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I do not want my real name to show in search engines. How can I change this?

Profiles, similar to the forums and KudoZ, are public. This means that they can be indexed by search engines and displayed as part of search results. If you have chosen to show your real name as your site name (profile name) it is then possible that your real name is then shown as part of search engine results. If this is the case, and you want your name to stop showing in search engines results, start by changing your site name (profile name) at To do so, go to your Profile updater and change your site name settings by selecting " Show username, as used in login". Remember to click on "Save and update profile" at the bottom of the page. Note that this change may take a few minutes to become visible in your profile page.

Once the change has been made effective in your profile and your username / login name shows instead of your real name, you will still need to request the removal of the cache version of your profile page (or any other page in which your real name shows) from search engines or else wait until search engines update their indexes (this may take a few months). In the case of Google, you may request the removal of any cache page containing your real name here.

If you need help with any of the steps described above, please contact site staff via the support system.