Information about Privacy on my Web Site

I am committed to protecting your privacy. You can visit most pages on my site without giving me any information about yourself, except for the contact page. But, as I add to my website, there may be other times when I will need information to provide services that you request, and this privacy statement explains data collection and use in those situations. This privacy statement only applies to this web site; it does not apply to other online or offline sites, products or services. I know that for some of you, it may seem like over kill, but if there is one thing we all eventually learn about people is that it is always better to set the ground rules straight from the beginning. So, please read the complete privacy statement to fully understand what I’m doing on my web site. That way there will be no surprises.

Thanks!

Blaine

This site will ask you when it needs information that personally identifies you (personal information) or allows me to contact you. Generally, this information is requested when you are registering to post comments, registering before entering a contest, ordering e-mail newsletters, joining a limited-access premium site, signing up for an event or training, or when purchasing and/or registering products. Personal information collected by this site often is limited to e-mail address, language, country or location, but may include other information when needed to provide a service you requested.

For example: If you choose a service or transaction that requires payment, such as making a purchase, I will request the personal information necessary for billing and/or shipping, such as: name, address, telephone number, and credit card number. Unless otherwise noted, all credit card transactions will be completed by a third party payment system that is PCI Compliant and processes transactions using 128 bit or greater TLS/SSL encryption. By the way, if you are looking for a third party payment system, I’d like to recommend my company MerchantAnywhere.com. We don’t have the cheapest introductory rates in the industry (at $24.95/month), but we do have the most flexible system with your own personal branding that allows you to takes credit cards on both mobile and PC/Storefront systems without paying extra fees – making it extremely cost effective and HIGHLY competitive. Okay, advertising aside, please read on.

When you buy and install a new product, I may ask you to register your purchase electronically. I will keep this registration information on file with any information you’ve already given on previous visits to this Web site.

This Web site also collects certain information about your computer hardware and software. This information may include: your IP address, browser type, operating system, domain name, access times and referring Web site addresses. This information is used for the operation of the service, to maintain quality of the service, and to provide general statistics regarding use of this Web site.

This Web site also collects information about which pages customers visit within the site. This site visitation data is identified only by a unique ID number, and it is never linked with personal information unless a user consents as described in the next section.

This site may use your personal information for the following purposes:

  • To ensure the site is relevant to your needs.
  • To deliver services, such as newsletters, events, training or software, that you request or purchase.
  • To help create and publish content most relevant to you.
  • To alert you to product upgrades, special offers, updated information and other new services from this Web site, if you so request.
  • To allow you access to limited-entry areas of the site as appropriate.

The site will merge site-visitation data with anonymous demographic information for research purposes, and I may use this information in aggregate to provide more relevant content. In some limited-entry sections of the Web site, with your approval, I will combine site-visitation data with your personal information in order to provide you with personalized content. If you decline permission, you will not be provided the personalized service and your personal information will not merge with site-visitation data.

I may occasionally hire other companies to provide limited services on my behalf, including packaging, mailing and delivering purchases, answering customer questions about products or services, sending postal mail and processing event registration. I will only provide those companies the information they need to deliver the service, and they are prohibited from using that information for any other purpose.

I may disclose your personal information if required to do so by law or in the good-faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on this Web site; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of the Web site and its family of Web sites, or (c) act in urgent circumstances to protect the personal safety of myself, my family, my employees, users of any Wed site products or services, or members of the public.

Your information may be stored and processed in Canada and the United States or any other country in which I or my affiliates, subsidiaries or agents maintain facilities, and by using this site, you consent to any such transfer of information outside of your country. My web site abides by the safe harbor framework as set forth by the Canadian Commerce Department and the U.S. Department of Commerce regarding the collection, use, and retention of data from the European Union.

When you register, or otherwise give us personal information, I will not share that information with third parties without your permission, other than for the limited exceptions already listed. It will only be used for the purposes stated above.

Registering also allows you to tell me how or whether you want me to communicate with you. If you buy software through my Web site, and do not want to receive such information, please let me know by sending a request by using the contact page – located as a link by clicking on my name (Blaine Leckett) in the hotter of each page.

Additionally, I occasionally allows other companies to offer my registered customers information about their products and services, using postal mail only. If you do not want to receive these offers, please let me know by sending me a request.

I may also send out periodic e-mails informing you of technical service or security issues related to a product or service you requested, or confirming you requested a product or service. You will not be able to choose to unsubscribe to these mailings, as they are considered an essential part of the service you have chosen.

I can provide you with the means to ensure that your personal information is correct and current. Simply send me an Email expressing your desire to make changes to your profile.

In the request you can:

  • View and edit personal information you have already given to me.
  • Tell me if you want me to send you marketing information.
  • Choose whether you want third parties to send you their offers by postal mail.
  • Subscribe, or cancel subscriptions, to newsletters about my services and products.

Some services offered on the Web site may collect information that is outside the normal registration process. However, in such cases, you can access your personal information by contacting me, or through alternative means of access described by the service. For example, if you buy software, hardware,  or photos from me on the Web site, you can change your personal information by contacting me directly.

As a security professional I know how important security and privacy are. So, needless to say, I am committed to protecting the security of your personal information. The Web site uses a variety of security technologies and procedures to help protect your personal information from unauthorized access, use or disclosure.

This Web site is a general audience site and does not knowingly collect any personal information from children.

When someone visits the site, a cookie is placed on the customer’s machine (if the customer accepts cookies) or is read if the customer has visited the site previously. One use of cookies is to assist in the collection of the site visitation statistics described above.

This Web site may also use cookies to collect information on which newsletter links are clicked by customers. This information is used to ensure I am sending information that my customers want to read. It is collected in aggregate form and never linked with your personal information.

Web beacons, also known as clear gif technology, or action tags, may be used to assist in delivering the cookie on our site. This technology tells me how many visitors clicked on key elements (such as links or graphics) on a local Web page. I do not use this technology to access your personally identifiable information on this site; it is a tool we use to compile aggregated statistics about Web site usage. I may share aggregated site statistics with partner companies but do not allow other companies to place clear gifs on our sites.

If you choose to not have your browser accept cookies from this Web site, you will be able to view the text on the screens, however you will not experience a personalized visit nor will you be able to subscribe to the service offerings on the site.

If you have questions regarding this statement, you should contact me.

I will occasionally update this privacy statement. When I do, I will also revise the “last updated” date at the bottom of this privacy statement. For material changes to this statement, I will notify you by placing prominent notice on the Web site.

Last updated: September 2015