Ways to delete yourself from the internet
When people find out that their private data is online, things like first and last names, home addresses, cell phone numbers, former spouse names, former addresses and relative names, they immediately want to find out how to delete this information. In some instances, this is a very simple process. You can go to the website and simply request that the data be removed. Many legitimate companies will take the data down if you specifically tell them that you are not comfortable with it or that you feel it is an invasion of your privacy. In other situations, such as old social media accounts, websites you joined, blogs you wrote, etc. you can go through these one-by-one and literally delete the old accounts. This will significantly reduce the amount of random information that is out there about you online. When is the last time you actually used MyLife? Not in a very long time. Maybe you had a blog five years ago, and the thought never occurred to you to get rid of it after you decided you didn’t want to be a bigger after all. All these things can be effectively removed fairly easily. Other information, such as medical records, court records, high school and college data, loans, house tax data, and especially other government records will not be removed, and you cannot get them removed. This is what is called “public domain,” information. Which means that if you have a traffic fine or own a car, some of this information can be obtained online? However, keep in mind, even the government has an obligation to protect individual privacy and so cannot post things like your license plate number, or driver’s license numbers or home address. Tax information, though is often associated with your name, and this info is posted online with your address. It is well contained on county website though,
Other information, such as data that comes from your open emails accounts, such as Gmail, yahoo mail and others, can also be deleted; however, most people will not take this step as they still use the accounts frequently. However, if you don’t use the accounts and instead use one from your ISP, work or business, then close them also. This will also reduce your digital footprint. You can also use a VPN which give you a certain amount of privacy online. VPNs are particularly useful if you surf the internet from public WIFI such as those offered at Starbucks or Barnes & Noble. These are not secure and using a VPN will keep hackers from easily hijacking your data while you use an open WIFI. At home or work, if your network is secure and you have password protection set up, your data should be safe. Even with a secure network, many people use a VPN for an added level of privacy and data protection.
Data brokers and background check websites will also remove your data if you go through some trouble to request the removal and sometimes submit identity verification. If this is too much work for you and you don’t have the time, patience or energy, you can find a personal data removal company to do this for you. There are many who offer extended and personalized services, so take these things into consideration when shopping for a good internet search service to use.
If you have questions about personal data removal, talk to the team at Wiperts.