Protecting your identity online is vital to your brand, reputation, and creditworthiness, much more than updating your Instagram and Facebook in a day. Several times a year the news will cover serious data breaches of information being held by major banks, insurance companies, and/or social media platforms. Once the account holder’s data is taken, it can be misused or even lead to identity theft. Deleting your old social media accounts is an important step to help make sure some measure of identity protection. It is imperative that you keep your online access to your current accounts safe and secure and delete any old accounts.
Here is a guide that will help you delete your old accounts on the most popular social media sites.
Running the largest social network platform ever, Facebook, with over a billion users, keeps things simple and makes it incredibly easy for you to deactivate your account.
Once you are in your browser with the down arrow go into the “Settings” tab, select your Facebook information and then select Delete your account and information. When you are in this menu you will go to delete your account and have to add a password to confirm. honestly
hit the Internet a decade ago for letting friends know where you are and finding out where they are. To delete your Foursquare account, you need to access the platform from your computer.
Firstly, Go to the “Privacy” settings tab where you have to scroll down to the end of the page and find the option to delete your account. When you select this option you will be taken to a page where you need to confirm whether you want to delete your account or not.
Google is the undoubted search engine leader with one of the most interconnected ecosystems. By creating an account for Google, you are able to access a plethora of different applications and websites without having to create separate accounts.
To delete your Google+ or Gmail account, you’ll need to delete your entire Google Account. Go to the “Google Account Settings” and open then select the “Delete Account and Services”. There you will see the option “Remove product”, where you can access all your Google apps. You must be signed in to all websites before deleting your account.
According to Hootsuite, Facebook’s younger brother is probably the most used social media platform by Millennials. Thanks to its focus on visual communication, this is the place to find talented artists. Deleting your account is very easy and takes very less time to complete properly. While you can manage your privacy settings using the mobile app. you will need to go on an internet browser to delete your account.
Just go to “Delete your account”, and there you have to specify the reason for deleting your account. Once the reason is given, you will provide your password and then select the option to permanently delete the account.
LinkedIn is the social network for professionals looking for new opportunities to connect with other professionals and grow their businesses and career. If you are on the platform, the profile should be complete and updated. If you are no longer using the platform then delete the account.
In the upper-right corner of any LinkedIn page and you’ll first need to access the “Privacy & Settings” tab. From there, select the “Account” tab and then choose to close your LinkedIn account. You will need to provide your feedback and verify your account before you can delete it. From there you will see a post informing you about the consequences of deleting your account and then the last page which will be for confirmation.
This social media platform has been bought and sold many times since its glory days (2005 to 2009). In 2016 their database was breached & leaked to a dark market website. To delete your MySpace account, you must first log in to the account you want to delete.
From there, select the “Gear” icon and select the “Account” tab. There, you will find the option to delete your account. Before you can delete your account, you must provide a reason after which you will receive an email for confirmation. Open the email and follow its steps.
Pinterest is a web-based pinboard, or bulletin board, for bookmarking images found online. To delete your Pinterest account you have to first go to the triple-dot icon on the website and select the “Edit Settings” option.
From there you need to go to the “Account” page and select “Deactivate Account”. From there you will click “yes” to receive an email that you need to open and follow up to delete your account permanently.
Snapchat is a service that rivaled Facebook for a short time and was the social media app for many. As with Instagram, you cannot delete your account from the mobile app; You have to remove it from the proper browser.
From the website browser Firstly, go to “Delete your account” and enter your username and password. Your account is not deleted immediately and it takes about 30 days to get rid of all knowledge.
Regardless of how famous you really are, everyone has a Twitter handle. Many of us follow and receive news from legitimate newsmakers and media organizations to tweets from 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 & Privacy” from the figure on the menu and enter the Account tab. From there you will need to deactivate your account and enter your password to verify the action.
Tumblr has one of the most bustling communities on the web which is why it’s so easy for anyone to delete their account. As long as you’re ready to delete your account, content that people have reposted will remain available on the location.
To delete your account, click on the person-shaped icon on the Web site, and go to “Settings”. Afterward, select “Delete Account” while entering your email and password to verify the method. Tumblr also states that they take a few days to properly erase all of your content.
WhatsApp can be a free messaging app for voice IP (VoIP), sending images, video calls, and documents connected to a mobile device.
To delete your account, just open your WhatsApp and go to the “Settings” menu. From there, select the account and participate in “Delete my account”, after which you will need to enter your telephone number in the international code and tap “Delete”
YouTube is second only to Facebook as a social media platform, which is owned by Google’s parent company Alphabet. A well-managed channel can help in increasing website ratings. A channel that is not in use should be removed. It’s very easy to delete your channel from the most important video-sharing platform on the web. You’ll first need to sign in to your YouTube account and go to your advanced settings.
From there, select “Delete channel” and then select “Permanently delete the channel.” This may launch a prompt where you will confirm whether you want to delete your channel or keep it anyway.