How to Scrub Yourself from the Internet

Unfortunately, you can’t fully scrub yourself from the internet. A bit of you will always linger, whether it’s in data-broker databases, on old social media you forgot about, or in the back of someone else’s vacation photos on Flickr.

That’s no reason to give up! You can absolutely take steps to protect your privacy by cleaning up things like your Google results. For the best results you’ll need time, money, patience, and to live in a country or state with strong privacy laws. Here are the steps you'll need to take:

  1. Start with Google
  2. Opt out, opt out some more
  3. Limit what you put online
  4. Use a third-party service

This article covers each step in detail, including links to the websites that are aggregating and disseminating your data.