Google wants every little detail about you, often with the goal of advertising. But if your friends reveal too much or there’s a photo of you on an unsecured network, those details could be used against you when someone searches your name. So make sure that Google doesn’t know what city you live in by opting out of location services while retaining other Google features.
These routes are only available to those with a google account. If you’re concerned about personal information appearing in search engine results, there are a few steps you can take to remove it.
- First, try contacting the website where the information is appearing and asking them to remove it.
- If that doesn’t work, you can also try contacting the search engine directly and asking them to remove the information.
- Finally, you can also try using a tool like Google’s “Remove Outdated Content” tool, which allows you to submit a request for the removal of content that is no longer accurate.
- Keep in mind, though, that these removal tools are administrative processes and not legal requirements. For that reason, you should also consider other actions you can take to stop personal information from being exploited by others.
However, these tricks can only be used to request the removal of information from one specific implementation of Google Search and don’t apply to all copies of sites on the Web, but it might be helpful if you’re dealing with a site that doesn’t have an easily accessible way to request a content takedown.
- Use Alternate Email
If a user notices their account has been compromised and they don’t have access to it, they can use an alternate email address to reset their password.
Once inside, in the Privacy tab of someone’s Google Account, there is a Delete Options Section that explains what information is public on Google Search and through other Google products and services.
- Contact Third-Party
In addition, if your name appears in link hubs or article directories, it may also be possible to get a much broader range of search results removed by contacting these third-party website owners directly and asking them to remove links to your personal information. It will take some time for all relevant web listings to fully “fall off” … but eventually they should disappear from search engine results in most cases. This may require some persistence on part of the searcher.
- Report via Form
There are several steps that you can take to remove yourself or someone else from a Google search. Simply, go to Google and delete your first link. After that, fill out the form with your name and email address, and then double-check your data. Your request will be removed from google.com’s search results.
For it to be removed from other Google sites such as youtube, blogger, etc., you have to contact those sites directly. Keep in mind that this won’t remove all the pages mentioning your name; it just removes them from google search results for the keywords that you’ve entered on the form, so it may not work in all cases. If this still doesn’t help, there are various services or software tools designed specifically for these purposes- all at different rates of cost/quality.
- Try New Browser
One such option is to use a new web browser like “Brave” so that Google has not yet indexed any data about you. Some steps can be taken individually or by following certain agency requirements to avoid being found in public spaces, but many of these steps can still be tracked down using certain techniques.
- Software Cloak
Another alternative is through the software “Cloak”. It can be downloaded onto your computer and it will go into the system and delete any personal information that you don’t want anyone to see. To ensure that it deletes everything, turn off “indexing” in your file settings.
Over time, search engines collect a lot of data on their users. Sometimes, this data can create unwanted links. Take a blog post, for instance, even if the blog post is public, the search engine spiders will likely crawl it because it is being mentioned on other pages on the web. If the blog post contains links to your Twitter account or your Facebook profile in the anchor text, then an individual could type in those words and find you on the first page of Google search results.
In this case, you would want to remove elements from your page so that when those words are searched for by an individual outside of Google’s crawlers, they don’t turn up links back to you unasked for.