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 and ChemtrailSafety.com:

None of the websites uses 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 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.

Most of The City Edition websites don't ask visitors to register or provide any personal information. 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.

Because several websites are sharing the same IP address on a commercial server, The City Edition is unable to provide encryption protection with an SSH certificate at this time.

Optional Recommendations

Since prying eyes are always lurking, 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. Plug-ins are usually easy to install and activate.
  • Purchase or download a virtual private network service (VPN) to augment your other internet security software. A VPN encrypts your browsing activity prior to transmission so the information cannot be hacked or used to track your travels through cyberspace. (For more info, 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). Nowadays, firewalls are typically included with your operating system (e.g. Windows 10), but be sure to check.
  • 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. Please Note: Whenever you delete cookies, on your next visit to each affected site (email accounts, banking, online sellers, social media, etc.) you may be asked to re-enter your user name and password in order to log in.
  • Change your passwords often and implement some method of keeping track of them. Writing them down with pen and paper may be the safest way, but whichever method you choose needs to be convenient to access wherever you are and for 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.) Otherwise, installed software apps running in the background can activate it, 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 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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