If you see your house on Google Maps then you have to “blur” it

If you see your house on Google Maps then you have to "blur" it
If you see your house on Google Maps, then you have to “blur” it. ©RatPack.gr

The “Street View” of “Google Maps” is not as innocent as it seems. It’s certainly useful in many cases, but it carries several risks that you may never have thought about.

You may have noticed but some houses in “Street View” are blurred. This is not random and is not a bug in the code. Usually, Google does not go into the process of blurring any of its photos in “Street View” unless requested by the respective owner.

But why might someone want to “blur” a photo of their home? Here’s the catch.

Why does it seem dangerous to even go to the bathroom anymore?

Essentially when your house is in “Street View” then someone can see if they want even through the windows if you had the curtains open at the time. This can be valuable information for burglars and malicious criminals everywhere.

There are not a few cases where entire gangs of thieves have drawn information from “Street View”. Another thing you may not have thought about is that someone can also find out where delivery drivers leave packages and parcels, leaving you open to having your stuff stolen.

Malicious people are also able through “Street View” to discover any passages through your fence or to find a secret door so that they can break in.

Another thing thieves usually check on “Street View” is if your home has cameras or other security systems like an alarm and dogs.

Fortunately, for privacy-conscious citizens, it’s relatively simple to get Google to blur your home. You just need to send her an email.

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