Skip to comments.Wanna Delete Yourself From The Internet?
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.
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 ...
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
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”.
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.
Please delete me, let me go, for I don’t want you anymore
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.
...delete me and let me live again...
No Shiite man...
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.
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%.
Easy just piss off the NSA and you can be made a non-person quickly
This is why I regularly archive off all my FR traffic.
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.
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.
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?
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, ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Like that, just delete the spaces between the brackets. It's "s" for strike, "/s" for end strike.
Hi Yoe. The HTML for a strikeout looks like this, minus the spaces:
< strike > word < /strike >
Many thanks to both #34 & #35.