Just wondering Is there a way to prevent Google from posting my freespace page without changing Privacy settings

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Just womdering if there is a way to prevent Google from posting my freespace page without changing Privacy settings
in WikiTree Tech by Paul Curran G2G6 Mach 1 (15.4k points)

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As far as I am aware, Google and other search engines can capture anything that is on a webpage openly viewable, ie without a password.  So changing the privacy setting to red or black would work, but any other setting Google could capture.

What is on your free space page that you don't want anyone to see?!! smiley

Margaret

by Margaret Wilkinson G2G6 Mach 2 (20.3k points)
selected by Paul Curran

nothing, just wanted to know, so I dont put up a living persons birth certificate, thats all

I would test Margaret's theory first. You might also Google "how prevent search engines from finding web page" as I know that there used to be code you could add to the top of a page that would trigger search engines to skip over such pages.

All that said, I'd never post a birth certificate of a living person. While today's code/privacy settings might work, tomorrow's may not. Too risky in my book.
Jillaine, I didn't realise there were ways to prevent search engines from capturing publicly available pages, but I would be reluctant to trust them anyway.

Both my white and green freespace pages turn up in a Google search.  Haven't got any red or black, so cannot test that theory without creating a separate freespace page, but I don't see how Google could capture it if it was private.  If it were the case, none of the private profiles would be private at all, and everyone's information on living people would be available for all to see.

I agree with Jillaine about the birth certificate for living people, in fact, I have no living people apart from myself entered at Wikitree.

Margaret

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