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How to set up Google Alerts

The internet is a MASSIVE place. We all understand this. Equally, we understand that when anxiety and worry take over, we panic about where our intimate images may have been shared without our consent.

Setting up a Google Alert is not a perfect science but can definitely provide some reassurance and peace of mind. It works by flagging Google search results to you via email when a specific name or phrase is found.

What can it alert me to?

You can enter as many ‘topics’ as you like. This could include names, nicknames, and phrases, basically anything you think could be attached or associated with your content if your images or videos were posted. If you have a common name, you might need to add some detail, such as your home town, so you don’t receive 100+ results a day for someone else.

Examples

Jane Smith  
Jane Smith, Huddersfield    
Jane Smith, Huddersfield, 31  
Jane Smith, Nudes Leaked    

Can I change the options of what I see and how often I’m alerted?

Yes. Seeing daily alerts might cause you to feel more stressed by the situation. You can select how often you can receive notifications for search results. By selecting the ‘Digest’ option, any search results will be combined into one email which you can receive daily or weekly. You’re also able to select options for the following:

  • Time of day you receive alerts
  • What types of sites you will be alerted to
  • Language options
  • Where in the world the information comes from
  • Number of results

Go here to read more

Go here to start setting up Google Alerts:

If you do find a result, and there is an intimate image or video shared without your consent, we’re here to help you.

  • Firstly, don’t panic: easier said than done, we know but we can help You’re not alone with dealing with this.
  • Screenshot the page where it has been posted and save it: this is evidence if you decide to report to the police. You can do this by calling the non-emergency number 101; you’ll need to give brief details to a call handler and an appropriate officer should return your call.
  • Contact the Helpline: We’re open 10 am – 4 pm, Monday to Friday. You can call us on 0345 6000 459 or email help@revengepornhelpline.org.uk
  • We are able to help you to report and remove the content. Whilst we cannot guarantee it will be removed, we do hold a very good takedown success rate and we are very persistent and determined.
  • We will ask you to copy and paste the URL and send us the links to the content: if there are other images or videos on the page, we may have to ask you to confirm which images are of you.

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