w/Infographic: How to Disappear Online

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Social media has made everyone’s life an open book (one that’s open a bit too far in some cases). As more and more companies and individuals come to rely on the Internet as a primary source of information about others, so too does the possibility of compromising info reaching the wrong person.

w Infographic How to Disappear Online

For folks concerned about their personal information potentially costing them jobs and relationships, or for those dealing with the harsh realities of social media fallout, the decision to “pull the plug” is an increasingly attractive one. And while it might seem impossible to keep your private life private and your Internet presence to a minimum in a 24/7 connected world, the truth is you can disappear online with a little effort and dedication. The infographic below illustrates some steps that can be taken.

The first step to keeping a low profile online is (as you may expect) to stop using social media sites and delete your accounts. If you’re confused about where to start, sites such as JustDelete.Me offer links and tips to help you get the process moving (and whether it is actually possible to delete your account at all). To remove information that’s been gathered about, rather than posted by, you, you may want to consider the similarly-named DeleteMe. This service promises to scan popular data collection sites and remove your personal contact information and photos, generating a report every three months to keep you updated on what’s been removed.

Pulling the plug on social media and removing any compromising or personal data is a great start, but unless you’re planning on abandoning the Internet altogether, these steps are just the beginning. In order to maintain your new-found anonymity, you must master reputation management, learn to use dummy accounts, and take advantage of anonymous searching. This might seem like a lot of effort, but it sure beats waiting for the Eraser.

Disappearing from the Internet isn’t for everyone. But if you’re serious about your privacy, your security, and your reputation, taking the time to make yourself invisible online is worth the time and trouble.

How to Disappear Online

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  1. Stan Sikorski March 11, 2014 at 12:54 am - Reply

    I’m just the opposite. I WANT people, corporations and governments to be able to see all I’ve posted on line. There is truth behind all of it and if someone wants to try to use it against me they will only end up shooting themselves in the foot. That is if I don’t do it first. It’s called having no fear or balls. Americans need to get some. And brains too. Don’t be a dumbass and post ANYTHING that you wouldn’t want repeated or seen on the Internet.

    Take this for example – http://www.subvertednation.net/documents/basic-training-for-revolutionaries.pdf

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