Concerned about your privacy? One proactive step you can take is to remove your phone number from Google PhoneBook.
Google search has enabled it easier to locate one’s address if they know a phone number. If one types a phone number in Google Search, Google performs a reverse lookup that lists the person name, address and even a link to a Google Map of the person’s address. It is good for friends but not good for businesses which will help them to send more spam mails and unsolicited requests.
Google to address the privacy concerns has set up a special link, where the user is given an option to remove their phone number from such searches by unauthorized people and safeguard your personal details.
1. Click this link: http://www.google.com/help/pbremoval.html
2. Enter the phone number you want to be removed from the Google Searches
3. Enter City, State (no street address is necessary)
4. Enter the reason for removal; it could be a) my phone number is incorrect, b) privacy concerns, and c) other reasons.
5. Click “Submit Form”
Google will give you the following notice:
Your form has been submitted.
Your removal request should be processed in approximately 48 hours.
Thank you for using Google.
This will be a good one for those who have privacy concerns and easy to use. Some businesses request phone numbers, so it will prevent them from contacting you without your permission. Since there are a number of services that offer reverse phone searches, they should also have an option to do this, but they don’t. But since Google is a premier search place, Lifehacker.com says it is a good place to start.