A Swedish website is offering the chance for users to delete themselves off the internet .
Simply by adding their email address and password, they can remove any and all traces linked to that address with the click of a button. That means no more Gmail, Netflix, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Ebay, Amazon or any of it .
The Deseat.me site uses Google’s security protocol to wipe the slate clean . The program runs on your computer, not on the website’s servers to maximise privacy at all times.
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“Privacy and data security is something we regard as extremely important,” explain the team behind the site.
“In fact, it’s our number one focus from beginning to end. That’s why we built it to run on your computer. So basically the only thing you’re telling us is what accounts you want to delete. Thats it, and since we use Google’s OAuth protocol we don’t have access to any of your login information.”
The site will only delete the information linked to a certain email address – and, at the moment, it only works with Gmail. So if you’ve used Yahoo, Hotmail or another email service to sign up to things, you’re not going to be able to wipe that.
It’s still pretty tempting though.
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When the web launched in 1991, Tim Berners-Lee stated : “The World Wide Web project was started to allow high energy physicists to share data, news, and documentation.
“We are very interested in spreading the web to other areas, and having gateway servers for other data. Collaborators welcome!”
Sir Tim probably didn’t anticipate that twenty five years later it would be a place of endless security hacks, inane status updates and news about the Kardashians. Enough to drive anyone to self-deletion.
How to delete yourself from the internet
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Go to Deseat.me and sign in with a gmail address.
Look down the list of synced accounts and decide which you want to delete and which you want to keep.
Click the button
It’s worth pointing out that the site doesn’t pick up everything you’ve ever signed up for – some of the smaller web services appear to fall through the cracks and the delete button is greyed out. But the big ones like Facebook are there.
Hopefully, as the site improves, it’ll offer more options for self-deletion.