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5 things you cannot remove about your personal life online

Ever hear about a digital footprint? Well, unless you’re a survival camper in the woods, you have one. With most of us living our lives online through social media, you’d be horrified to find out how much the internet knows about you. Tap or click here to see everything Google knows about you with one search.

We all have this unreal idea floating around that if you delete something from your computer or the internet, it disappears. Right? Sadly, that is not the case. Some things can’t be deleted from the internet, no matter how hard you try.

While some things can be deactivated and deleted, traces usually remain somewhere online or on someone’s computer. The best thing you can do to protect yourself from unwanted information becoming public is to not put it out there in the first place. Keep reading for personal stuff that can’t be removed.

1. Zillow’s listing of your personal home

Zillow keeps public listings of almost every home out there. It includes pictures and intimate details of your property. How much your home is worth and how much you purchased it for are available directly on Zillow’s website.

If you don’t want your home listed on Zillow, head here to find out how to remove as much of the information as possible.

2. Public records of your home

Housing information is typically public information, especially if your home is older. Your private banking information isn’t necessarily private either. Someone can look up information regarding your mortgage by heading to county assessor sites. It is a little scary how much a stranger can find out about your private residence by heading to public assessor sites.

3. Major legal events like marriages

Anything that is a public record is typically impossible to remove from the digital ether. This means your first, second and maybe third marriage is out there for anyone to find, whether you want them to or not.

Divorced? This is a public record too and easily searchable online. If you’ve ever been arrested, even if it was years ago, it can easily turn up in search results if someone looks for it.

Bankruptcies are on the list too. So if you are applying for a new job or mortgage, it is better to disclose the information ahead of time before finding out on their own. To minimize what people find in searches, Tap or click here to opt out of people search websites.

4. Social media information

Social media networks like Facebook give you a false sense of security with their deactivate and delete feature. They want you to believe that if you delete your account from their platform, all the information you put out there is magically removed from the internet, and that is not the case.

While you may be able to remove some information, much of it is still floating around somewhere. Whether it’s a copy of your photo or a comment someone has saved, the information is likely out there somewhere. Tap or click here for steps to delete your Facebook account.

5. Taxes, Taxes, Taxes

Remember that matter of public record comment above? Taxes fall into that category. You’re paid and unpaid taxes can be discovered by anyone out there who is looking to find it. Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do to minimize this coming up.

While you can’t delete everything from the internet. There are steps you can take to remove as much information as possible. Tap or click here for tips to remove delete yourself from the internet.

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