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Hiding Your Facebook Profile from Google and Other Public Search Engines

There are many reasons why you may want to hide your Facebook profile from Google, Yahoo, Bing and other search engines. All Facebook member profiles are available to search engines on the Internet by default. This means that, for example, when a random person enters your name on Google, your Facebook profile is usually the first on the list to appear.The information displayed, if your profile result is clicked on, would usually consist of your profile picture, pictures of some of your randomly selected friends, links to either add you as a friend or send you a message among other things.

Unsurprisingly not everyone thinks that having their profile picture or information available to every Tom, Dick and Harry is such a brilliant idea especially when almost anyone can send you a private message. It is almost the same situation as being tagged in a photo (by a friend) that automatically becomes available for everyone to see after a drunken night-out.

Facebook search settings page

With the new (ever-changing) Facebook navigation design, it has never been easier to control whether or not anyone can see your Facebook profile on the Internet. At the top right hand corner of your homepage is the Account drop down menu. Click on Account and then Privacy settings which is actually listed separately from (General) Account and Application settings. At the bottom of the page is the Search control which takes you to the Search settings page where you can select who can view your Facebook search results and more importantly your public search results. To prevent Google and other search engines from showing your profile, simply un-tick the Allow box next to ‘Public Search Results’.

Facebook search result after hiding profile from search engines

However not everyone would like to hide their profile from public view. Indeed, some of us would rather limit the amount of information available to strangers than totally erase it. In other to hide certain content from specific people, do not un-tick the Allow box as it only permits search engines to access information that you set to Everyone in other Facebook settings. Instead, proceed to Account and Application settings and adjust accordingly. By so doing, Google and others will not include anything you make visible to just Friends, Friends of Friends or Custom.

Talking Point

Are you bothered about your profile’s availability to search engines? Which group do you belong to: the share-all, share-some or share-non group?

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    March 23, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    Thanks for sharing this information, I am just learning about this for the first time. I will not like my personal information to be display on search engines, I am going to apply it immediately.

  8. mark

    April 13, 2010 at 12:00 pm

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  9. Radolf fuego

    August 20, 2010 at 7:15 am

    There is no wrong in hiding your profile because it is also considered to be a private property. We all have the right to have a confidential life.

  10. dark

    September 23, 2010 at 11:52 am

    I’d prefer not to share my personal information so i changed my settings on facebook accout.

  11. Elma

    September 25, 2010 at 3:02 am

    Nice one! This will really give you a privacy over a social networking site.

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    November 8, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    I guess I don’t have any problem with it being like it is. I mean, as long as they give you the option to control whether it’s available or not. I suppose that some users might have a problem with it all being public by default. But as far as “the powers that be” at Facebook are concerned, making it public by default probably makes the most sense.

    It just doesn’t bother me personally. If there’s information that I don’t want people to find about me on Facebook, then I will most likely have changed it to not be accessible to “everyone”. And in my experience, when I search for someone’s name, their facebook profile is NOT something that comes up as the first result or even near the first result.

  13. Internship

    January 21, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Controlling access to your personal information is getting more difficult. This is a useful post in that respect. I’ll be able to get a little control back for myself.

  14. Marc Rasmussen

    June 10, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    I use both Twitter and Facebook and is more a facebook person but I have still not thought of hiding my profile from either Google or other public search engines. I agree there is no such thing as privacy while using these social networking sites so for all those user who want privacy can always hide their profile.

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