Here’s how to delete yourself from the Internet
We’re going to guess that some of you out there regret some of things you’ve put online in the past. Whether it’s a dodgy meme, a throwaway comment, a profession of undying love or a kinky video, you might be feeling like it could one day come back to haunt you. If that’s you and you need to get rid of it, some information posted online by a computer hacker might be exactly what you need. Have a bloody squiz at this and take it under consideration…
Of course, the reasons mentioned above aren’t the only ones you might need to be wary of or worried about. Yeah, nah, there’s bloody tonnes of dodgy s**t going on in cyberspace and with so much of our lives recorded there, it’s pretty accessible to anyone with less than savoury intentions and a bit of nous.
But, there is a solution. According to a self-described ‘code-monkey’ on Twitter who goes by the handle of somenerdliam, you can delete almost all trace of yourself on the internet if you’re happy to put in a little time and effort. And, be warned, it will take some time. As somenerdliam says, “Most of your money is now online. Protect yourself at all costs, it’s only a few hours.”
Unfortunately, in this day and age, your finances aren’t the only thing you need to be worried about online. In a particularly worrying part of the thread, somenerdliam says, “You should be regularly deleting your tweets and old photos. This data can be used against you to cross-reference your accounts and find more personal information.”
He reckons, “Hackers will find a target and analyze them for months. Hackers will use your old internet information to do some of this analyzing in retrospect to piece together who your social circle is to find a vulnerability. Anyone can be attacked. You just haven’t been a target yet.”
Bearing that in mind, we’re about to start deleting everything. Everything!
Final thought: Look, critical brain on, this is one aspect of the world we live in. We’re far from internet whizz-kids, but we reckon that as long as you’re behaving in a responsible way online, keeping your passwords and personal information private, secure and changing them regularly, you should be fairly okay. Anyone in IT care to chip in on that?
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