5 ways to delete yourself from the internet – YP

Anyone who’s ever used the internet – so pretty much everyone – has personal information scattered everywhere online. You can get a sense of this by Googling your own name – you leave small traces of yourself with social media, online purchases, email accounts, and more. 

It’s not easy, but it is possible to erase most of your personal information footprint from the internet. It might not be advisable; your future employers, for example, expect to be able to find you online and may perform a background check, in part, with online searches.

But if you’re intent on deleting your digital self, here’s how you can do it. 

Remove yourself from social media

Your social media presence has the largest impact on your online footprint, so you should start here.

Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma will make you think twice about social media

It’s important to delete your accounts, not just log out or stop using them. Virtually all social media platforms have a formal process for closing your account.

Visit every social media site you’ve used – TikTok, IG, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Reddit, and so on, and follow their removal process.