Whom among us hasn’t gone onto Google Street View and checked out where they live and scan through their neighbourhood? Of course, sometimes the Google Street View cameras pick up more than they can pick up when processing billions of images for the service. There have been cases of views onto patios, open bedroom windows or pool sides that people may not want to share with the world.
Luckily, you do have the option to remove such images from the service. And you’ll be surprised how simple it is – a request to Google can permanently blur out your house, which will only leave a smeared image on the site with no detail whatsoever.
So, how exactly do you do it? Here are the simple steps:
Go to Google Maps and enter your home address
Enter into Street View mode by dragging the small yellow human-shaped icon, found in the bottom-right corner of the screen, onto the map in front of your house
With your house in view, click “Report a problem” in the bottom-right corner of the screen
Centre the red box on your home, and select “My home” in the “Request blurring” field
Write in the provided field why you want the image blurred
Enter in your email address, and click “Submit”
Let us know if you would like some other simple security tips. Let us know in the comments below if you’d like to find out about any of the following:
Block email tracking
Stop location tracking
End voice recordings
Delete purchase history
No more Google search
Turn on two-factor authentication, or
Use face recognition anonymously
In the modern era, there is no way we can’t completely get off the internet (unless you want to go live in a cabin in the woods), but we can always be more safe when browsing and using online services.