Been too connected recently on the social networks and life online that you feel the need to get out? Have you been longing to disconnect from the online world and relive those good old days where human interaction was more? Swedish-based Deseat is the solution for those who’re looking to wipe off their virtual entity.
This website helps you sign up with your Google account and automatically gathers all links to your online accounts on various websites and helps you ‘Clean up your existence’.
Don’t worry; it doesn’t delete you from the internet as soon as you sign in — you’ll be presented with an option to do that yourself.
The app doesn’t delete your accounts directly, rather guides you to the appropriate links and instructions to do that yourself. One can even schedule the deletion of an account — sort of like a wishlist for getting disconnected.
As far as the privacy and data security of your various accounts go, the company maintains that they regard those two things as ‘extremely important’.
The website claims that they don’t get access to any of your login information as they use Googles OAuth protocol.
Deseat won’t delete your accounts on several websites in a single click, rather it’ll take you as many clicks as you have linked accounts.
How Does it Work?
- Log into the Deseat website using your Google account credentials.
- The website will show a complete list of services with which your Google account is linked.
- You’ve the option to add a particular website to the ‘Delete queue’ or add it to your ‘My accounts’ sub-heading on your Deseat dashboard.
- You also have the option to list a service as ‘not a user’, which will simply take that website out of Deseat’s list of your accounts.
Deseat supports only a limited number of websites right now, and you won’t be provided delete links to all the services you’ve subscribed. Rest assured, prominent social media websites like Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon and others are listed.
The lesser known apps/websites won’t get their unique delete links, but at least this service will let you know about all the websites that have been sending you those spammy emails and newsletters.
Addressing your privacy concern: As shown below, I tried deleting an account, and that’s how Deseat handled my request.
This goes to show that the website isn’t storing passwords for your various accounts, but there was one particular thing that bothers me — Deseat requested permission to access my Gmail account to read the emails, messages and contact list.
Maybe I’m a bit paranoid, but I’m yet not sure about the level of access I’m providing to Deseat.
Anyways, you can always revoke access to any web service from your Google account, and I’ll do the same as soon as I’m done taking help to pull off a Houdini on several websites that I subscribed in the past.