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Two British students have created a website designed to help people nuke their accounts with crappy online services. The Portsmouth University pair claim to have received one million visits on their new website, JustDelete.me, which launched only two weeks ago. Their site provides a one-stop shop for anyone looking to manage …

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It works really wel.............

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Cue furious edits on many sites

to hide their 'delete' / 'unsubscribe' pages even further.

Keeping this site uptodate with the correct locations of the pages that the site operators would rather you don't find and use is a pretty thankless task especially once the operators start playing a cat/mouse game with these people.

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A great idea. Where's the link to set up a 'justdelete.me' account?

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huh?

Where's the link to the page to DELETE a justdelete.me account?

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Credit where due

Simple premise, spotted a niche, good luck to them!

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Lets hope

those lovely privacy companies that seem to get the payouts from Google et al help these guys out.

Stu..

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Impossible sites?

Just how offensive or pornographic (or offensively pornographic) can you make your content before you get the banhammer?

More than one way to skin that cat.

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JDX
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Re: Impossible sites?

BEing banned isn't the same as having your account deleted.

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Re: Impossible sites?

No, but a whole bunch of people replacing their name with "Cockmeister McFuck", and their profile picture with dongcopters and other such loveliness might prompt the site owners to allow deletions. Even if not, it's a funny form of protest that leaves the offending site in an awesome state for future viewers.

Of course if it's a site where the owners are not likely to be offended by such imagery, you do a bit of research and find something that will offend the site owners.

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Re: Impossible sites?

Upvoted for saying "dongcopters".

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I like Skype

Contact customer services. You’ll need to know 5 contacts from your contacts list, the month you created your account, and your signup email address.

I never had that many contacts with Skype, and when I signed up? Are you kidding? That was years ago and stuffed if I remember what I did last week let alone when I joined...

In other words, nothing's changed - you can never, ever, delete your account.

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Re: I like Skype

Even when you've got all of that they can't cope with simple requests. I happen to have the "Welcome to Skype" email from an account so I know when it was created, and have all the other information, and yet they still can't fix their system to send a password reset to the primary email address which they reckon is invalid. However, if I attempt to sign up a new account using the email address, the system claims it's already got an account associated with it. The email address works, but their server won't even try sending it email.

On the basis of that experience, I don't rate the chances of someone managing to get an account deleted.

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Re: I like Skype

Skype account recovery stopped working soon after Microsoft took over. At first, the password reset codes they sent simply stopped working then not long after that the emails stopped coming. They want people to log in with a Windows Live/Hotmail account.

I feel sorry for people, but I can't help. (I run an on-site computer service and "can't get on Skype" is often in the list of questions). At least, I haven't been able to recover anyone's skype account in some time. They have to register a new one and get their contacts all over again.

Microsoft pollutes everything they touch. That program has gotten even more bloated and nauseating, too.

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Hotel California

To quote The Eagles, 'You can check out any time you like | but you can never leave...'

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And Facebook keeps all those pictures.

They just remove your ability link to the images. Party on, don't mind us using your face for advertising do you? Even if you've deleted your account? Yes? Well tough, move along now.

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Re: And Facebook keeps all those pictures.

Below is the "account deletion" section of the Data Use Policy from facebook (https://www.facebook.com/full_data_use_policy)

"Deletion

When you delete an account, it is permanently deleted from Facebook. It typically takes about one month to delete an account, but some information may remain in backup copies and logs for up to 90 days. You should only delete your account if you are sure you never want to reactivate it. You can delete your account at: https://www.facebook.com/help/contact.php?show_form=delete_account

Learn more at: https://www.facebook.com/help/?faq=356107851084108

Certain information is needed to provide you with services, so we only delete this information after you delete your account. Some of the things you do on Facebook aren’t stored in your account, like posting to a group or sending someone a message (where your friend may still have a message you sent, even after you delete your account). That information remains after you delete your account."

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Re: And Facebook keeps all those pictures.

It's of course your choice if you want to believe what Facebook tells you, but - provided you already have an account - you'll pretty much have to.

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But why?

Why would anyone use their real credentials on these sites?

Fake name: check

Honeypot email: check

As far as I can tell, I don't exist on the Internet.

Not that I can find anyway.

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Re: But why?

Post your details here and we'll see if the Reg readership can find any trace of you ;)

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Re: But why?

I exist, but there are other people with the same name who are far more popular on the internet so you have to look really hard to find me unless you've got a good starting point.

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Why would anyone use their real credentials on these sites?

Ever heard the phrase "garbage in, garbage out"? The entire point of networking sites is that people who know you can find you. I can't be bothered keeping track of who "minni mouse" is in real life, and matching online accounts to real life people is the whole point, unlike forums like these.

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Re: But why?

OP here:

After an extensive search I found a single reference to myself.

I am mentioned against a 1974 school photo.

So i DO exist!

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Re: But why?

Well, you did exist in 1974. For all I know you could have died in 1975... did you?

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Big Brother

I'm still more worried about corp spying

And this is why: (from the article)

However, if you have ever spent time inside Nintendo's Animal Crossing community, tried a bit of Couchsurfing, subscribed to blogs run by Gawker Media, managed your life with Evernote or launched a website with the help of GoDaddy, you're outta luck - because the students claim your accounts "cannot be deleted".

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"Robb Lewis (who presumably added the extra letter to make his name look a bit cooler"

Obviously an iFolly owner!

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bloody minded intrusiveness

Hotmail: words to the effect that "we need your phone number in case you lose your password and you have 7 days to comply" Not bloody likely, mate. Yahoo tried this some months ago and gave up, presumably because most people smelled a rat and refused..

Blackberry: words to effect that "If you want to download from our app store via your phone you must give your Blackberry ID. The email address you gave for your ID (in my case fake) will be regarded as your email address for your phone" So, no good if I want to set up push email.

Instead, downloaded via PC and router which did not seem to impose this but did insist on downloading fresh install software and fresh ID software to phone, rebooting the phone (very slowly) twice. It all took an age and has totally put me off using the Blackberry app store. Similar truculence at every point in dealing with Blackberry. No wonder they are headed for the boneyard.

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Try getting the reference manual for a chip...

My ZIP code is 90210, just like every over embedded system programmer. My phone number is identical to their fax number. I am my current project is intelligent flame retardant underwear and my name really is Mr Stopasking Stupidquestions. I would like to thank username@example.org for saving everybody's time by using the password 'password'.

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AccountKiller.com has been offering the same service for quite a while I believe.

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Its not just deleting that proves difficult.

Changing your name can be impossible on some.

My other half has taken my name but so many places force her to use her maiden name and refuse to change their details.

Even worse if you are divorced and trying to rid yourself of all traces of your ex, especially having their name.

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Re: Its not just deleting that proves difficult.

Which is why - in 2013 - I don't understand why many women change their names when they get married.

Fair enough if you can't stand your birth name and do the whole deed poll hassle - you should be able to easily change your ID in that instance - but for marriage?

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Steamed off

I'm not surprise that Steam is listed as impossible. That has been my experience too. I tried it for one game then decided to buy it standalone and didn't go back, even deleted the Steam app from my system.

Then I start to get automated emails from them that someone has tried to access my account. So I contact Steam support about it and suggested they closet the account as an easy remedy. No dice and no solution to the person/people repeatedly trying to hack it. Just suggested someone got confused, yeah right.

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Lecturer in irony shocker

the web’s unique potential as a platform for individuals to not only share knowledge globally

That's sort of the opposite of what they were trying to acheive, Doc.

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Easy way to delete accounts from sites! Control what data is available and who can see it!

Also please use our Google Chrome addon...

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Lawyer form letter

Any chance there's a DMCA style form letter (at least in the US) that we can send these assholes when they refuse to delete an account? Some easy of asserting copyright over my personal info? Or maybe some hidden clause in HIPPA?

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I had previously managed to get an Evernote account deleted by emailing customer support following a T&C's change. evernote advised they would deactivate my account. I replied re-advising that I rejected the change in our contract and would there legal team either confirm I could continue on a bespoke terms of use or would they close my account.

They closed my account

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