In this age of multiple social media accounts and on-line personas, there are times when juggling and keeping track of all of them can be quite overwhelming.
There might even times that you would rather perform a web purge and scrape off your presence from the nooks and crannies of the internet – a digital version of hara-kiri if you’ll.
For these sorts of wannabe-incognito times, a Swedish web site claims to provide the way to delete your on-line tracks with merely a few clicks of a button.
The site is named Deseat.me and it had been created by Swedish coders wile Dahlio and Linus Unnebäck specifically for seeking and destroying all on-line accounts related to your Google account.
This is how it works – once signing in with your Google account using Google’s OAuth protocol, that could be a common normal that lets a service access a user’s info without giving it access to the user credentials, the site cranks its gears and searches for all the sites and apps your account is related to.
Here are the instructions for using Deseat:
- Goto deseat.me.
- Sign in with your Google account.
- Go through all the available websites it lists and select “delete,” add to delete queue,” or “keep.”
- Few websites may not work so you will have to visit these pages individually to delete your infomation.
It then generates a listing and conveniently deletes direct links for each of these accounts, that include Facebook, YouTube, Evernote and LinkedIn. These links usually lead to the unsubscribe or deactivation page of those detected services.
If you think this service can be a trojan horse that truly collects your data when it’s supposed to delete it, the site assures its users that that’s not the case.
According to the Deseat website itself,
“Privacy and data security is something we regard as extremely important. In fact, it’s our number one focus from beginning to end. that is why we built it to run on your pc. so basically the only thing you are telling us is what accounts you want to delete. That’s it, and since we use Google’s OAuth protocol we do not have access to any of your login info.”
Honestly, the entire system of the site is cumbersome and fairly limited but, to be fair, it’s much more convenient and quicker than you can manually track each of your associated Google accounts.
Also, remember that Deseat doesn’t and can not completely erase your entire online persona. This only helps you to gather all the services associated with your Google account in one place so your online presence may vary. If you’re using other email services for your other online accounts, then obviously this won’t work.
To try out Deseat and see if their “Clean Up Your Existence” tagline really works for you,