Saturday, March 8, 2014

How to disappear on the internet - stay private - 9 step program

How to DISAPPEAR from the internet: Nine-step guide helps people vanish without a trace and then surf anonymousl
How to DISAPPEAR from the internet: Nine-step guide helps people vanish without a trace and then surf anonymously

Could you give up the internet for Lent -  or even for good?

Following various reports about companies stealing information and complaints about oversharing on social media, a web hosting firm has created a nine-step guide on how to disappear from the web completely.

It includes deactivating accounts, removing links from search results and how to remove yourself from various lists - and for people who'd rather just stay hidden than disappear, the guide also gives tips on how to use the internet anonymously.

'Social media has made everyone’s life an open book - one that’s open a bit too far in some cases.

‘For [people] concerned about their personal information potentially costing them jobs and relationships, the decision to ‘pull the plug’ is an increasingly attractive one,' said London-based WhoIsHostingThis (WIHT).

‘While it might seem impossible to keep your private life private, the truth is you can disappear online with a little effort and dedication.'

There are a number of sites that can help users delete their information, such as DeleteMe and

However, for people who want to do the job manually, WhoIsHostingThis' infographic details the nine steps needed to disappear from online completely.

The first step involves deactivating primary accounts, such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn. WIHT’s infographic gives step-by-step instructions for each account.

In the second stage, WIHT recommends users search for themselves online. This reveals which sites a user has signed up for in the past, but no longer uses, such as a MySpace.

The third step in WIHT’s nine-step plan involves uploading false information into the accounts that can’t be deleted, including fake names and locations.

Step four involves unsubscribing from mailing lists using emails in an inbox and junk folder as a starting point.

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