1.2 Your Organization’s Data
Now look up your organization on Google. Try out different combinations and have a look at ratings and comments (e.g. What are the ratings and comments about your service or institution on Google maps?)
Now try to ‘Smart Google’ the organization you work for. Try out the following search queries and see what you find:
site:[enter URL website of your organization] filetype:pdf
Searching for publicly available Excel files:
site:[enter URL website] filetype:xls
Searching for budgets:
budget site:[enter URL website] filetype:xls
Search if your organization is leaking personal information:
site:[enter URL website] intext:[“phone number”, “social security number” or “address” or
“name of intranet”]
Did you find anything surprising?
Did you find any data that should not have been accessible through the internet?
If your organization is publishing sensitive or personal data by accident, do you know who to report it to?
Find out more:
More information about “Smart Googling” can be found here.
Find out how you can increase your security and privacy on Google.
Find out how you can increase your privacy and security.