How to limit the visibility of your Facebook profile on search engines?

Remove your Facebook profile from search engines

There are countless examples where people have suffered from having their Facebook profile indexed on the search engines:
  • A future employer trying to learn about you.
  • Your current employer wanting to collect information against you.
  • People who want to get information about your private life
  • Your tax inspector, your mother-in-law, etc..

There are several solutions that can be implemented, to limit the visibility of Facebook profile on search engines:
  • Encrypt your name
  • Configure the privacy options

Removing your profile from search engines

This is a simple option but unknown to the general public. Once enable Facebook will tell search engines not to index your profile.
  • Sign-in to your Facebook account.
  • Click on the small arrow button > Settings.
  • Go to "Privacy".
  • Go to "Who can look me up? > "Do you want other search engines to link to your Timeline?"
  • Uncheck "Let other search engines link to your timeline".

Encrypt your name

A method increasingly being used by Facebook users: a slight change of your name.
Modify your name:
  • Jean Dujardin can be written as JeanDu Garden

Add a special character:
  • Jean Dujardin can be written as Jean Duj-ardin

Remove part of the name.
  • Jean Duj

Configure your privacy options

You can configure the other Privacy options of Facebook:
  • Who can contact me?
  • Who can see my stuff?
Published by deri58. Latest update on May 26, 2014 at 08:34 AM by deri58.
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