Deleting my account should be easy

I’ve been thinking about my digital hygiene recently, which meant reviewing my various services, subscriptions and providers. I’ll go into more detail in another post but as a first step I looked at all my accounts to see which ones I’m not using anymore in order to shut them down.

There’s no harm in just ignoring these accounts indefinitely but why risk it? What happens if said website or app gets compromised? Unnecessary exposure is best to be avoided and so deleting idle ones just makes sense.

To my surprise, deleting my accounts and my data wasn’t always straight-forward and some of them didn’t even provide an option to do so. This should be the bare minimum and something I expect if I sign up to a service.

I want to be able to erase any trace of my presence just as easily as when I signed up in the first place.