Privacy Policy and Recommendations

Below you will find both the privacy policy and (farther down the page) several recommendations for protecting your privacy in cyberspace. The Privacy Policy covers TheCityEdition.com and its affiliated websites, which include Welders Universe, The Solar Planner, Human Rights Interactive Network (GuideToAction.org), The Film Springs, EMFradiation.net and ChemtrailSafety.com:

None of these websites use cookies to collect information for The City Edition.

Any online business transactions involving money are handled by Paypal, a secure third-party payment system, not The City Edition or its affiliated websites.

All of the websites use Google Adsense click-through banner advertising. These ads are transmitted via Google scripts included in each web page's HTML code. When you click on an ad, your browser will leave The City Edition or affiliated website and transfer to a Google advertiser's page. Both Google Advertising and its clients have different privacy protocols in place and typically use cookies to collect information about internet users. These cookies can then allow Google Advertising to track all your website travels in order to tailor the ads that appear wherever you surf. For more on this, read the article at Computerworld.

At TheSolarPlanner.com, there's an optional paid service that requires completion of a form on a third-party site (JotForm) for those interested in a home solar site assessment. This form asks for a name and address, as well as utility usage info and roof dimensions.

The City Edition uses the common open-source software known as AWSTATS to collect basic website usage statitstics, including page hits and performance metrics.

Optional Recommendations

Since prying eyes are always lurking, our website visitors are encouraged to be pro-active in protecting your privacy, no matter what websites you visit. Among the steps you can take:

  • Find out if your browser offers free plug-ins or extensions that provide protection against tracking, use of cookies and other security vulnerabilities. Google Chrome, for instance, offers Privacy Badger and HTTPS Everywhere, two apps created by the Electronic Frontiers Foundation. Firefox allows similar Plug-ins. In most cases, these plugins install with a single click and are easy to use.
  • Purchase or download a virtual private network service (VPN) to augment your other internet security software. A VPN encrypts your browsing selections and any data you input prior to transmission over the internet. This encryption protects the information so (in most cases) it cannot be hacked or used to track your travels through cyberspace. For more info on VPN's work, read the article about VPN's at HowToGeek.com.
  • Make sure you have an anti-virus app installed on your computer and other devices, as well as an app to detect and remove malware (malicious software). There are many free options available, so be sure to add this protection if possible. (Note: Some anti-virus software conflicts with VPN apps., which can be a headache to troubleshoot.)
  • Adjust the settings on your internet browser(s) that deal with cookies, cache and history. For instance, while many websites require cookies in order to conduct business, you can limit access by choosing certain settings, such as blocking specific sites, or all third parties that work behind the scenes on websites (e.g. scripted banner ads). You may also have the option of dumping cookies at the end of each online session. The history and cache logs should also be cleared often to keep your browsing activity private. You can find all these settings on the settings, preferences or properties menu of the browser, or provided with privacy plugin apps. Please Note: Whenever you delete cookies, on your next visit to each affected site (email accounts, banking, online sellers, social media, etc.) you will be asked to re-enter your user name and password in order to log in. So be sure you have that info written down somewhere or memorized.
  • Change your passwords often and implement some method of keeping track of them. You can download an app that will serve as a password manager. Many internet security suites provide a password manager as well. Otherwise, write this info down on paper and keep it in a safe place. Whichever method you choose needs to be convenient to access wherever you are (e.g. in an internet cafe) and on whatever device you're using.
  • If your computer has a webcam (built-in camera), turn it off when you're not using it. Also turn off your microphone. Be sure to check both devices regularly, as Windows and other updates tend to turn them back on without telling you. When on, installed software apps running in the background can activate your cam and mike, as can hackers using a remote access trojan (RAT). There's also the so-called "device census", which snaps a photo of you each day. To stop this spying, look for "camera" or "webcam" (and microphone) on the settings menu for your operating system (Windows, Mac, etc.) and turn them off.
  • Be sure to disconnect from your internet service provider or Wifi connection when you're not using your computer.
  • For your personal health, be sure to minimize your absorption of EMF radiation by switchin all your computers, tablets and phones to Flight or Airplane mode when you don't need to be online.

For more information on internet privacy, please visit Electronic Frontiers Foundation . If you have any questions or concerns about The City Edition or its affiliated websites, please email publisher (at) the city edition dot com.

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