With the internet at our fingertips, it is possible for anyone to find almost any information about someone else with just a few clicks. While this can be great for people looking for jobs or long-lost friends, it is also bad news for those who are trying to cover their tracks or keep their personal life private. Knowing who is searching for you on the internet can help you avoid any bad experiences or prepare for good ones, but it’s not always easy to do.
If you are interested in finding out who has been Googling your name, there are a few ways to try and track it. The best way is to set up a Google alert for your name. While it might seem a little self-absorbed, it will give you notifications every time your name is used online, which can include websites, social media, or forums. You can also add qualifiers such as your profession or location, which will refine the results. If you want to know more about who is mentioning you, you can also use Google Analytics to see what search terms are being used to find your website.
Another way to see who is looking for you on the web is by using a service such as X-Files, which will notify you whenever a new result appears for your name on Google search. This service will not only show the results, but also provide you with a link to the website where it is posted. However, this is only a very limited way to find out who is searching for you, and it won’t tell you the exact keywords that are being used.
It’s worth noting that there are many people who will use Google to look up your name for legitimate reasons, such as potential employers checking out your job history or someone you’re dating looking at your pictures from last night. But there are also those who might do it for nefarious purposes, such as stalkers or business competitors looking for a point of weakness. Knowing who is looking up your information can help you take steps to protect yourself against unwanted stalkers and other bad actors.
Most people don’t realize that Google doesn’t just do search; it also runs the ads you see across the internet and on millions of apps. It collects all that data to sell to hundreds of thousands of advertisers who compete to serve you hyper-targeted ads. It is an exploitative business model, and you are the product.
The only way to see who is tracking you on Google is to use an incognito browser when you conduct searches. That will prevent your own personal search habits from influencing the results and giving away your identity. Using an incognito browser will also allow you to see more local results, which can help if you’ve been featured in the news for something embarrassing.