By Martin Leduc
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The Internet is still a great tool. With two clicks you can find yourself, in 3D, in front of your childhood home, observe the details of the Statue of Liberty in New York or even walk through the ruins of Machu Picchu.
But there is a flip side to this coin. Because if we think it’s fun to go and find our house, others find it much less fun that we can observe their home in detail. And rightfully so. With this kind of shot, it becomes easier for, for example, burglars to organize their deed(s).
To counter this, Google has implemented an obfuscation system. While most people are already pixelated when they show up, home is not. It is therefore possible to blur your house, your car or any other object that may pose a problem. Here’s how you do it.
Step 1: find the place or object that you want to see blurred
The first thing to do is connect to Google maps. Once this is done, enter the address where you think there is a problem in “search Google Maps”, at the top left of the screen.
Then click on the little yellow man at the bottom right (circled in red in the screenshot above) and drag it to the appropriate location (drag and drop, red.note).
Step 2: Report the problem
Usually at this point you should have a panoramic view of where you want to see something blurry. From there, click on the three small vertical dots in the upper left corner next to the address.
A small menu should appear, as shown in the picture. Select “report a problem”.
A new page will then open. Now just select the element of the image you want to blur and adjust it using the red square.
Also explain the problem you see in this picture for more efficiency. It’s almost done, all you have to do is fill in the required information and click “send”.
There it is, it’s done, your request has been considered. All you have to do is wait a few days for Google to respond to your request.
However, there is one detail that should not be overlooked: a single blurred house in a fully visible street risks attracting the attention of certain malicious eyes…
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