Have you ever felt frustrated when trying to close an online account, but you don’t know how, then you forget it? Keeping all of this unused personal data on the Internet could put your digital privacy and security at risk. Now, Consumer Reports is revealing some tips and tricks to help you say goodbye to junk accounts once and for all.
Start by checking the account settings or menu for each account. If not, go to the Help menu or even Frequently Asked Questions for instructions.
If you still haven’t found it, try contacting customer service. It is often faster to go through text chats instead of a phone call when possible.
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And if you live in California, you can take advantage of the state’s privacy law, which requires most businesses to let state residents delete data collected from them. Companies don’t have to honor the request if you’re not a California resident, but some do.
To help you find accounts you simply forgot, CR suggests these tips: Google your email address and old usernames, check your saved logins in your web browser or password manager, and search old “welcome” messages in your inbox. .
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