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Use this website to remove yourself from the internet

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No one is denying it: The internet is a scary place with potential for your personal information to be leaked out in many places. All of which could lead to potentially life altering consequences.

The Telegraph pulled up some recent “High profile hacks” that you probably heard about on the news (and might have even been affected by).

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Not only is the internet dangerous, it has sparked much drama, causing some people to lose friends, and there is always the threat of being monitored by governments (both foreign and domestic).

Developers from Sweden have developed a website that allows you to remove yourself from the internet (as best as you can) with just a few clicks.

The website, called Deseat.me was created by Wille Dahlbo and Linus Unnebäck as a place for people to “clean up your internet presence.”

With just a few clicks you can see all of the websites you’re signed up for and have accounts for, and offers direct links for you to delete your account and remove yourself from the internet.

Dahlbo and Unnebäck said they take the privacy of users seriously and that the program runs on the user’s computer, rather than their servers – a smart measure for those who are worried about yet another potential opportunity for hackers to steal your data.

“So basically the only thing you’re telling us is what accounts you want to delete. That’s it,” they said. The website uses Google’s security protocol, which means it doesn’t gain access to users’ log in information, they added.

Right now the site is fairly limited, requiring that you have a gmail to use it and be signed up for accounts with that email address. Also some websites don’t yet have a direct link to delete your account but many do.

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What are your thoughts on this? Will you use this to clean up some unused accounts? Let us know below!

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