Clearing your name
A simple Google search can potentially give someone more information about you than you might like. A stalker or a nosy colleague can often easily find information about where you live, if you’ve had a bankruptcy, your family’s names, and more. This can be embarrassing, at best – and dangerous, at worst. There are also issues related to identity theft to consider. Wondering if you should learn how to delete yourself from Google Search? It’s definitely a personal choice, and your specific situation should inform your decision. “Some people are fortunate to have common names, so when they do Google themselves, they may be buried in the search results,” says Andrew Selepak, a social media professor at the University of Florida. “But people with more unique names may appear in the first few Google search results.”
While you can’t completely disappear from the Internet, you can clear your name from many Google searches. It takes a lot of time, and maybe even some phone calls, but it is possible to do this and even to delete 99 per cent of your digital footprint. Here’s how to keep at least some things private – and off of Google.
Before you go on a deleting spree, first take a look at what actually comes up when you Google yourself. To do this, open an incognito window by going to the Chrome browser menu and selecting New Incognito Window. Then, type your name into the search box surrounded by quotes. For example, if your name is Joe Jones, you would search “Joe Jones.” Be sure to Google your first and last name, and then your first, middle and last name. Take note of what pops up on the searches. These will be what you want to focus on removing, if they seem problematic.
Remove yourself from Google for the right reasons
If you’re trying to delete yourself from Google searches so that corporations won’t have your information, you’re going in the wrong direction. Most of the information that corporations get about you isn’t gathered from a Google search. This information is typically gathered from your social media usage or your shopping habits on websites and other data-gathering techniques. Once the information is gathered, it’s sold from company to company. So, even if you decide to wipe yourself from Google searches, there will likely still be plenty of information about you floating around. Removing yourself from Google search results will only help to prevent future employers, potential stalkers and nosy people from finding you online.