In a world where digital footprints are as real and influential as physical ones, maintaining control over your online persona is as crucial as ever. Whether you are an individual seeking privacy or a professional curating a public image, one thing is clear: Google is the heart and soul of your internet presence. After all, who doesn't turn to Google when they want to know more about someone or something? While the internet giant has contributed significantly to the information revolution, this also means that a simple Google search can reveal more about you than you'd like. Personal information – home address, work details, family names, credit card details, medical records, and even confidential login data – can all be found lurking on search engine result pages. Worrisome, isn't it? CLICK TO GET KURT’S FREE CYBERGUY NEWSLETTER WITH SECURITY ALERTS, QUICK TIPS, TECH REVIEWS AND EASY HOW-TO’S TO MAKE YOU SMARTER Fear not, for Google has been listening. Recently, they updated their policies to enable users to request the removal of their sensitive and personally identifiable information from search results. This doesn't entirely erase your existence from the internet, but it certainly makes it more difficult for your information to fall into the wrong hands. So, let's dive into how you can manage your online presence and remove yourself from Google searches. Access through the Google App You can click on the link here. You can follow these steps to submit a request to remove any of your information from the web: 10 EASY WAYS TO PREVENT SOMEONE FROM SPYING ON YOU MORE: HOW TO REMOVE ANYTHING FROM THE INTERNET WITH A TAKE DOWN NOTICE To further reduce your online visibility, you can deactivate your social media accounts or switch to using pseudonyms. Deleting or updating old accounts that you no longer use is also recommended. If you still want to maintain a social media presence, set your accounts to private to limit what Google can show in search results. Remember, however, that it can take weeks for deleted content to stop showing in search results. Here’s how to make your Facebook private Desktop/Laptop Mobile HOW TO CUSTOMIZE ALEXA’S VOICE, WAKE WORD AND HUNCHES By setting your accounts to private, you can control who sees your content and personal information on these platforms, and this can help limit what shows up on Google searches related to your name. Various websites, data-collection sites, and data-broker services might display your personal information. Though each site has a unique process for removal requests, getting your information deleted is possible. If this seems too overwhelming, there are removal services that can help you out. See my tips and best picks for removing your personal information from the internet Deleting comments from websites is fairly straightforward. If you've left a comment on a site where your full name is publicly displayed or your email address and/or phone number is publicly displayed or in your comment and now you want it gone, just reach out to the website owner or the moderators of the site. Explain that you've made a comment you'd like to remove and kindly ask them to delete it for you. Not all sites make it easy to do this yourself, and some might require a formal request. Remember, website owners are not obligated to delete comments, but it's always worth a try. Typically, if enabled, you can usually right-click or swipe on a comment you’ve made on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube to be given the option to delete the comment. If the idea of your house being visible on Google Maps makes you uncomfortable, you can request Google to blur it out. Once you've submitted your request, Google will review it and email you about their decision. Remember, once your house is blurred on Google Maps, it is a permanent change and cannot be undone. HOW AI TOOLS COULD TURN INTO JOB-KILLING MACHINES GET MORE OF MY TECH TIPS & EASY VIDEO TUTORIALS WITH THE FREE CYBERGUY NEWSLETTER - CLICK HERE To take pictures of your home off of Apple Maps, you will need to do so in writing and "request that a face, license plate or your own house be censored." The email address to reach them at is [email protected]. HOW TO SEE PHOTOS OF YOUR MAIL BEFORE IT ARRIVES Here are some tips and best practices to keep your personal and financial information safe from cyberattacks and identity theft. Have good antivirus software on all your devices: The best way to protect yourself from having your data breached is to have antivirus protection installed on all your devices. This can also alert you of any phishing emails or ransomware scams. See my expert review of the best antivirus protection for your Windows, Mac, Android & iOS devices. Use identity theft protection: Identity Theft protection companies can monitor personal information like your Home title, Social Security number (SSN), phone number, and email address and alert you if it is being sold on the dark web or being used to open an account. They can also assist you in freezing your bank and credit card accounts to prevent further unauthorized use by criminals. See my tips and best picks on how to protect yourself from identity theft. Have strong passwords and use 2-factor authentication: Using the same password across multiple platforms will always make you more vulnerable because if one account gets hacked, they all get hacked. And 2-factor authentication is just an extra shield that will prevent a hacker from getting into your accounts. Make sure to use a password manager to keep track of all your passwords. See my picks for best password managers here 5 SECRETS TO SHOPPING SMARTER ON AMAZON Removing personal information from Google searches is a huge step toward reclaiming your privacy online. However, keep in mind that erasing your digital footprint completely is nearly impossible. What we can do is make it harder for the unwanted elements to find us. If you’re ready to make your online persona more secure, start managing your online presence today, and remember, privacy is a right, not a privilege. What steps are you taking to ensure your online privacy? Are you comfortable with the amount of personal information about you that can be found online, or are you working to reduce your digital footprint? Let us know by commenting below. Let us know by commenting below. Let us know by writing us at Cyberguy.com/Contact For more of my tech tips & security alerts, subscribe to my free CyberGuy Report Newsletter by heading to Cyberguy.com/Newsletter Answers to the most asked CyberGuy questions: Copyright 2023 CyberGuy.com. All rights reserved.
01 Ekim 2023 - 20:30
How to rein in your online exposure and remove yourself from Google searches
You can keep your information off the internet with these tips on how to reduce your online presence from Google by Kurt "CyberGuy" Knutsson.
01 Ekim 2023 - 20:30