Hi, thank you for visiting my site. Our goal here is to share and stay safe at the same time. I trust to collect as little personal information as possible while running a functional website home.
I’ve got good locks. My website has a solid security system in place, indicated by the little gray or green padlock by the site address in your browser. I use SSL encryption to protect all our data in transit to and from the website. I also use CleanTalk (something like a website bouncer, haha) to make sure any visitors to the site are valid and not spammers (not welcome!)
At the website door, you will be met by Cookies. As near as I can understand, they are virtual creatures (files from the server) that will hang around as you lurk about the site…something like the salespeople at Macy’s who rush you as you walk in. I don’t especially like that, but where are they when you want them, hey? The Cookies work in the background to make your visit more pleasant. They get to know you and see what you’re interested in, so that your next experience on the website will be more relevant and personalized. They also ensure the integrity of any registration process, but cannot be used to deliver viruses or worm information out of you that you don’t wish to give. You can accept or decline Cookies if you prefer. If you choose to decline, you may not get all the benefits of the site (like when you tell the Macy’s clerk to skedaddle). Or you can consider a private browser window.
In addition, the “managers and VIPs” are also noticing your visit from a distance, but they’re pretty harmless too. My hosting company as well as Google and other search engines are interested in those who access my website. You might think they’re just nosy, BUT it’s helpful for everybody when we know -your country of origin -what browser you use -how long your visit lasted -what you looked at while you were here, and -maybe where you shared it to. The information acquired is very generic and statistical in nature and is NOT traceable to any individual. I do not store the information, but I may look at it for my own education.
In order to have good conversations and discussions, I open up my blog and other areas on the site for your comments. I’m so happy to hear from you! However, when you choose to participate, your name, email address, IP (computer) address, and comments will be collected. The only information I store (in a secure storage area) is what you provide voluntarily. If you should wish your comments deleted from the public forum at any time, please inform me.
To keep in touch with you, I’d love to send you my newsletter and other (hopefully) useful updates about Seaglass Sagas. Don’t worry about having your inbox flooded—after 40 years of writing newsletters, the shiny new ink has worn off, so these will be infrequent. Mostly I plan to let you hear when something exciting happens…like I have a new book coming out. Again, the only information I’ll have about you is what you share freely. My news service will let me know when you open a newsletter from me. If you ever wish to be removed from the list, you can click unsubscribe at the bottom of any newsletter.
In addition, you may subscribe to be notified via email whenever I post (usually Monday mornings) on Seaglass Blog by checking the box at the bottom of the comments section. I appreciate your interest in becoming part of the world of Seaglass Sagas. The WordPress tool I use for subscriptions, JetPack, also has access to my email list. Again, you may unsubscribe at any time by clicking the button at the bottom of these email messages.
Internationals Welcome! I just want you to know you this site is hosted in the United States. By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to the transfer of your information to the U.S. and the application of U.S. law in matters pertaining to the site.
Young Adults Welcome! I don’t plan to put up anything inappropriate, but if you’re under 16, you need a guardian’s permission to use this website.
If we ever experience a security breach (God forbid!), we will notify anyone affected within 72 hours via the email address we have filed for you. Please humor our security guard and use a tough password.