Purging long-forgotten online accounts: Worth the trouble?

Associated Press |

NEW YORK (AP) — The internet is riddled with long-forgotten accounts on social media, dating apps and various shopping sites used once or twice.

There's Google Plus, the social network that recently shut down following a bug affecting personal data on a half-million users. Then there's your old Tinder account, long after you found a mate or gave up.

It might not seem like a big deal to have these accounts linger. But with hacking in the news constantly, including a breach affecting 50 million Facebook accounts, you might not want all that data sitting around.

Trouble is, cleaning up your digital past isn't easy. You have to remember all the stuff you signed up for, recall old passwords and logins. And even after all that, some sites don't even let you leave.

DISCLOSURE: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors, and do not represent the views of equities.com. Readers should not consider statements made by the author as formal recommendations and should consult their financial advisor before making any investment decisions. To read our full disclosure, please go to: http://www.equities.com/disclaimer

Comments

Emerging Growth

NXT-ID Inc.

Nxt-ID Inc provides products, solutions, and services that have a need for biometric secure access control. Its lines of business include mobile commerce; law enforcement and biometric access control applications…