After getting doxed a couple of times, I’ve realized that I have way too many online accounts, in particular, ones that I don’t use anymore.
It may seem silly that someone who writes about the dark web would have dozens of online accounts, but in the early days of social media (I’m talking early ’00s), I signed up for quite a few sites that I no longer use, and I was also far less aware of some of the privacy issues that are becoming more commonplace these days – after all, look at all of the data breaches just from here: List of data breaches – Wikipedia.
I thought this might be helpful to some of you readers as well, so I’m letting you know that Consumer Reports has a great article entitled How to Delete Online Accounts You No Longer Need.
The article goes into some detail about how to delete accounts on many popular social media platforms, such as Blogger, Facebook, Flickr, Instagram, Google+, and LinkedIn.
This came up because I’ve occasionally gotten threats over things that I’ve written (as in the case of So-Called Red Room Site: A Creepy Experience) but in all honesty, I’m not the type of person who likes to make enemies, and I try to avoid that as much as possible. Maybe it’s just inevitable in this age of data breaches and publicly available information.
As of today, I just deleted four of these accounts, and will be doing more. I know that I’m not completely anonymous (and as a writer, I don’t necessarily want to be), but I’m more concerned about personally identifiable information being available to just anyone who wants it. Wouldn’t that be a concern of most people?
It’s hard to undo damage that has already been done, but for my part, at least, I’m just “cleaning up” what’s out there, and in the future, I’ll just have to be more cautious about what information I share.
I hope that this is helpful to some of you too, readers!