That's just as true as death and taxes. Remember that, umm, embarrassing pic of you on Facebook years ago? Well, anyone can find it. And that can ruin job opportunities. Even your years-old tweets can come back and really hurt you.
If you want to wipe any traces of yourself off the internet, here's your chance. There's a new websiteDeseat.me that helps you connect to your all your accounts and erase them at the click of a button.
Deseat.me was designed by Wille Dahlbo and Linus Unnebäck (who ironically has a Twitter account), two Swedish programmers. They made the site with the aim to help you "clean up your existence" in its pick-up-and-delete method of dealing with user accounts.
You log into Deseat.me using your Google account info and finds all the accounts linked to it (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and others). The website uses Google's strong protocol to access all the available data before handing it over as a list of delete links at your disposal.
5. What Is Google's Security Protocol?
Google uses OAuth, an authorization protocol that's publicly available as a way for users to log into websites using their user account without the risk of someone getting their hands on their password. It's also used by Microsoft, Facebook and other sites that let you sign in using their account.
The site doesn't completely clear out your entire online presence. Deseat only finds gmail-linked accounts, so if you use a different address type then it won't be cleared. Also, simply clicking delete will also send you to a deletion page where you have to sign in again, and if you don't remember the password you're gonna have to reset.
That doesn't mean Facebook still doesn't have its hands on you. You might want to delete your FB profile, but any "friend" that has a photo or video of you in their account will still be able to have access to it.
The very idea of letting one website access all your online accounts might not sit well with you. The developers at Deseat.me claim on the site that, “privacy and data security is something we regard as extremely important." Because of that, it's designed to run on your computer.
It's not just about that embarrassing party pic you left from 2009. Governments around the world are making such bigger pushes to look into your life that it would make Snowden blush. Just recently the UK passed the Investigatory Powers Bill, a controversial law that will boost the surveillance abilities of the police and government organizations. While they'll need the warrant to look into a British user's information, once law enforcement has it they'll legally be able to hack into their computer.
Whether for personal or legal reasons, if you want to make your online history disappear, Deseat.me may be just what you're looking for. There are more tips to look into, but as it gets easier to look into your life, the option to vanish from the web has never been so tempting.