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Remove results from Google searches

Remove results from Google searches
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If you've been keeping up with what's Happening Now, then you know how important your digital privacy is. The government, NSA, hackers and advertisers all want your personal information, and it doesn't look like they are going to stop trying to get it any time soon.

Sometimes all that stands between you and the government, NSA, hackers and advertisers is a simple Google search. So let's pretend that you've gone through this nightmare of a scenario: You've accidentally posted sensitive personal information online. Even worse, it's already showing up in Google searches.

You can delete the post or contact the owner of the website where you posted to request that the content be taken down. Even if the post is gone, however, it will still show up in Google searches until Google updates its database. There's no telling when that will happen.

For faster removal, I have an easy solution that will only take a few clicks.

Use Google's URL removal tool. Google will ask you a few questions about the content you want to remove and then direct you to the submission page. Just submit the address of the bad content and Google will review the situation. If the case meets the criteria, Google will manually remove the page from its search database.

Google usually responds quickly to remove extremely sensitive information like Social Security numbers, bank account and credit card information and images of signatures.

This is a handy tool, but be sure you don't abuse it. Also, read the link at the bottom of the page about when NOT to use the removal tool.

You do need a Google account to make a request, but it's free to sign up.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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