How to Remove Yourself from Facebook Public Search

Remove From Facebook Public Search
When ever we talk about working online, the first few suggestion which we get are, use Facebook security, use Facebook  privacy settings and make sure you share the informations which doesn’t create any issue in future. One of the most common question which many people are still not clear about Facebook is it’s privacy. Though Facebook gives us many options to ensure that our Facebook profile can be hidden from everywhere but here I’m sharing a quick guide on how you can hide your Facebook profile from public search engines like Google.

At early stages everyone was kind of scared to reveal their identity on Internet. But now, the things changed. May be its good to say that, Facebook changed the concept of going online and revealing the identity. Every Profile on Facebook is cached by Google so, its hard to miss the one you searching for. Does that move really ensure your security and privacy? So, today I am going to tell you how you protect your privacy from Facebook Public Search. Read ahead;

Google, In the case of rare name’s like mine(Sreerag Nampoothiri K), when you simply type it to the Google search box you can see the magic. And in the image search results also you can see pictures of mine from Facebook. You can stop search engines from showing a preview of your FB profile each time one searches for you on Google. The steps are simple. Just follow it;

Preview of my Facebook search result in Google.

How to stop your Facebook profile to be found in search engines:

1. Click the Account tab on the top right portion on the profile and select the Privacy Settings option.

Click Privacy settings

2. On the loaded page, See the option which says, who can look me up. Here you need to set “Do you want other search engines to link to your timeline” ?, Keep this option as off.

Facebook public search

P.S: As some search engines cache information, your profile preview will be available for some more days even though you turned public search off.

Do let us know if your Facebook public search is enabled or disabled? If you find this how to guide to be useful, make sure you like and share this post on Facebook.

This is a guest post by Sreerag who blogs at Sparklingspur. If you would like to write for ShoutMeLoud, check our adsense revenue sharing program.

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COMMENTs ( 13 )

  1. Sweety Hanna says

    Ha ha its a very easy way. Just make a little research with facebook security or privacy. The steps that are told here is totally right and effective. If one needs help with facebook security or others post here may be I can give you the total solution. Thanks for the post.

  2. Mihaela says

    Than you for the article.
    You can’t emagine how many people can misuse your pictures or info on the net…
    I have dissabled the public search a week ago and still i see many of my old profile pictures in google….. how long does it takes to delete such cache…
    Please let me know if you have any idea……..


  3. Sweety Hanna says

    I told it before that, privacy and personality is not same. So everyone should maintain this as I did it every time. Why many people don’t tell their actual identity is really folks. I never like it.

  4. raymond gosse says

    My “public search”was never enabled on facebook, yet my profile is still on the search engines. Originally, I put “everyone” (privacy settings) on my fb, and later changed the settings to “only friends.” But the fb profile is still on search engines. Can someone explain why? If I delete my fb account will the information be removed off search engines? Thanks.

  5. Deepanshu says

    good tips for girls :lol: especially who are flooded with tons of friends requests everyday :roll:

  6. Sweety Hanna says

    Every one has his own personality. So actual identity should be mentioned. Privacy is another topic but personality is not same.

  7. Dean Saliba says

    Disabling the public search also stops people from finding you if they search on Facebook.

    To the people who have said they don’t understand why people would hide their profile: I have several female friends who have been pestered on Facebook by lots of perverts wanting sex and naked pictures, they have disabled the ability to be searched because of this.

    Do you think they should delete their facebook profile now?

  8. Rison Simon says

    Hi, don’t get me wrong, but why would anyone want to remove themselves from facebook public search? If you don’t want people to find you that means you don’t get what social is. If you are that concerned about privacy, then go delete your facebook profile and just stick to emails. That is better than having a facebook profile and hiding it from everyone. Disclaimer: This is just my opinion.

    • Sreerag Nampoothiri says

      I totally agree with you Rison….i also hate the ppl who dont reveal their identity on sites. Eespecially when they put disp pic of Film stars, nature, cars…. i meant this post for those ppl. Well, its just personal stuffs. Better let it be like that…
      Thanks for reading dude :)

  9. Swamykant says

    If you are blogger, your facebook profile in Google or any other search engine results is good for your growth.

    • Sreerag Nampoothiri says

      But, what about the common people who needs privacy. Actually, I have seen lot of my friends talking about the privacy in Facebook. So, kinda thought about writing an article. Anyway, Thanks for reading Swamykant :)