Remember the days when you would set up a service account using the old fashioned pen and paper?
As technology evolves, this has become a thing of the past, and more companies from banks, utility, eCommerce etc require you to create an online account, or submit your email address.
Have you ever though about all the accounts you may have set up online, disclosing personal details from your email address, phone number, saved bank card details, home address?
It is next to impossible, not to disclose any sensitive information about our identity online when we are setting up accounts!
Online users are providing information to newsletter subscriptions, online shopping, banking, downloading applications. It is just the norm today in our digital world!
Have you ever created more than one email address in the past?Most people have at some stage created more than one email address in the last 20 years or more! Email addresses can still be live, but inactive by the user. This can put your online privacy and data at risk, especially if it’s an older inactive email address that is live. There is a higher chance of this been misused or stolen by cyberattacks.
Do you remember your first email address?
Did you know some email addresses that have been inactive can be recycled to another user?
We have created some tips on how to check for old online accounts so you can then delete them
Tracing old online accounts
The quickest and easy method for this is to check ALL your email address accounts and trace back over the last number of years.
Filter your search in all folders to include search words :
“thank you for signing up”
Trace using search engines
Use search engines like Ask.com, Google, Firefox, Bing, Yahoo, to search your username on your online accounts, and see what results come back.You should also do a search of your “full name” and email address too, as this can give you more results.
Check your internet browser for passwords that might be automatically saved.
Google Chrome > Settings > Passwords > Saved Passwords
Safari > Preferences > Passwords
Firefox > Options > Security > Saved Passwords > Show Passwords
Microsoft Edge > Settings > Passwords & Autofill > Manage Passwords
Internet Explorer > Settings > View Advanced Settings > Manage Passwords
Click “forget password” if you want to delete this information from your browser.
Closing Online Accounts
Issue may arise when you try to close old online accounts, if you can’t gain access, try emailing the site administrator asking for your account to be terminated, or calling the telephone number provided.
Check website’s like “justdelete.me” , that provide instructions on how to terminate your account with different web services.
We recommend if you are unable to delete your account, change the account username details and delete personal information, this reduces the risk of private information been hacked or cloned.