How to disappear (from the web)

Creating new accounts for web services is easy. Getting rid of those accounts…not so much.

JustDelete.Me offers an expansive directory of links to pages where you can delete your accounts from various websites and services. In addition to pointing you to the pages, it also rates each service by the level of effort required to delete the account.

justdelete.me difficulty levels

It is surprising how many services make it impossible to get rid of your account. There are no insurmountable technical hurdles keeping companies from letting users delete their accounts, but they make it difficult anyway. Many companies are motivated to keep a user’s data, even after they delete/disable their account. Also, it is impossible to know if any of these services actually delete your data or if they just remove your access to it.

However, you can get rid just about any service by updating your personal information and email to something bogus.

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