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What privacy options are available with SmugMug?

Updated: 09/30/2014

SmugMug takes your privacy very seriously. You can read our (very long and very legal) Official Privacy Policy, but we never spam and we don't give your personal information to people who do.

However, you should be aware that Google, other search engines, and people in general may be able to see your SmugMug site.

This is a good thing. It means forgetful friends can just Google "Joey Schmoey's birthday party" and find your site.

For some people, however, they'd prefer if Google didn't know they had a SmugMug site at all. Perhaps you're a business professional who doesn't want others in the industry to glimpse your personal life. Perhaps you want to keep memories for your family only and no one else. Whatever your reasons, we give you the power to control your privacy.

Who Can Search for My Site and What Can They Find?

If you leave the Discover > Search options in your Account Settings and gallery settings just as they are, then the following will show up in SmugMug's sitewide search results, as well the search results of Google, Yahoo, etc.:

  • Your SmugMug nickname, the first and last names on your account, and your bio.
  • Your homepage—unless you set a sitewide password or all your galleries are set to be accessible by Anyone with the Link (Unlisted).
  • The titles of password-protected galleries accessible by Everyone (Public).
  • The title, photos, captions, etc. of public, non-password-protected galleries.


What if I don't want any part of my site to show up in searches?
Go to your Account Settings > Discovery > Search and set Google Search Visibility and SmugMug Search Visibility to "No."

I'll put a password on my site, but what if I want friends to be able to use keywords after they get in?
Make sure all your galleries' have their privacy set to Anyone with the Link (Unlisted).

I like my popular photos to show up on SmugMug's browse page, and I don't mind showing up in SmugMug's family-friendly search. But what if I want nothing to show up in Google?
Go to your Account Settings > Discovery > Search and set Google Search Visibility to "No" and SmugMug Search Visibility to "Yes."