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Chance are, you've never heard of the company DigitalGlobe. According to a recent article at The Daily Dot, DigitalGlobe is one of the main suppliers of the satellite imagery that Google uses to make Google Maps  and Google Earth as visually detailed as we know them to be. And now, Google Earth is about to become even more revealing thanks to better resolution on the  satellites that companies like DigitalGlobe use to photograph just about every visual thing on planet earth

As the Daily Dot notes, the two most common reactions to this news are 1)...poking around random locations on Google Earth will soon be a lot more fun. and 2) that many of us will be very suspicious and somewhat creeped out out by the idea that anyone with access to the web can now peek into the private spaces  in our lives like our offices, our cars and even our homes.

The good news for those of us who fall into the latter category is that there are steps you can take to make your home far less visible on Google maps and Earth through a relatively simple series of steps at Google.

First, you'll need to go to Google Maps and enter your home address (or the address of whatever you want blurred). Enter ‟street view” mode by dragging the little man on the right side of the screen to the spot you want blurred. Once there, hit the ‟Report a problem” button on the lower-right corner of the screen. It will pull up a page where you can specify whatever image you want to have blurred.

 

Once you've reached that step, here's how to complete the process of blurring or erasing your home from snooping eyes(as shown below), courtesy of a great article on The DailyDot.

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