Google now alerts users when their private info appears online. With this new update, users can now get notifications when their address, phone number, or even their emails comes up in search results.
Google Now Alerts Users
Google is now making it a whole lot easier to find and take away your contact information from its search results. The company will now send out notifications to users when it finds their address, phone number, or even email on the web, thus allowing them to review and even request the removal of that very piece of information from Search.
All of this will take place from the “results about you” dashboard of Google on both mobile and web, which it initially rolled out last September. With this very update, you can easily find your information on Google without actually having to carry out the search yourself. And once you input your personal information, the dashboard in question will automatically pull up websites that contain any form of matches, thus allowing you to review each webpage that it appears on and then submit a request to take it off.
The Importance of This Update
This development marks a pretty big improvement, as Google prior to this required you to search for your personal information yourself and then request for its removal manually.
If it is that you are concerned about your information finding its way up on Google in the future, you also can allow push notifications that will alert you immediately to any new results that get to appear, which is something that it first announced it would do the previous year. You can also easily and effectively track your requests from Google’s hub, which will show your in-progress, approved, denied, and even your undone requests.
How the Update Works
It is however very important to note that taking your information off Google doesn’t mean that it has been completely erased from the web. People can still very much find your information if it is that they get to stumble upon the webpage that it’s on. Google has also some limitations on the kinds of search results it can and can’t remove and won’t take action on results from governments or educational institutions.
The Benefits and Importance of the Update
Either way, this very update makes the whole process of finding and removing your personal information from Google a lot faster which is most especially important in the event you are a victim of doxxing. Right about now, this very feature is rolling out in the US in English to kick things off, and Google has stated that it is working to make it very much available in other countries as well as languages “soon.”
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