Wish to Protect Your Online Privacy? Here’s how you can effectively do

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Google expanded its methods to help users with the process related to the deletion of search results carrying their personal information. This upgrade has made it simple for users to protect their privacy. Earlier, people were required to complete a time-consuming process to get their private information erased from the search engine. 

Discovering personal information in a Google search, such as a home address or phone number, can be concerning, but there are measures you can take to protect your privacy.

A lot of your details like mobile number, e-mail address, and home address, can pop up if you search your name on Google. With the tech giant’s new upgrade, users can now erase all this information with just a few simple steps. 

This option can be extremely beneficial to erase all the private details from Google Search, but it does not mean that the information is erased from the internet or from that specific website completely. Once deleted, the information will still exist but it will be difficult for other users to find it. 

What information can you delete from Google?

Google now enables its users to remove identifiable information from the search engine. Some broad categories are listed below- 

  1. Bank account or credit card information 
  2. Contact information
  3. Government-issued IDs
  4. Private medical records and more.

How can you delete your details from Google?

This feature is currently only available in Google’s Beta version. If you wish to conceal your online identity and maintain your privacy, here’s how you can do it. 

  1. Open Google and search your name
  2. Navigate through the websites. Next, press the ‘three dots’ present next to the website that has your information. 
  3. Find a ‘remove results’ option, next to the website. 
  4. You will now have to choose the reason for selecting the above option. 
  5. Once you are done with this, push the arrow on the right and then press  “Continue” three times.
  6. Enter your name and the contact information linked to anything you wish removed. Next, press send.
  7. Once the process is done,  Google will notify you of the status via your listed email address. Alternatively, you can also check your Google activity to see how the request is progressing.

Since Google Search presents information collected from websites all across the Internet, any content that Google scrubs, may still live online. It may be accessible via other search engines or social media.

In such a situation, Google recommends you to directly contact the site and get your information removed.


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