy step-by-step guide on how to make yourself disappear.
Afterwards, you’ll have to change your online habits and behavior in order to stay “off the grid,” but, by the time you get done with step nine, you’ll have done so much work to disappear that you’ll be really invested in keeping your data to yourself.
If you’re hard-core enough to delete yourself once, you’ll have no problem keeping off the grid.
That’s not to say it’ll be easy.
You won’t even have an email address.
Maybe most of us don’t feel the need for such a thorough scrub, but it’s probably a good idea to take a scroll through and see all of the ways your information is collected.
Pretty intense, right?
Let us know if you decide to do any scrubbing, change your online habits, or just keep on trucking the way you always have by leaving a comment below!
h/t: IFL Science