How to delete yourself from the internet

Discussion in 'privacy general' started by ZMsiXone, Jul 25, 2019.

  1. ZMsiXone

    ZMsiXone Registered Member

    Mar 30, 2017

  2. mirimir

    mirimir Registered Member

    Oct 1, 2011
    Sure, but you can create multiple personas, and compartmentalize online activities.

    I mean, I have an Amazon account using my real name, email, address and credit card. So I can buy stuff. But there's no link to Mirimir. And there are no links between either and other more-anonymous personas, who only do stuff via Tor.

    I did delete my real-name Facebook account, on general principles. And I don't use smartphones, so I don't need a Google account.
  3. guest

    guest Guest

    Once on the net, forever on the net, there is no escape.
    You can hide but you can't erase your traces.
    Trying to be truly anonymous is out of reach of normal people, you need tons of cash, just to use a new devices each time you connect on the net. Hardware can be traced, software can be traced, you will be traced.

    Don't fight, resistance is futile, surrender to live an happy and safe life.
  4. mirimir

    mirimir Registered Member

    Oct 1, 2011
    I pretty much agree.

    And perhaps I'm rather a special case. For one thing, I'm old. So my life before the early 90s was totally offline. I was active during the late 90s, mainly on Usenet and some mail lists. But I quickly transitioned to pseudonyms via remailer chains.

    I did banking, Amazon, etc online, using my real name, and still do. Also some personal email, and even Facebook, for a few years. Then, during the 00s and 01s, I did litigation consulting, and couldn't say much about it, even in meatspace. And throughout, I was still using personas for private stuff, but via VPNs and Tor. Although I did play with remailer chains too.

    So sure, there is some old real-name stuff on Usenet. But linking it to any of my current online identities would be very difficult, because I no longer care about what interested me then. And everything except mundane stuff is compartmentalized using numerous personas.

    That'd be harder for someone who had created a huge online presence. You'd basically need to close all your old email accounts, and stop using all your old forums and social media. And forget about all your old interests. Also all your old online friends. Just disappear. As if you had died.

    You'd get a new email account for banking, Amazon, etc. And you'd learn how to use nested VPN chains, Tor and anonymized Bitcoin or whatever. You'd build multiple online personas, at least one for each major area of interest, using new email accounts. You'd compartmentalize them at levels of hardware, VMs, LAN, and Internet connectivity (using different combinations of nested VPN chains and Tor).

    Your old stuff would still be there. But largely, you'd effectively had died. If anyone hits you through a new email, nuke it and create another. If any of your new personas get linked, nuke them and create others.
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