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Privacy and Safety on Google My Business

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Privacy and safety are of utmost importance at Google. When you have your business information online, this can be even more of a concern.


First and foremost, when you receive your verification code or PIN by mail, please do not share this number with anyone.  It is a unique number generated just for you and your business to confirm that you are actually located at your stated address. Feel free to check out this page on how to get verified, and this page on what to do once you have received your code.


Please remember, Google will never make phone calls offering to improve your ranking or manage your business information. There are many companies out there which would love to manage your local presence, but do know that Google will not be making this type of call to you. Should Google call you, it will typically come from our local area code--a US number beginning in a 650 area code. Additionally, Google would never call asking you for private information like your password. Please find more information on avoiding phone scams here.


Finally, Google My Business offers a variety of privacy controls for your convenience. Some of the more helpful items here would be things like adjusting your notifications and information on post sharing.


Taking the right precautions with your online presence is incredibly important, and we hope that these tips will help you to do just that!  Should you have any questions about privacy (or anything else relating to your Google My Business page), don’t hesitate to contact us for support!


What is your best tip for businesses online with regard to safety and privacy? Feel free to contribute to the discussion and share your knowledge by commenting below!

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Accepted by Marissa_GMB (Community Manager)
November 2015

Re: Privacy and Safety on Google My Business

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Thanks for sharing!

Marissa Nordahl, Community Manager, Google My Business
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