You might have probably signed up for a lot of social media accounts that are presently inactive. Some were created because you were testing the platform or because you were trying to hid your identity from someone. Whatever the reason might be, you should remember that most of these account(s) still have your personal data which is a very juicy target lying around for attackers.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Why you must delete your old inactive account(s)
- How to get the Account(s)
- Deleting your Old Account(s)
- Keeping other Account(s) safe
Why you must delete your Old Inactive Accounts
Imagine what happens if an hacker gains access to one of your account with similar password with others. Even if you don’t reuse passwords, the personal data associated with your old, unused account could still give attackers answers to your security question on other websites.
Moreso, We live in an age where data breaches has become a normal thing.
What happens if a service is breached and leaks all the personal data you’ve uploaded to it? What happens if a developer goes rogue and abuses saved credit card numbers, spams you, or sells their service to a company that will?
To protect your privacy, the best option for you is to close those outdated accounts rather than leaving them dormant.
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HOW TO GET THE ACCOUNTS
Well, the first thing before deleting an account is getting the account and then gaining access to the account. I have some tips belowc that can help you find them:
- Look in Your Password Manager: If you use a password manager to keep track of all your login details, your password manager will effectively be a database of all the accounts you have open. Even if you use your browser’s built-in password manager, it may remember many of your accounts. Look through the list of saved logins for accounts you no longer use.
- Search Your Email: If you search your email for “welcome,” “verify,” “your account,” “free trial,” and similar phrases found in the “Welcome” emails that many services send, you might discover quite a few old account(s) you’ve forgotten about.
- Check Facebook, Google, or Twitter: Many services let you “sign in” with Facebook, Google, and Twitter accounts to create an account. If you’ve used this feature, check your list of apps connected to your account. Bear in mind that you can’t just “disconnect” the connection to clear your data. This won’t make the other service actually delete your account.
- Visit Have I Been Pwned?: This service shows you which leaks your email address has been a part of. It might remind you of some old accounts—and it’ll show you which publicly available leaks have already contained your data
Deleting your Old Accounts
Obviously, the next thing is deleting those accounts. Actually deleting the account(s) should be the easy part—but unfortunately, it often isn’t
Here are some tips for finding out how to actually delete an account:
- Search for the name of the website or service and “delete account” using a web search engine like Google or DuckDuckGo.
- Check JustDelete.me, which offers a convenient database with instructions for deleting a wide variety of online accounts.
- Contact the website’s support and ask to delete the account.
In some cases, you might try to sign in to an account and notice that the service automatically deleted your old account for inactivity—or the service may no longer exist.
Unfortunately, some services provide no way to delete your old account(s).
Keeping other Account(s) safe
The question now is what if you can’t delete the account or you did not gain access to other accounts, what can you do to safeguard your active account(s)?
Well, the best option for you is to change all your account password, delete credit cards details and other personal details. That would actually go a long way in safeguarding your account from intruders.
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