We all know life on the internet can be dangerous as hell, but not all of us know how to erase what presence we have or how to remain safe on the internet. There are a few approaches to this, and I'll be going over those along with giving resources for wiping your slate clean. As a note: Going completely invisible is not recommended by most experts, due to how much jobs depend on what your social media presence says these days. Method One: Needle in a Haystack This is my personal method of internet safety. There are a few tenets to make this work, but generally it's very effective. Don't bother with big drama publicly. Keep most of your personal information off of the internet if you can. Depend on the fact that there are so many people on the internet that you may never be targeted. This is based upon a very basic cryptological method: If your information is hidden within tons of other information, it's impossible to find exactly what is being looked for without knowing what to look for. This method is very basic, what most people use, and generally pretty safe to depend on. However, to do this effectively you may want to follow the next method before defaulting onto this one. Method Two: Near Invisibility This method can be a pain to upkeep, your information is being gathered by several companies all the time and making sure that none of it is posted online requires a lot of attention and know-how. This method is very much something that is very permanent in some regards, and can make it hard for you to get a job. Doing this and then recreating your online presence is a viable strategy. Do not post personal information of any kind online Delete as many accounts as you can (Facebook, twitter, youtube, linkedin, flickr, tumblr, paypal, gaming sites, Alma maters, craigslist, ect) If you do not delete them pull as much information off of them as possible. Remove information from Undeletable accounts and post misinformation on them Create a new e-mail and do not link the name of it to yourself at all Delete any personal sites (Including forum posts) Check with your phone company to make sure you're not listed online Cancel mailing lists Delete search engine returns that feature you (You can easily ungoogle yourself and contact other engines to do the same thing). If you're easily overwhelmed, find a professional company to remove your details from the internet. This includes deep web removal, be sure they have agreements with data source providers. Clean up your history , cookies, ect on your computer Accept that some things won't ever be removable. If this looks like a lot of work, it is. It's a pain to keep up with as well. Parts of this method are not bad to do for general use (deleting some social media accounts, watching what you put online, checking if your phone is listed, ect), however there are dangers with doing this. Information will always leak, especially if you're using phone apps and don't completely lock them down as well. This method, when followed to the T, can be very mentally strenuous and I would only recommend doing quick lookups on some of the more important things and approaching it more from the Method One style. Helpful Links! Gizmodo article on how to erase yourself from the internet - This article goes on a very basic rundown of how to delete the major Social Media accounts and how to clean up any scraps left behind. Gizmodo article on how to remove personal information from background check websites - This article talks about how to clear out a lot more in-depth information. These sites have a social media paper trail on you, and are what employers often use to judge people's social media by. Wikihow on how to delete yourself from the internet - I used this for a lot of reference (since my memory is shit) so I'm linking it. It's pretty helpful too. It is written more for method two and is very much a 'what to do if you have stalkers'. How to Clean up your online presence - This is more for how to clean up your online presence (still a very good thing to do, much less drastic than erasing it). How to do Deep Searches of People - This is useful if only because it shows you how people get your information, you can also use this to search yourself to help clean up after yourself online. Washington Post article for how to hide yourself online - This article was written after that one creepy geneology site showed up, it's particularly well written. The most useful of these links are the two gizmodo articles, the wikihow, and the washington post. All of them are useful, but those four are by far the best. Feel free to ask questions and I'm sure others have input on how to protect yourself online.