I know all too well the frustration of an email inbox that seems to refill hourly with unsolicited junk mail. I value my privacy, and I know you value yours, too.
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The Financial Freedom Project, LLC does not collect any personal information about you as a visitor other than standard traffic logs automatically generated by its web server and Google Analytics.
These traffic logs are used by most websites to record information such as visitor IP (Internet Protocol) address, ISP (Internet Service Provider, such as Frontier or Comcast), internet browser used (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, etc.), time of visit, and which pages of the website were visited.
No personally identifying information is collected about you except when you specifically and knowingly provide it. Of course, if you choose to sign up for email newsletters, leave a comment on an article, or contact me via the contact form, the blog will have your email address and your provided name as well.
Your personal information or email address will never be shared, leased, sold, or voluntarily disclosed to anyone else.
The Financial Freedom Project, LLC explicitly collects only opt-in email addresses to contact you periodically with information you have requested related to the content of this site.
Every email newsletter sent will contain an unsubscribe link at the bottom if you are no longer interested in receiving future blog updates.
Security of Site Content
This site uses SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) technology to encrypt all content for the purpose of enhancing site security and protecting visitor privacy. You can verify this in the form of the closed padlock icon in your browser address bar.
All site URL’s have been intentionally configured to utilize secure “https” protocol, rather than the internet’s default-yet-insecure “http” sister protocol. A user can access a blog page or post by manually typing the related URL beginning with “http”, but they will be redirected to the secure “https” version of their destination for security purposes.
The below short video explains how SSL technology works as well as the difference between the secure “https” and insecure “http” web protocols:
Links Within Blog Content
I perform due diligence to ensure that hyperlinks, photos, or embedded videos contained in blog content link to other web sources which utilize secure “https” protocol.
If the first several sources I locate for a given link do not utilize “https”, I will continue to look for an alternative in support of providing content that is known to be secure. Only in the rare situation where I cannot locate an alternative source will I link to an insecure “http” URL.
Links To User-Provided Content
In the interest of maintaining a secure website, links posted in the comments section by blog visitors are automatically converted from “http” to “https”.
This also applies to links to the online profiles or websites of users who participate in the comment section. If no “https” URL version of a given link exists, the link will likely fail.
You may have heard of website cookies, but do you know what they are, how they work, or in what ways they can threaten your privacy? In the interest of both user education and disclosure, below is a quick-hitting outline with answers to those questions.
Your Favorite Kind
Web cookies are frequently used by websites for a variety of reasons, many of which have to do with optimizing the web browsing experience for a given individual.
For example, cookies enable site features such as “Remember me” or “Keep me logged in“, and eliminate the need for a user to enter their login credentials every time frequently-visited websites are browsed. Cookies used in this way are open, transparent, and of use to the end user.
The Internet’s Version of “No-Bake”
Cookies can also be implemented without knowledge or effort on the part of an end user. Ever spend a few hours researching a product and afterward notice online ads across multiple websites which reflect similar products?
This is frequently done through the use of “tracking cookies” which track all browsing behavior and sites visited and report them back to the originating website, often for the purposes of serving specific ads in the future to that user.
While these cookies may be helpful to a user by serving them with pertinent ad content, they are often installed without user knowledge or permission and as such can represent a potential privacy concern.
Not Your Grandma’s Recipe
Last but not least, tracking cookies can not only be installed without the knowledge or consent of an internet user, but can in some cases be abused to collect personally identifiable private information as well, posing a major security concern.
This website will never intentionally or knowingly employ or make use of tracking cookies to collect your personally identifiable private information or otherwise infringe on your web browsing privacy.
This site does utilize some second-party services which employ web cookies to provide you with functionality which improves your viewing experience. For example, these services enable the blog to optimize the user experience in the following ways:
- Hide the email subscription form in the sidebar if you have already subscribed, de-cluttering your screen and enabling you to better focus on content.
- Close the pop-up email subscription form that presents at the end of each blog post if you have already subscribed, or if you have previously dismissed the form by closing it without subscribing. This streamlines your reading experience and respects previous opt-in decisions.
- Remember the provided name, email address, and (optionally) website you enter when you leave a comment on a blog post. This eliminates the need for you to re-populate this information for every subsequent comment submitted.
- Enable your ability to share a blog article or page with your friends on social media via Email, Facebook, Twitter, or other platforms.
- Evaluate how you interact with the website, including which pages are most visited and at what time of day. This helps me understand which content is most useful and what time of day is most convenient to read blog articles.
Our use of second-party services which employ cookies is intentionally limited and judicious in nature in order to safeguard your privacy and protect your web browser’s performance.
When evaluating providers which provide this site with features such as email subscription services and social media sharing capability, the presence and type of cookies associated with such services are a consideration in the selection process.
You should be aware that our current social media sharing service does install several additional third-party cookies for the purposes of serving you with relevant online advertising content. If you do not desire this, you can prevent it with the simple click of a button on their Opt-Out page.
The Financial Freedom Project, LLC will always make every effort to utilize only services which employ web cookies in an open, honest, and transparent fashion while limiting their use to functionality which is beneficial to the user experience.
You can opt to turn off or disable all cookies within your browser settings , but if you do so your ability to interact with the site may be adversely affected as outlined in the above points.
The Financial Freedom Project, LLC has and will continue to work to provide a safe and secure platform for learning and exchanging information and concepts in support of increasing financial freedom.
However, due to errors, omissions, or circumstances out of its control, The Financial Freedom Project, LLC cannot guarantee that personally identifying information will never be disclosed. In addition, certain services used by this site may collect additional information that is disclosed within their own respective privacy policies.
Should you have any questions regarding the above policy, please feel free to contact me.