I want to be a digital minimalist, and maintain my privacy. I have too many online accounts right now. Here’s a list:
Problem: I want to be a minimalist, but still maintain my privacy. I know I should only keep accounts that add value into my life. Most of those services aren’t even end to end encrypted and shouldn’t be used for privacy. But here’s my fear:
What if a service I delete becomes of value to me in the future? Obviously, different companies and can change their cloud storage offerings, and my opinions of a provider can change too. Also, what if a service that I delete, but I like, becomes bad in the future?
For ex: if a service offers 10 GB right now, and I delete my account, then they offer 5GB in the future, I just missed out of 5 GB of storage. Or maybe they stop new free accounts from registering in future. This has happened before. Long long time ago, MEGA offered 50 GB to free accounts, now they only offer 20 GB. So people who signed up later missed out on an extra 30GB of storage. I fear something like this could happen to me.
Ex. Microsoft accounts are horrible for privacy, but Microsoft offers many Computer Science certifications which can help someone advance their career. Let’s say I delete my Microsoft account now, but re sign up in the future just to have my skills certified by Microsoft? I fear something like this could happen, and when I go to re sign up for Microsoft, they offer less OneDrive space, or I will have less email address options.
Fears: What if something becomes valuable to me in the future, but it’s too late to re sign up for their service? Please talk me out of this way of thinking.
Compartmentalization (email addresses)
Let me know where to begin when deleting accounts, which accounts to keep, and what to think about through this process. I track my accounts using Bitwarden.