We’ve all done it – created an online account and then forgotten about it. Unfortunately, a forgotten digital footprint can lead to more opportunities for hackers to access your personal information. With the fast evolution of social media, there are many platforms that are dormant but still contain personal information that can be harmful to users when in the wrong hands. According to Consumer Reports, “a number of essentially defunct platforms, such as Myspace and Google+, have suffered data breaches that affected tens of millions of users who may not have used the platforms in years.”
It is always a risk to share personal information on the Internet, but it is even riskier to share it and then lose track of it. For a helpful list of how to get rid of some common social media accounts once and for all, visit the Consumer Reports website.