In the digital era we live in, the amount of profiles on social networks is growing each day. We share more and more information about ourselves, which leads to an increase in the exposure of photos you might think are OK at the moment, but later turn out to be an embarrassment for a future relationship, or contradicting the job you’ll be applying to. Maybe you’ve already encountered this, looking at your old self from 5-10 years ago and questioning your mental sanity at the moment you decided to hit the publish button. Well, fear no more, as some brilliant Swedish minds created a website where you’ll be able to eliminate almost every record of your past online trail, granting you the anonymity that was carelessly wasted in the past.
Deleting Your Online Accounts and Data
The website in question is called Deseat.me and it uses your Google account to wipe all data associated with it. Thus every social media account you have – either on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. – will be eliminated, as long as the e-mail you used to create it was a Google one. Furthermore, this is an amazing time and effort saving tool as the website will collect all your accounts and allow you to delete everything in one single click, instead of going through every account’s settings manually.
Deseat.me uses Google’s OAuth protocol (“an open standard for authorization, commonly used as a way for Internet users to authorize websites or applications to access their information on other websites but without giving them the passwords” – usually used by Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, etc.) in order to access your data, giving you specific links for each account you want to eliminate.
A Nice, Yet Short Measure
Truth being told, this is a very useful tool that many embarrassed users were asking for. However, the fact that it only allows to delete information that involves a Google account still leaves the door closed for those who created an account on a social media network using any other e-mail service. Furthermore, it isn’t possible to eliminate content from other people’s accounts, which means that if a friend publishes an embarrassing photo about you from last Friday night, you’ll simply have to live with it (or ask him/her very nicely to remove it). We can only hope that over time Deseat.me becomes more extensive and is able to cover more e-mail clients.
As a final note, the website firmly states: “we don't have access to any of your login information” and “privacy and data security is something we regard as extremely important”. Though we feel confident about Deseat.me’s goodwill and capability of protecting their users’ data, we recommend you to be cautious with tools like these and always use your VPN when making use of it.
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