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How To Remove Your Name From Search Engines and Social Networking Sites

Your Private Information Made Public

Folks, sometimes it is best to not reinvent the wheel; so today I am going to refer you to three excellent resources for the methods you need to know about if you are concerned about your personal information, and how websites (and the Gov’t) are collecting – and posting – it on the Internet.

If you are serious about protecting your identity and personal security, you should take actions now to block your personal information from public viewing.

Remove Your information from People Search Databases, Social Networks, and Search Engine ResultsJessicaM

Do you know what kind of personal information about you can be found from Internet? Do you know how to remove your name, address, phone number, pictures, bad comments and negative reviews from Google and other search engine results? Do you know how to delete your personal information from online people search database records?

I am putting this one first as it is comprehensive and well researched. It is four pages long, and packed with good info.


How To Permanently Delete Your Account on Popular Websites – Cameron Chapman

What we often don’t realize when signing up for all these accounts, though, is how difficult it can be to permanently delete our accounts when we’ve had enough. Some require complicated, multi-step processes that can stretch over the course of days (or weeks). Others take less time, but still require multiple steps by the user.

This article outlines the steps for removing your account/profile on:
Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, LinkedIn, Google, Ebay, Wikipedia, Flickr/Yahoo!, Windows Live, StumbleUpon, WordPress, Amazon, YouTube, and PayPal.


If you want to stay inconspicuous while online, here are some products, services, and best practices to put to use.
How to Stay Anonymous Online – Erik Griffith

Some might say that the Internet was built on anonymity. Without it, the Internet might not have become what it is today—a place where free speech reigns supreme (maybe to a fault). However, as social networks prevail—and über-companies like Google do all they can to market to you more effectively—your privacy on the Web comes into question. The good news is that you can take back control of what others see and know of you online. Here’s how.

Subtopics: Safe Surfing, Anonymous E-mail, Social (Network) Security

The article contains links to programs and tools you may be interested in.. if your privacy is a concern to you.


Update: Here is another resource, brought to my attention by Rick Robinette:

I came across a really cool site that, if anything, is a real education about online accounts and profiling. The site is called AccountKiller.

AccountKiller - Do you care about your personal data? We provide instructions to remove your account or public profile on most popular websites, including Skype, Facebook, Windows Live, Hotmail / Live, Twitter, MSN / Messenger, Google and many more. Want to create an account somewhere? Check our Blacklist first to see if it’s even possible to remove your profile!

What AccountKiller specializes in is collecting direct links and deleting instructions to make account termination an easier process.Read more..

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Bonus: additional recommended reading: Does a Blogger’s Opinion Really Matter?

Copyright 2007-2010 © “Tech Paul” (Paul Eckstrom). All Rights Reserved. jaanix post to jaanix.


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  1. You might want to look at this as well:

    How To Permanently Delete Your Account on Popular Websites

    Comment by Amber | June 15, 2010 | Reply

    • Amber,
      This article simply refers to the same one I do. (The second one.)

      I appreciate your input though. Thanks.

      Comment by techpaul | June 15, 2010 | Reply

  2. Ah, sorry I didn’t catch that one. =0

    Comment by Amber | June 15, 2010 | Reply

    • Amber,
      That’s okay.. and I left the link up as I like to “support” Gizmo. It’s a really nice tech site. Again, thanks for contributing!

      Comment by techpaul | June 15, 2010 | Reply

  3. Useful information. Thanks.

    Comment by Buff | June 15, 2010 | Reply

  4. So much valuable information in this article, thanks Paul. Wow!… some surprises too, so much of “me” is out there in the world of strangers.

    g.

    Comment by Gaia | June 16, 2010 | Reply

    • Gaia,
      I know you have visited my site before. Over the years I have written several articles inre: the erosion of our privacy. The truth is.. people either don’t care, or think there’s nothing to be done.. some heedlessly “tweet” their every thought and act.. in some bizarre form of seeking their “15 minutes of Fame” I guess (I have pointed out that posting online “the house at 123 Mockingbird lane will be vacant for the next 10 days. We’re at the airport now” is pretty dumb, but, people do it.
      Many people think there is no such thing as privacy any more…

      But, while it’s not “1 click simple”, you can (and should) take steps to protect your personally identifiable information”, and here are some How To’s. (Identity Theft is Big Business.)
      I cannot say it often enough: use “paranoid common sense” when online.

      Comment by techpaul | June 16, 2010 | Reply

  5. This information is amazing. Thank you so much. I came to this because of your mylife.com article. I have several family members that don’t even use any form of social networking at all and don’t even post personal data on the internet. Yet somehow mylife.com has profiles on them. I’m not even sure if they can remove those profiles as THEY NEVER CREATED AN ACCOUNT! They have NEVER used reunion.com or wink.com either. The people who own these websites need to be put in jail and have their websites shut down. I’m not normally one to talk about getting the government involved. I usually hate it when they do. But this is dangerous information.

    Comment by Peelster1 | September 28, 2010 | Reply

    • Peelster1 ,
      Most of the information is gleaned from publicly available records, bought and sold by businesses we’ve done trade with, etc. and so on. Our web browsers give away information when we simply visit a website (such as our location), and “cookies” follow our clicks and record our Search terms to learn our sex, age, tastes, and habit patterns.

      It is MHO that every citizen should watch the video I posted on this article: Big Brother Big Business

      Comment by techpaul | September 28, 2010 | Reply

  6. Nah. Too much bullshit. Forget about it. Seriously

    Comment by Anonymous | January 20, 2011 | Reply

  7. stop taking monthly payments out of my card i juat wonted one month that is and you have took it out for several more so stop it take my name off the list.

    thank you

    jim smith

    Comment by Jim Smith | March 16, 2011 | Reply

    • Jim Smith,
      I am a tech blogger, not MyLife.com — you need to tell them.

      Comment by techpaul | March 16, 2011 | Reply

      • Aw man, I feel for you. This kind of reminds me of The Oatmeal’s comic on tech support: Why It’s Better To Pretend You Don’t Know Anything About Computers.

        Comment by Lynn | May 19, 2011 | Reply

        • Lynn,
          I have seen that comic.. and others like it. It does make some excellent points.

          However, I am a pro, and have been supporting “computer users” for years and years. I could tell some stories..

          If folks would like to see the comic, and I think they might, they can use a search engine for the title. (I don’t put “linkbacks” up to advertisement-laden commerce sites, sorry.)

          Comment by techpaul | May 19, 2011 | Reply

  8. I have endeavoured to get rid of all connection with My Life, and seem to be unable to do so on line. I am nearly 80 years of age and would appreciate a step-by-step approach to “unsubscribe” to this website.
    I would appreciate an email reply directly.
    Thanks.

    Comment by mary muller | April 4, 2011 | Reply

  9. Good article – anyway – if everything fails – you have to call the experts in. There are tons of so called reputation companies. The only ones which work are ClydeStan and reputation.com. Both do different things.

    Comment by Marie E | May 28, 2011 | Reply

  10. i want to remove my name, from any kind of search engine.how can i do this?

    Comment by vana | December 3, 2011 | Reply

  11. I really need to remove my name in search engine.Anybody can see my info. That flicking me out.

    Comment by Vilma Collins | February 17, 2012 | Reply

  12. Please remove my name in search engine.

    Comment by Vilma Collins | February 17, 2012 | Reply

    • Vilma Collins,
      If you are concerned about your privacy, I suggest you start by clicking the first link I provided in the article (above), and reading the advice contained there.

      There are people you can hire who say they will do this for you (again, read that article) but I am not one of them.

      Comment by techpaul | February 17, 2012 | Reply

  13. My daughter got “doxed”; somehow some very personal pictures appeared on the internet under her name. What can we do to get them taken down and get her name off of this type of site

    Comment by Sherry | February 24, 2012 | Reply

    • Sherry,
      To the best of my knowledge, “dox”-ing is a name for a method. (See, What Is Doxing? – Doxing And It’s Uses)
      And I don’t know which websites you are referring to specifically by “this type of site” (though my guess is you mean doxed[dot]me) but as far as I know, the only way you can “take down” something from the Internet is to contact the site’s owner/webmaster and ask them to — which they are under no obligation to do, as far as I know. If this is something (that seems to happen a lot) on Facebook – go through all those security settings and make your daughter’s FB accounts totally locked down… have her ‘unfriend’ a few. Read Facebook’s “report abuse” page.

      So.. Life’s Lesson: don’t post, send (email), or transmit materials that may embarrass you later – as there is nothing inherently secure about the Internet at all, and what the machines suck in, stays around forever.

      But that isn’t what you want to hear now that the horse is out of the barn..
      I can only suggest reading the links I provided above, (one has a Facebook specific section) and also doing some research on http://wiredsafety.org/.

      Comment by techpaul | February 24, 2012 | Reply

  14. Please cancel my membership effective 3/2/2012 as i was advised by my attorney that your web site is a scam and a law-suit is pending against you.

    Comment by DENISE | March 2, 2012 | Reply

    • DENISE,
      * There is no “membership” here at Tech – for Everyone (a tech tips & tricks website) so there is nothing to ‘cancel’.

      * Leaving a Comment at the bottom of a page is not how you would “unsubscribe”, or cancel a subscription.

      Comment by techpaul | March 2, 2012 | Reply

  15. would like to remove my name from search list

    Comment by Yvette Gerasimieg | May 21, 2012 | Reply

    • Yvette,
      Okay…

      That’s a good start.

      Now try reading those articles, and then taking the action steps outlined there.

      And I do wish you good luck.

      Comment by techpaul | May 21, 2012 | Reply

  16. Hi There,
    I was wondering if there are companies that specialize in cleaning the personal data off the web- I’m really useless with computers and don’t know how to do it myself.
    Thank you

    Comment by Anonymous | June 11, 2012 | Reply

    • Sir or Ms,
      Of course there are! People have woken up to the fact that the amount of information about us available for viewing is scandalous, and are frustrated beyond gall at how difficult and time consuming those making money owning that info have made removing it. (There’s work involved.)
      But these services are not cheap.

      Click on the first link I provided in the article, and scroll down to the “Professional Personal Information Removal Services and Tools” section.

      Comment by techpaul | June 12, 2012 | Reply

  17. joined my life .com expecting to pay 4.98 peryear instead i was charged 83.40 pluss ther holding my credit card hostage and try to charge me when ever i try to use the service

    Comment by vernon davis | July 6, 2012 | Reply

    • vernon davis,
      If you read my Just Say “No” To mylife.com, you ought find the information you need to call them and fix that.

      If it were me, I would also call my credit card company (they will have heard of MyLife..).

      Comment by techpaul | July 6, 2012 | Reply


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