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Wanna Delete Yourself From The Internet?
www.justdelete.me ^ | unknown | Staff

Posted on 08/25/2013 10:19:18 PM PDT by Windflier

Many companies use dark pattern techniques to make it difficult to find how to delete your account. JustDelete.me aims to be a directory of urls to enable you to easily delete your account from web services.


TOPICS: Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: deleteme; internet; privacy; sourcetitlenoturl
I ran into this in an article on a site from which we Freepers aren't allowed to excerpt articles. I thought it might be a useful tool to some who've given up trying to delete their accounts in places they no longer wish to be.
1 posted on 08/25/2013 10:19:18 PM PDT by Windflier
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To: Windflier

Ya know, if I wanted to take over an account from someone via deceit, I’d offer to delete it for them. After all, they assume it is deleted and never check there again. I change some values, re-route notices to my email, etc. Just sayin ...


2 posted on 08/25/2013 10:26:33 PM PDT by NonValueAdded ("When there is no penalty for failure, failures proliferate." George F. Will)
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To: Windflier

I used to have students search for their name in quotation marks (Exact phrase) to see how many times they could find themselves on the internet. Many were amazed so much of the information on sites like these was actually nearly public information.

The real surprise came when I had parents Google their children’s name

It is a good idea to delete any thing you can from any site you don’t plan to visit any longer


3 posted on 08/25/2013 10:28:28 PM PDT by Fai Mao (Genius at Large)
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To: Windflier
facehawk
4 posted on 08/25/2013 10:40:35 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Windflier

The problem is finding all those old accounts you don’t use anymore (and therefore may not remember). Those are the ones I’d prefer to be able to “delete”.


5 posted on 08/25/2013 10:49:26 PM PDT by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
Currently Listening To: Big Data
6 posted on 08/25/2013 10:49:39 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Windflier

Funny how there’s a “try our new Chrome extension” on top when google is in direct cahoots with the NSA. From the guys who gave you “Do Not Track Me” (for cookies), DeleteMe https://www.abine.com/deleteme/landing.php seems to be better as I know some guys who used it.


7 posted on 08/25/2013 10:55:45 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company after the election, & laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: Windflier

Please delete me, let me go, for I don’t want you anymore


8 posted on 08/25/2013 11:00:54 PM PDT by jobim (.)
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To: Fai Mao

What about sites like intelius, etc. which mine data about you and then put it all together in an easy-to-find-out-everything-about-you packet? If you Google your name, you can find out your age, address, phone number, etc. which you never posted, but which was tapped from public information. I would love to delete myself from all those type of sites.


9 posted on 08/25/2013 11:27:07 PM PDT by EinNYC
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To: jobim

...delete me and let me live again...


10 posted on 08/25/2013 11:38:30 PM PDT by null and void (Frequent terrorist attacks OR endless government snooping and oppression? We can have both!)
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To: null and void

No Shiite man...


12 posted on 08/25/2013 11:46:52 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Little Pig

The sites that I am concerned with are the “dead” ones, like sympatico. One day, we’re all chatting like a bunch of schoolgirls, and suddenly all our input “vanishes”...

The ONLY online photo of my beloved Muttley is there, obviously never to be seen by such mere mortals as I.


13 posted on 08/26/2013 12:04:21 AM PDT by Don W (Know what you WANT. Know what you NEED. Know the DIFFERENCE!)
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To: jobim

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-EHXPoF5iM


14 posted on 08/26/2013 3:24:20 AM PDT by WKB
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To: WKB

bookmark


15 posted on 08/26/2013 3:31:46 AM PDT by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: Windflier

For later


16 posted on 08/26/2013 4:53:44 AM PDT by STJPII
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To: Windflier
Add-ons that help browsers block Web trackers

https://windowssecrets.com/newsletter/add-ons-that-help-browsers-block-web-trackers

That article discusses DoNotTrackMe, Ghostery, and Disconnect.

I use all 3 with Firefox. They each have advantages over the other two. Some may miss items the others find. Of course, none are 100%.

17 posted on 08/26/2013 5:14:56 AM PDT by TomGuy (.)
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To: Windflier

BFL


18 posted on 08/26/2013 6:36:47 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (So Obama "inherited" a mess? Firemen "inherit" messes too. Ever see one put gasoline on it?)
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To: Windflier; rdb3; Calvinist_Dark_Lord; Salo; JosephW; Only1choice____Freedom; amigatec; ...

19 posted on 08/26/2013 6:54:08 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: ShadowAce

Easy just piss off the NSA and you can be made a non-person quickly

:p


20 posted on 08/26/2013 7:07:19 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: Windflier

Bflr


21 posted on 08/26/2013 7:11:21 AM PDT by Manic_Episode (Some days...it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps....)
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To: jobim

groan....


22 posted on 08/26/2013 8:15:50 AM PDT by tubebender (Evening news is where they begin with "Good Evening," and then proceed to tell you why it isn't.)
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To: Don W

This is why I regularly archive off all my FR traffic.


23 posted on 08/26/2013 8:40:44 AM PDT by null and void (Frequent terrorist attacks OR endless government snooping and oppression? We can have both!)
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To: TomGuy
I had Ghostery but lately I've found that Firefox started loading additional tabs very slowly.

Eventually I had to remove Ghostery, completely uninstall Firefox, delete all vestiges of Firefox from the computer, and then reinstall it. The lagging finally quit but I'm fearful of putting Ghostery back on because of the same thing happening again.

24 posted on 08/26/2013 9:10:21 AM PDT by ducttape45
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To: ducttape45

New versions of Firefox create as many problems as it resolves.

I have read of some problems with v23 or whatever that latest is.

I primarily run v15, because later versions conflicted with Adobe Flash and would not download PDF files. Many of the extensions don’t work with later versions and many developers gave up trying to keep up.

Mozilla has taken a good browser and basically wrecked it with their rapid release insanity.


25 posted on 08/26/2013 9:36:09 AM PDT by TomGuy (.)
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To: TomGuy
I have FF 15 on all my other computers but the one I'm typing on now, and I'm ready to roll it back to 15 on this one as well. If FF keeps going down this road, it kind of makes you wonder where we can turn to for a good web browser.

I have used Maxthon in the past and I use it now for job hunting. I use IE for logging into government websites (since I am a federal employee I can use a common access card at home) and into FB to chat with family, and Firefox for everything else.

What else is out there except for Safari and Opera?

26 posted on 08/26/2013 1:56:10 PM PDT by ducttape45
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To: Windflier; ShadowAce
"Delete yourself from the internet"? Best of freakin' luck with that assignment, Bucko.

You'll have better luck learning to fly by flapping your arms and jumping off a cliff.

The only way I know of to truly get yourself off the internet is to disappear one day and tell NO ONE, take a new name (don't change it legally), lose all your contacts, family, friends, history, bank accounts, material assets.... start over from scratch....

And then stay the hell off the internet!!! Otherwise you're gonna start it all over again by looking your old self up, and inadvertently creating a link to your new self. Dumb, dumb, dumb, ...

27 posted on 08/26/2013 5:12:16 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: dayglored
"Delete yourself from the internet"? Best of freakin' luck with that assignment, Bucko. You'll have better luck learning to fly by flapping your arms and jumping off a cliff.

You weren't supposed to take the title literally...

28 posted on 08/26/2013 5:28:41 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Windflier
> You weren't supposed to take the title literally...

Well, sure, I was having a little fun there... sort of....

Fact is, I was describing my own situation. I'm totally screwed. I've been active on the internet since the 80's, VAX mail at Cornell, CompuServe, bought my first domains and built my first websites in 1996 using Emacs and Mosaic. I still have the same personal email address today that I set up then (independent of ISP), and it's freakin' EVERYWHERE, every spammer's list on the planet, every search engine. I get around 400 spams a day, and thank God for the Barracuda, I only see a handful.

I've got accounts in places most people don't even know exist, accounts I've long since forgotten. Digging back through 15-year old email from vendors is always an adventure ("Hey lookit that! I remember that!").

What's scary is when the old password still works. Back from the days where passwords were stored unencrypted because the internet was a much more innocent place.

I am SO screwed.

*SIGH*

29 posted on 08/26/2013 5:46:16 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: TomGuy

Just as many of the addons merely say they don’t. We have a few that refused to work til we edited the file to not forcibly stop working merely because of the version, and they fine after that was done.


30 posted on 08/26/2013 7:06:00 PM PDT by Fire_on_High (RIP City of Heroes and Paragon Studios, victim of the Obamaconomy.)
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To: ducttape45

Ghostery started using 50% of the CPU on one of my machines. Maybe the same problem. Removed it and went back to Noscript for a somewhat similar purpose. Noscript has additional benefit of freeing memory and improving performance because unwanted scripts are not even loaded.

Usually clearing out the directory where personal Firefox settings are stored fixes these problems but is too much hassle — passwords, etc.


31 posted on 08/26/2013 7:13:09 PM PDT by steve86 (Some things aren't really true but you wouldn't be half surprised if they were.)
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To: steve86
If I'm not mistaken, when I installed the latest version of Ad Block there was a tracking blocker in that now as well.

Ghostery blocked too many things, I feel, and thereby made several webpages not even load. Perhaps it did it's job "too well?" I liked Ghostery, but if it is indeed to blame for slowing my computer down then I won't use it.

32 posted on 08/27/2013 6:31:35 AM PDT by ducttape45
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To: Windflier

Would you mind giving me a little help...I may have over-looked it in the various Sand Box files....how do you make the strike out line ... through a word? Many thanks!

yoe


33 posted on 08/27/2013 10:36:51 AM PDT by yoe ("They Come To America" order it now: http://www.theycometoamerica.com/buy-dvd/)
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To: yoe
< s >strike through< /s >

Like that, just delete the spaces between the brackets. It's "s" for strike, "/s" for end strike.

34 posted on 08/27/2013 10:54:18 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: yoe

Hi Yoe. The HTML for a strikeout looks like this, minus the spaces:

< strike > word < /strike >


35 posted on 08/27/2013 11:28:35 AM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: RegulatorCountry

Many thanks to both #34 & #35.


36 posted on 08/28/2013 6:54:29 AM PDT by yoe ("They Come To America" order it now: http://www.theycometoamerica.com/buy-dvd/)
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