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How to delete your Facebook account

Ernst,
Your account is scheduled for permanent deletion.
Facebook will start deleting your account in 30 days. After Mar 10, 2021, you won’t be able to access the account or any of the content you added.
To cancel the deletion of your account and retrieve any of the content or information you have added, go to Facebook.

My response: Highly unlikely!

Life is short. If true, then why would I waste precious time on Facebook?

I have been in the webdesign business for over 20 years and know my way around the internet. Deleting my Facebook account was quite the workout. The settings to close my Facebook account were hidden inside menus and sub-menus which made it necessary to actually search for help. Unreal!

https://www.facebook.com/help/224562897555674/

The above listed URL had all the information to help me delete everything and although that is still not good enough, a grace time of 30 days is still needed to actually make it happen. WHY?

I enjoyed clicking the Delete button and wish that I never participated in Facebook in the first place. All my friends stay in touch with texting and email. I like it that way. 🙂

How to minimize online tracking

Sadly, there is no such thing as anonymity and considering the big picture, that is actually a good thing. Still, if privacy matters to you then I can make the following recommendations.

Learn to use Linux

Linux is my operating system of choice and I have it installed on all of my computers. I do all of my work web/graphics design, music and much more with open source software that runs on Linux. YouTube has tons of videos that review the trendy Linux distributions of which there are many to chose from. Linux is not hard to learn and distributions such as Linux Mint will make the transition from your current proprietary OS painless.

Why Linux? In a nutshell, the Linux operating system is not collecting a ton of data from me the user. A good way to learn more about everything that gets collected would be to search the term telemetry by typing that word into your web browser.

Regardless if you make the switch to Linux or not, you can still use opensource software on your platform. LibreOffice is my preferred Office application, LibreWolf is a web browser that goes a long way shielding my from much of the tracking which slows everything down.

FreeCAD is my replacement for AutoCad and SolidWorks. Blender is my only 3D modelling suite and Codium is what I use to write my own Python code.

My Linux journey started by making friends with Anthony who was a Debian developer and spent a lot of hours helping me. Having a friend who is willing to help is the best way to go but thanks to countless YouTube videos that teach Linux and all of the amazing software which runs on that platform, that “friend” is just a mouse click or finger touch away.

Thank you for reading. If you have questions then fire away. 🙂

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