Quick: name every single place your email address has wound up in over the years.
Okay, you can give up now – but only because a new web tool will do it for you.
Deseat.me is designed to help you diminish your digital footprint, although it really only works if you use Gmail as your main email account. After logging into Deseat.me through Google, the Swedish software will conduct a deep dive into your web records and present you with a comprehensive list of every single social media platform, mailing list or online store that has your email address in its database.
Remember that time you hastily gave Payless ShoeSource your contact info as the cashier rang in your flip-flops, desperate to avoid any hold-up in your rush to get to the beach?
Probably not, but they’re on the list. Along with that obscure social network your friend tried to get you on board with, and a million other companies whose names you probably wouldn’t even recognize anymore.
Once all your past digital indiscretions are laid out before you nice and mockingly, Deseat.me allows you to tag the services you want to delete or unsubscribe from. The tool will even provide you with direct links to certain companies’ unsubscribe pages, although it appears you have to do some of the legwork yourself in other cases.
If the irony of giving your email address to yet another service isn't lost on you, take comfort in Deseat.me's promise that it's not taking you for a ride.
"Privacy and data security is something we regard as extremely important. In fact, its our number one focus from beginning to end. Thats why we built it to run on your computer. So basically the only thing you're telling us is what accounts you want to delete," reads the Deseat.me information page.
In this age of growing concern for cybersecurity, it’s a welcome (if vaguely mortifying) exercise.