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Erase Your (Internet) Past

17 Jun, 2017
Erase Your (Internet) Past

Addressing a growing concern, the panacea of user privacy comes in the form of a new application.

For those of you who break into a hot (or cold) sweat about all the traces your internet explorations are leaving behind, you may finally have something that could let you get off the carousel.

Swedish developers Wille Dahlbo and Linus Unnebäck created Deseat.me, an application that offers a way to wipe your entire existence off the internet in a few clicks.

When one thinks about it, it seems impossible to remember the number of websites or apps we have signed on to across our travails on the internet. From that news website, you signed up for to read one single article and never went back, to the app that you used to use once upon a time, it all starts to form a clutter pile that we can never really quite get rid of.

The spam and junk mail that we get in our updates and social tabs on the email itself are usually in thousands – all a sign of the fact that somewhere someone is reading the ‘cookies’ (the digital avatar of the mythical Crystal Ball), and using that data for intents and purposes only known to them.

Well, no need to sweat it anymore!

Deseat.me is the solution to the clutter problem. It finds all your available data and asks you what you want to do with each element of the pile.
You start with signing in with your email address on to their website, which, of course, is Deseat.me. Currently, Deseat.me allows you to sign in with Google, Outlook, Hotmail, MSN, and Live IDs.

Say you used your Google account to sign into various apps, news websites, social media platforms, and all sorts of other websites. Once you sign in, Deseat.me scans all the apps and services you have made an account for and provides a list of all of them. Depending on how long the list is, this can take you anywhere between five minutes to about an hour.

After it is done putting the data together, you can then choose to stay on certain websites, and delete your existence off of others.
Deseat.me shows you the name of the website on the left and the option to keep or delete it on the right. You can also choose to delete your existence off of all websites that the app collates, or choose to selectively retain accounts on certain websites.

Also, you don’t have to worry about sharing the details of your accounts with Deseat.me. The service uses OAuth 2.0 protocol, which is an industry standard protocol used for conveying authorization decisions, they do not have access to your account information either.
Privacy and data security is something we regard as extremely important“, says their website.

The developers have also highlighted that the program runs on the user’s computer, rather than their servers, which is another element that ensures the user’s privacy.

But at the end of that, you are free from some of the clutter in your digital life, or, the entirety of your digital life if that is what you’d prefer.