Had Enough of the Internet? Delete Yourself from the Net Here

A new site offers a way to delete most of your Internet accounts in one go.

The internet is an invaluable aid in most aspects of our life. It helps us communicate with friends and meet new people, it’s indispensable in shopping, traveling, staying healthy, gaming, advancing science, researching for school or just for fun, and has a myriad other uses. But for everything the internet has given us, there are often days when many have enough of it. The overload of information, the endless pictures on social media, the hackers, the trolls, the political discussions - it’s all just too much. But what to do? Now a Swedish site offers a way to delete yourself from the Internet with just a few clicks.

Deseat.me, from developers Wille Dahlbo and Linus Unnebäck, works by scanning popular apps and services where you might have an account, then offers you a list with easy delete or unsubscribe links. 

One potential catch - the site asks you to log in using your Google account. It’s not clear how it will then help you get rid of this account as well. The developers utilize Google’s OAuth protocol and maintain that they safeguard each user’s privacy by making sure the process takes place on the user’s computer, not on their servers.  They don’t get access to your login info.

"So basically the only thing you're telling us is what accounts you want to delete. That's it,” said the programmers on their site.

While it already works with most major sites like Facebook, the developers are working on adding more accounts. A way to log in with a non-Google email would also be welcome.

Cover photo by TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images.

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