What is Google?
Google is an internet search engine that uses a proprietary algorithm to rank and order search results in terms of their relevance to users and their dependability as data sources. Its stated mission is to ‘organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful’. Google’s dominance is also signified by the use of ‘google’ as a verb, meaning to search for something online. Google allows users to search for a range of media including websites, images, video and locations using Google Maps. You can also sign up for a Google account to use products and services. The search engine features advertising.
What is Google used for?
Google is used to search the internet, which means users could be exposed to inappropriate content.
In addition to its search engine, Google also provides an extensive range of free and paid products and services, which incorporate online advertising, cloud computing, software and hardware. To name just a few, these include the Android operating system for smartphones, Google Ads, an advertising network, G Suite, a suite of cloud services for business, Gmail, an email service, Google Docs, an online document creation and sharing service, Google Drive, a cloud storage service, Google Play, an app store, and Google News, a personalised news service.
How can you remove information about yourself from search results, report a problem, use safe search or block sites?
- Remove information from Google
Advice about how to ask Google to remove sensitive personal information.
- Removal policies
Google’s policies for the removal of images, video and online content from its search engine.
- Report a problem with Google search
Send feedback to Google about search results.
- Search Help
Help and support using Google Search.
- Safe search
How to use Google SafeSearch to filter out explicit search results.
- Block adult sites
How to block adult sites at your school, home or workplace.
How can you protect your personal information?
- Privacy controls
Control the data saved in your google account.
- Data transparency
Understand what data Google collects and why.
- Security tips
Tips to help you stay more secure online.