A useful tool to preserve anonymity on the network and remove the fingerprint.
One of the most criticized aspects of the Internet is the lack of anonymity and the ease with which the most insignificant data about what we do on the Internet can be stored, processed or even sold.
The so-called fingerprint has become an extension of ourselves. For example, a computer program may become capable of knowing our personality as much or more than our family and friends just by analyzing the “likes” we put on Facebook, as we saw in this article.
That is why the option of being able to erase our trace on the Internet has become a necessity that we should be able to have. Fortunately, ways are already being developed to make this possible.
If you are a person who has been using the Internet for more than 5 or 6 years, you will have noticed the ease with which you reach points where you have no choice but to register on web pages to access the service you need to use. In fact, many of them even ask for a mobile number.
However, most of the personal information that we leave on the Internet is not the data that we voluntarily enter in data collection sheets; It is our own Internet browsing that is most interesting to know.
Thus, our searches on Google, which pages we visit, the way in which we click on links going from one website to another … all these data, combined, serve to create a profile of our personality as Internet users. Not even the antivirus or incognito browsing modes that some browsers incorporate do not prevent this information from being spread over the network of networks.
This set of data about oneself that remains on the network due to our actions on the Internet is called a “digital footprint”, and it is what many people are interested in erasing.
Erasing the trail on the web
It is clear that the more time you have spent using the Internet through computers, tablets or smartphones, the more difficult it is to make the network clean of these traces. However, there are ways to eliminate much of the fingerprint, including deleting photos or texts.
One of the most interesting projects in this regard is that of the Swedes Wille Dahlbo and Linus Unnebäck, who have developed a website called Deseat.me. From this online platform it is possible to delete a large number of user accounts opened on Internet pages, social networks, forums, etc.
To use it, you only need to log in from a Google account and choose which profiles you want to permanently delete.
An expanding project
At the moment, Deseat.me does not allow you to erase any trace on the Internet, but only those that start from profiles opened on certain websites. However, there is no doubt that with the passage of time the increase in the population of digital natives and the need to preserve anonymity will make this same option and many others grow and become increasingly powerful tools.
If not, the privacy of many people would be seriously compromised. Not only would you live with a feeling of helplessness in the face of possible attacks in which personal information is taken advantage of, but this data could be used to further influence politics and processes related to the internal functioning of companies … with an obvious psychological impact : the appearance of situations that produce a lot of stress when using the Internet.
In fact, in recent years we have already seen how searching for old information on Facebook and Twitter is used to try to harm public figures. Over time, the same could extend to anyone who has spent decades using the Internet.