Nine ways to disappear from the internet (free PDF)
Reducing your online presence is possible—but it does require a bit of effort and knowledge. This ebook explains how to take steps such as removing old accounts, scrubbing personal information, unsubscribing from email lists, and delisting yourself from data brokers.
From the ebook:
Wipe out superfluous accounts with Deseat.me
Deseat.me requires you to log in with either a Google or Outlook account, but if your goal is to wipe out your internet presence, that shouldn’t be too big a concern.
Once you log in, Deseat.me will comb the account you logged in with for other accounts. All you have to do is choose whether you want to keep or delete an account and Deseat.me will do the work for you. (Some accounts have to be closed manually; Deseat.me will take you to the appropriate page in that case.)
If you want to get rid of a bunch of accounts you forgot you had, Deseat.me is a good place to start.
Unsubscribe from mailing lists
If you don’t unsubscribe from mailing lists, you’re leaving a bit of personal data out there. So it’s a good idea to get rid of them. Even if you don’t want to leave the internet, it’s still smart to purge old mailing list subscriptions once in awhile—they take up a lot of inbox space.
I recommend using Unroll.me. When you sign up with your email account, Unroll.me will scan your inbox to find all the mailing lists you’re subscribed to. Go down the list and click Unroll on the ones you want to eliminate.