We often find ourselves in tricky loop, every time something personal gets uploaded online and later someone uses that piece of information to strongarm us. Here in the post, get to know to how to delete/erase almost everything about yourself from the internet!
Step 1: Preliminary Requirements Go through each email you can think of that you’ve used in the past 10 years. You’ll want to recover them if you’ve lost access, so that you can access other websites you may have signed up to using them.
Step 2: Deleting old accounts from forgotten services. Use the search function on your e-mail and look for phrases such as “Sign up” or “Welcome” Recover account and login into each service that pops up (that you received a sign-up email) from
Step 2b: Now look around the service for a delete account function, google around by searching “”delete account” + “<service>” If there isn’t one, google or look around for a support e-mail to request for them to delete your account.
Step 2c: For some services, you may want to purge all content and messages before you delete the account, as the account may be archived, and a hacker or external entity may access this information later. That’s something to bear in mind.
Step 3: Checking if your information has been compromised already. Now you should have a list of all your usernames and all the services, ranging from streaming services to e-mails. You need to use something called Boolean searches to properly use Google to locate this info
Step 3b: I’ll be using “s to denote normal quotations, as you will need to use the normal “” signs to perform these searches. You need to google your account name “<account_name>” Sometimes maybe your account name + password like so: “<account>” + “<password>”
Step 3c: You should see possibly pastebin links or underground databases publicly accessible on the internet, or possibly leaked private information. This is normal. It happens to a lot of services. Note down what passwords/information was compromised.
Step 3d: Some database leaks are a bit more private and are still being shared/sold in private circles, but you can use this website: https://haveibeenpwned.com To check if you’ve been compromised, so you can change your live information to be different..
Step 4: Removing yourself from Google. So now you’ve deleted your Facebook accounts, but when you google your name and location using Boolean searches, there is cached information/links about yourself. There is a solution for that, called the Google Console.
Step 4b: You can use Google Console at: https://google.com/webmasters/tools/removals… You can request for them to delete/update their search engine (which usually takes months organically) to remove those cached results if you provide a link to each. Go through various google searches and do this
Step 5: Protecting yourself against Google legally tracking you (for the most part). You should be disallowing Google to legally touch any of your data Here you can go through each of Google’s services: https://myaccount.google.com/activitycontrols?pli=1
Step 5b: Protecting yourself against other services Any other services you wish to use, you need to strip down the privacy settings to the absolute core. If you want to use Facebook, make sure you make it almost entirely private, so people can’t access private photos.
Step 6: Deleting old e-mails Now you’ve just access to your old e-mails, it’s time to delete them too. Delete any e-mails you no longer need access to DO NOT DELETE E-MAILS YOU MAY NEED IN THE FUTURE. If you do need them, change security questions and password.
Step 7: Securing accounts You should be REGULARLY changing your passwords on services every 6 months Why? Because new hackers gain access to new databases daily, and they’ll start using that information to levy force, or in the future, to personally attack you.
Step 7b: Do NOT use any passwords like each other. Hackers are smart. Especially when it’s a personal attack. They will easily combine your old passwords with your home address, or date of birth to accomplish finding your password to something they need.
Once they are in, some services will give them access to EVERYTHING and it’s damn near impossible to get them out after they are in. Good news is a lot of services are updating this, so that you can only have one session active at once. Before you never knew who was in.
Step 8: PROTECTING your internet connection. You should be using a VPN when using the internet. DO NOT use a VPN when dealing with banking services or anything confidential but do use it when publicly surfing the internet. Using DuckDuckGo in combination with this will help
Step 8b: Using a VPN that has no logs. You need to make sure your VPN has had a PUBLIC audit to ensure that it has NO LOGS. this means that it has no record of what you have used their internet connection for. And when you use a VPN, it’s hard for your ISP to know either.
Step 9: USING Burner accounts You should be using burner accounts on known intrusive services such as Google by using a fake name and information. This is LEGAL and you should do it to avoid having your information data mined across services.
Step 10: REGULARLY deleting your internet content. You should be regularly deleting your tweets and old photos. This data can be used against you to cross-reference your accounts and find more personal information. Hackers will find a target and analyse them for months.
Step 10b: Hackers will use your old internet information to do some of this analysing in retrospect to piece together who your social circle is to find a vulnerability. Anyone can be attacked. You just haven’t been a target yet. Defend yourself through prevention.
Step 10c: Don’t believe me? https://theverge.com/2019/10/11/20910551/stalker-attacked-pop-idol-reflection-pupils-selfies-videos-photos-google-street-view-japan… This is nothing. Very simple with the tools EVERYONE has access to today.