So I’ve seen a ton of my friends post this status…
“In case you didn’t know, as of today, Facebook will automatically index all your info on Google, which allows everyone to view it. To change this option, go to Settings –> Privacy Settings –> Search –> then UN-CLICK the box that says ‘Allow indexing’. Facebook kept this one quiet. Copy and paste onto your status for all your friends ASAP”
While that’s all fine and scary and everything, it’s really not as bad as people think it is. All it means is that while YES your profile can show up in google search results (which they really already do anyway), you still have to be the persons friend to view anything about them. You set up your privacy settings like I discussed in my last post. So if you want the entire internet to view your “about me” that is all that they will see when they click on your profile in a Google search. So… relax everyone, go ahead and turn up the security on your profile, it’s not going to HURT you to uncheck “allow indexing” but it’s not a huge deal if it’s checked either. Bottom line…
You can always set how much of yourself you want on the internet. If my facebook page happens to show up in a Google search for “Sarah Kimmel” go ahead and click on it… you’ll only see what I want you to see. 🙂
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Sarah Kimmel is a digital parenting coach and family tech expert. She has spent the last 16 years of her career as a Microsoft Certified IT Manager supporting over 100 small businesses. During that time she started Family Tech LLC to help families understand and manage the technology in their home. She has regularly appeared as a family tech expert on KSL News, BYUtv and Studio 5, and has been invited all over the world from tech companies like Lenovo, Verizon, Microsoft, Dell, and Samsung. Find out more on her website SarahKimmel.com