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How to Disappear Completely (From the Internet)
Popular Mechanics via Instapundit ^ | January 10, 2012 | John Herrman

Posted on 01/12/2012 7:00:11 PM PST by w4women

If you’ve ever used the Internet, you have an online identity. Maybe it’s slight: a Hotmail account here, a comment on a news story there. Or maybe you’ve been more prolific, leaving a trail of usernames, accounts, messages, and profiles across the digital landscape. In any case, an active internet user owes it to himself to do a bit of self-Googling. What you’ll find will be both enlightening and humbling—even worrying.

Read more: How to Disappear Completely (From the Internet) - Popular Mechanics

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News; News/Current Events; Technical
KEYWORDS: facebook; internet; internetanonymity; internetinvisibility; invisible
Any one know if you can really get "off the grid"?
1 posted on 01/12/2012 7:00:19 PM PST by w4women
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To: w4women; LucyT

Interesting ping.


2 posted on 01/12/2012 7:01:38 PM PST by Jet Jaguar (Romney=Gun Grabber)
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To: ShadowAce; bamahead

/mark


3 posted on 01/12/2012 7:03:47 PM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: w4women

Signing up for social media sites is, by design, almost entirely frictionless. Three or four clicks will get you in the door, but finding your way out takes significantly more time and effort. The Web 2.0 Suicide Machine (tagline: Meet Your Real Neighbors Again) is a one-shot tool for deleting your profiles from some of the largest social sites on the Web, including Twitter, Myspace, LinkedIn, and Facebook.

The tool was released last year by the New Media Lab in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and still lives up to its name—with one exception. Facebook has taken action to disable the site’s “suicide” script, and even sent the creators a stern cease-and-desist letter, demanding that Facebook be exempted from its deletion tools. Among the concerns included in Facebook’s legal letter? “[T]he protection of users’ privacy.”

Read more: How to Disappear Completely (From the Internet) - Popular Mechanics

From the article.


4 posted on 01/12/2012 7:05:09 PM PST by Jet Jaguar (Romney=Gun Grabber)
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To: w4women
Disposable E-Mail address
5 posted on 01/12/2012 7:06:18 PM PST by MamaDearest
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To: w4women

Bookmark


6 posted on 01/12/2012 7:06:18 PM PST by ez (When you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail.)
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To: w4women

On the to do list.
Probably too late though.


7 posted on 01/12/2012 7:09:56 PM PST by Clump (the tree of liberty is withering like a stricken fig tree)
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To: w4women

Cain’t be done! Internet is like the KGB - once in, you can’t get out.


8 posted on 01/12/2012 7:12:49 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: w4women

ping


9 posted on 01/12/2012 7:12:48 PM PST by VaRepublican (I would propagate taglines but I don't know how. But bloggers do.)
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To: w4women

this looks interesting, but I wonder if they can really do what they say they can, which is hide your IP.

https://getcocoon.com/


10 posted on 01/12/2012 7:16:14 PM PST by expat1000
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To: Revolting cat!

A good ZOT! seems pretty effective.


11 posted on 01/12/2012 7:18:19 PM PST by Fightin Whitey
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To: expat1000

Utter BS!

Anything connected to IE is impossible to retain privacy.

Simply forget it.


12 posted on 01/12/2012 7:23:41 PM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: w4women

Of course you can get of the grid.

I had a friend who did it in the early 1980’s. He had no commercial power. Solar panels, a windmill, a wind generator, a wood stove, kerosene lamps, no air conditioning (lived on mountain top at well over 6,000 ft. altitude), no telephone (only way to reach him was via 2mtr Amateur Radio with touch tone access. He had a computer then that ran off the solar panels. Modified TRS80.

He was a very good medical doctor and a great guy. He worked Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the ER. Rest of the week he was in his mountain top retreat.

It would be much easier to do today than then.


13 posted on 01/12/2012 7:30:18 PM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: w4women
Photobucket
14 posted on 01/12/2012 7:33:07 PM PST by NCDave (AKA, "That idiot over there")
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To: w4women

Google archives data off after 18 months. There’s no telling how long that data is archived. In the healthcare industry, there’s a 7 year mandatory archival period, but having worked in healthcare IT, I can tell you that they keep that data for MUCH longer than 7 years.

I would guess once you’re out there, there’s always going to be a record of you somewhere in some archive. Storage is cheap, and corporations are paranoid.


15 posted on 01/12/2012 7:42:12 PM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: w4women

This is a bare minimum of a plan. Go to spokeo.com for example for a real horrorshow of how much They have pieced together about you from public records, phone directories, etc.


16 posted on 01/12/2012 7:45:23 PM PST by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: Jet Jaguar
Or one could just hire the guys Hussein Obama hired and have your past scrubbed off the web.
17 posted on 01/12/2012 7:47:19 PM PST by Deaf Smith
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To: rarestia

FDA regs determine how long the data and documents are kept and you are right some stuff never is destroyed.


18 posted on 01/12/2012 7:47:44 PM PST by Domestic Church (AMDG ...)
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To: Domestic Church
There is a Doc 'n The Box I have been going to periodically for the past 12 years...they never have any history of what was done for me or me ever being there.

"Oh, we trash the file after a year." No data entry.

19 posted on 01/12/2012 7:53:52 PM PST by Deaf Smith
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To: Texas Fossil
Anything connected to IE is impossible to retain privacy.

Read again. It's a Firefox addin.

20 posted on 01/12/2012 7:58:34 PM PST by expat1000
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To: w4women
Any one know if you can really get "off the grid"?

Sure. Step #1 ... post a thread on FR about it.

21 posted on 01/12/2012 8:07:15 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: expat1000

OK, I did not read the sidebar. The IE logo fooled me.

Sorry.

Have been a Firefox user from almost the first release.

Have used a lot of plug-ins. Currently really like “Better Privacy”.

Have used Linux since around 1994. First version was a UMSDOS version of Slackware.


22 posted on 01/12/2012 8:08:03 PM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: Texas Fossil

https://ixquick.com/


23 posted on 01/12/2012 8:08:36 PM PST by phockthis
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To: phockthis

I used it for a while and found it not that good.

Have been using www.scroogle.org lately. It is OK.


24 posted on 01/12/2012 8:15:33 PM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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self ping


25 posted on 01/12/2012 8:31:35 PM PST by shove_it (just undo it)
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To: Texas Fossil

The IP masking does work.

I only played with it for a few minutes, but there doesn’t seem to be much lag from using the proxy servers either.

I would not put too much faith in this though. I somehow doubt that no records are kept anywhere as to the originating IP.


26 posted on 01/12/2012 8:37:20 PM PST by expat1000
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To: expat1000

Yes, I agree. The Feds would never allow that.

My local ISP just forced us to go through google for e-mail. Using the existing e-mail address, but through a gmail alias.

Not happy with that change. Called and told them. I know their techies, good guys. I know the reason they changed, administration cost and cost of the required record keeping. No pay off. It is a small but good, local coop telephone system. Very innovative and they give good service to some remote areas.

I am looking for another e-mail agent, but am not liking the choices I have found so far.


27 posted on 01/12/2012 8:56:12 PM PST by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: ShadowAce

bflr ping


28 posted on 01/12/2012 9:10:28 PM PST by Captain Beyond (The Hammer of the gods! (Just a cool line from a Led Zep song))
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To: w4women

ping


29 posted on 01/12/2012 9:31:34 PM PST by JSteff ((((It was ALL about SCOTUS. Most forget about that and HAVE DOOMED us for a generation or more.))))
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To: RobinOfKingston

auto-ping


30 posted on 01/12/2012 9:58:46 PM PST by RobinOfKingston (The instinct toward liberalism is located in the part of the brain called the rectal lobe.)
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To: w4women

Become Amish.


31 posted on 01/12/2012 10:30:40 PM PST by a fool in paradise (Candidate Barack Obama was never vetted. America is his employer, his job review sucks. End of story)
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To: w4women

Bflr


32 posted on 01/13/2012 1:32:53 AM PST by ebshumidors ( Marksmanship and YOUR heritage http://www.appleseedinfo.org)
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33 posted on 01/13/2012 4:31:34 AM PST by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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34 posted on 01/13/2012 4:32:24 AM PST by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: Texas Fossil

I’ll try it.

Thanks


35 posted on 01/13/2012 4:45:37 AM PST by phockthis
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To: w4women

Don’t know if anyone can get totally clean - but with Janet and her totalitarian goons looking for political enemies - it’ll soon become important. Everyone who’s young needs to bookmark this page.


36 posted on 01/13/2012 7:15:48 AM PST by GOPJ (GAS WAS $1.85 per gallon on the day Obama was Inaugurated! - - freeper Gaffer)
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To: jiggyboy

I have a pretty uncommon name. Spokeo.com can’t decide if I’m black or white, male or female, 20 or 40, make $35k or $165k, or what my sign is. Not impressed.


37 posted on 01/13/2012 7:49:49 AM PST by BuckeyeTexan (Man is not free unless government is limited. ~Ronald Reagan)
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To: w4women; ShadowAce; Ernest_at_the_Beach; dayglored; SunkenCiv

38 posted on 01/13/2012 8:18:04 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: martin_fierro
Those two bushes on the right look out of place.....
39 posted on 01/13/2012 9:32:13 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Bookmark


40 posted on 01/13/2012 1:11:09 PM PST by Publius6961 (My world was lovely, until it was taken over by parasites.)
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To: martin_fierro

#1 on the list? Don’t pay your electric bill.


41 posted on 01/13/2012 7:15:52 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Happy Friday the 13th, everyone!)
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