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Unused Accounts Pose a Cyber Security Risk

Did you know unused accounts are dangerous?

 

Everywhere we go online, companies big and small want us to sign up for something. The worst ones are those who they hide their pricing behind account creation. Transparency is freedom. A good indication a company isn't worth checking out is the ones who obscure their pricing plans behind a lead capture form.

You may give them your email address and contact information but 10 minutes later, you could be regretting having opened your millionth account to date because they have nothing you need or want. And now they have your info to spam or sell or both!

❗❗ Thousands or millions (depending on how clicky you are) of accounts are rolling around with your information in it, easily with outdated passwords from 2013 when they shouldn't be more than 3 months old. Are you stuck with all these one-time, outdated or unneeded accounts? No.
 


Here are the steps to close or at minimum deactivate your account. ✅✅✅
 

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Remove all sensitive data (as much as possible) from your account. This includes information and images.

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Remove or edit your location and other entered profile or account info.

 

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We made a graphic for you to use on accounts you need deleted or closed. Right click and save to your files to use. Then upload to the accounts you want to close and replace any profile or account images with it.

 

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Once you have cleaned up your account, contact the company for deletion or deactivation and use this template as a starting point:

"Dear <company>, please close my account. I no longer use or need it. And unused accounts pose a security risk. Thank you."

⚠ Note: If money or sensitive activities are involved, the account may not be able to be deleted however, you can absolutely request a closure or permanent deactivation without reversal. This essentially stops (or reduces) the risk of anyone else breaching your account or data by logging into and reactivating your account.

TNW Creations is a Web Development & Media Publishing Agency in Austin, Texas. Web Development, cyber security, web design, clean energy web host, Advanced SEO, Digital Marketing and more since 1995.

I've been programming, designing, writing and publishing professionally online since 1995. I've worn many hats throughout my life, but the common core of my career has always been media. Besides the portfolio you see on TNW Creations, my internet presence has been substantial for over 2 decades. In 1995, while still in college, I founded TNW Creations and became part of the grassroots development for teaching the Lakhota language online. By 2004, my bilingual work was listed on many sites, including National Geographic , Encarta and Touchstone Pictures Hidalgo. When I'm not developing and writing, you'll find me managing MagicStoryLand.Com, creating kid-friendly game & video content, investigating and initating hostile website takedowns, posting salty articles about cyber threats, moderating UnifyLife.Org and enjoying my  community, church & family.