Protecting your identity online is essential to your brand, reputation and creditworthiness, much more important than updating your Instagram and Facebook every day. Several times a year, the news will cover a serious data breach of information held by major banks, insurance companies, and / or social media platforms. Once the data is taken, it can be misused or even lead to identity theft. Deleting your old social media accounts is a vital step in helping to ensure some measure of identity protection. It is imperative that you keep your online access to your current accounts safe and secure and delete old accounts.
Here is a guide that will help you delete your old accounts on the most popular social media sites.
Moving to the largest social media platform of all time, Facebook, with over a billion users, simplifies things and makes it incredibly easy for you to deactivate your account.
Once you enter the “settings” tab from the down arrow in your browser, select your Facebook information and then select delete your account and information. “When you are in this menu you will delete your account and you must add the password to confirm.
Foursquare hit the internet more than a decade ago so your friends know where you they are and finding out where they is it so. To delete your Foursquare account, you will need to access the platform from your computer. Go to the “privacy” settings tab where you need to scroll to the bottom of the page and find an option to delete your account. When you select this option, you will go to a page where you need to confirm whether or not you want to delete your account.
Google is the undisputed leader of search engines with one of the most interconnected ecosystems. By creating an account for Google, you can access a large number of different applications and websites without having to create separate accounts. To delete your Google+ or Gmail account, you will need to delete your entire Google account.
Go to “Google account settings” and choose “Remove account and services”. There you will see the option “remove products”, where you can access all your Google applications. You must first log in to all websites before you can delete your account.
Facebook’s younger brother is arguably the most widely used social media platform by Millennials, according to Hootsuite. Thanks to its focus on visual communication, it is the place to go to find talented artists.
Deleting your account is very simple and takes little time to get it right. While you can manage your privacy settings through the mobile app, you must use an internet browser to delete your account. Just go to the “delete your account page”, and there you will have to provide a reason to delete your account. Once you provide the reason, you will provide your password and then select the option to permanently delete the account.
LinkedIn is the social network for professionals seeking new opportunities to connect with other professionals and grow their businesses and careers. If you are on the platform, the profile must be complete and up-to-date. If you no longer use the platform, delete the account. In the upper right corner of any LinkedIn page, you will first need to access the “privacy and settings” tab. From there, choose the “account” tab and then select to close your LinkedIn account. You will need to provide feedback and verify your account before you can delete it. From there, you will see a post informing you of the consequences of deleting your account and then the final page that will be a confirmation.
This social media platform has been bought and sold multiple times since its glory days (2005 to 2009). In 2016, their database was breached and leaked to a dark market website. To delete your MySpace account, you will first need to log into the account you want to delete. From there, select the “gear” icon and choose the “account” tab. There, you will see an option to delete your account. Before you can delete your account, you will need to provide a reason, after which you will receive a confirmation email. Open the email and follow its instructions.
Pinterest is a web-based bulletin board or bulletin board, a place to bookmark images found online. To delete your Pinterest account, you will first need to go to the three-dot icon on the website and select the “edit settings” option. From there you will have to go down to the “account” page and select “deactivate account”. From there, you will click “yes” to receive an email, which you must open and follow to permanently delete your account.
Snapchat is a service that, for a short period of time, rivaled Facebook and was the social media app of choice for many people. As is the case with Instagram, you cannot delete your account from the mobile application; you must remove it from a suitable browser.
From the website browser, go to “delete your account” and enter your username and password. Your account is not instantly deleted and it takes around 30 days to delete all information.
Regardless of how famous you are, everyone has a username on Twitter. Many people follow and get their news from everyone’s tweets, from legitimate news creators and media organizations to enthusiastic fans of our favorite sports teams. Deleting your Twitter account is incredibly easy. It takes at least 30 days for all your tweets to be deleted. Select “settings and privacy” from the form in the menu and go to the account tab. From there you will have to deactivate your account and enter your password to confirm the action.
Tumblr probably has one of the most boisterous communities on the internet, which is why it’s very easy for anyone to delete their account. While you can delete your account, content that other people have republished will still be available on the site. To delete your account, click on the person icon on the website and go to “settings”. There select “delete account”, entering your email and password to confirm the process. Tumblr also claims that it takes a few days for them to properly delete all of their content.
WhatsApp is a free messaging application to send voice over IP (VoIP), images, video calls and documents through a mobile device. To delete your account, simply open your WhatsApp and go to the “settings” menu. From there, select account and go to “Delete my account”, after which you will need to enter your phone number in international code and tap on “delete”.
YouTube is second only to Facebook as a social media platform, owned by Alphabet, the owner of Google’s parent company. A well-managed channel can help improve website ratings. A channel that is not in use must be removed. Deleting your channel from the largest video-sharing platform on the internet is pretty simple. You will first need to log into your YouTube account and go to your advanced settings. From there choose “remove channel” and then opt to “remove channel permanently”. This will open a message where you can confirm if you want to delete your channel or if you still want to keep it.
Final words of advice
According to industry experts and a recent article in Consumer Reports, it is best practice to reduce the risk of your personal and professional data being misused or stolen by keeping your checking accounts safe and deleting accounts that are no longer in use.