What to do if you want to go off the grid

Now that Internet Service Providers are permitted to disclose personal information about their customers, such as their browsing history, you must understand how to get off the grid.

Delete/deactivate shopping, web service, and shopping accounts

If you are a frequent internet user, you have undoubtedly enrolled on a variety of social networking sites, including lesser-known platforms such as MySpace and Tumblr. These accounts should be removed. Additionally, you have one or two shopping accounts with popular e-commerce sites like eBay and Amazon. Remove or deactivate these accounts by visiting the Security and Privacy section of the relevant accounts.

Remove personally identifiable information from data collection sites

Certain business websites gather personally identifiable information. These websites are often called data brokers since they sell the collected data to marketers and advertisers. In an ideal world, they would have systems in place to gather information on every online activity you engage in.

Identify these types of websites and search for yourself, then contact the support staff to get your information removed. The process for opting out differs per site. Additionally, there are service providers who may be able to help you delete your personal information. Abine.com is an excellent example of a website that provides a DeleteMe service.

Directly remove your information from service websites

The first step is to determine if your phone company or mobile carrier has made your information available online. If they do, contact the support staff and request that your name be removed.

If you are a member of a forum and have previously submitted an embarrassing blog or article, contact the site’s administrator and request that your account and post be deleted. The administrator’s contact information is conveniently located in the Contact Us or About Us sections of their websites. Alternatively, you may use Whois.com to determine the legitimate proprietors of domain names, their email addresses, and even their phone numbers.

According to cnet.com, private website owners have complete control over their properties and are not legally required to comply with your request. As a result, it is advised to be courteous while communicating with them. Indicate plainly why you want to have the post removed from the database.

Eliminate personal data publications on websites

Without your permission, unscrupulous individuals may publish personal information such as your social security number and tax information online. Cybercriminals may exploit this information to impersonate you and perform terrible acts online, resulting in your arrest.

Proactively investigate particular websites where the information is being posted and contact the webmasters. If that does not work, try filing a legal request with Google. Google’s support staff will evaluate your request and delete the content without contacting the website’s webmaster.

Eliminate obsolete search results

The internet never forgets‚ÄĒeverything you put online when you first began using it may be recovered and used against you years later. As mentioned on cnet.com, such content may be deleted using Google’s URL removal tool. This program is very successful in erasing previous internet errors.

For instance, if your previous employer has not yet removed your personal information from the web page, such as your responsibilities and position within the business, you may request that they do so. However, even if the name cannot be discovered when someone clicks the link, the page will still appear when you Google your name. This is mostly because their servers are still cached with the page. The Google URL removal tool will help you in quickly removing such out-of-date search results.

Email addresses must be removed

The number of steps required to successfully delete your email address varies per account. Take note that you must be logged into the account to use the “Shut or delete” account option. It’s also worth noting that some businesses may leave the account open for a certain time, allowing you to reactivate it if you change your mind.

Additionally, in today’s digital world, email addresses are required to accomplish some critical tasks such as account verification and access to online banking services, so consider other alternatives before canceling the account.

Bonus suggestion

The procedure of deleting personal data from the internet does not always provide the desired effects. You must exercise patience and provide sufficient time for the various businesses or webmasters to finish the procedure.

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