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*Post originally published on Smart Stunning Searching on the 25th of November, 2013.*...more

7 Scary Privacy Issues to Be Aware Of

We are all too aware of the National Security Agency breaking encryption and implanting back doors on various servers, networks and within numerous social sites, email providers, mobile networks, mobile phones and other platforms to gather intelligence in the name of safety and security for the American people and other friendly nations across the globe....more

Oops, I Hit Publish

So, where does the oops come in?  Well, it's important to note that once an article or blog is published on this site, there is no way to edit.  It's not grammatical errors I'm concerned about though.  I wrote a post about narcissistic fathers and their destructive impact on their adult children.  I may have shared some personal situations.   Perhaps I should have pretended they were situations belonging to a friend? ...more
Yes, one of my post popular posts is about all the dumb things I did or said as I was growing ...more

What is Up with All of the Privacy Settings Changes?

We're being forced into an age of sharing everything if we wish to be online, and having all of that information amassed under our real name for easy usage by large tech companies and the people to whom they choose to sell our likes and interests.  The only real way to opt-out is to not use these sites, though with the off-screen world mimicking the on-screen world, there really is no perfect privacy in an age where purchases are tallied and travel habits analyzed. The Information Age is both about putting information in the hands of the general public, but it's also about putting information in the hands of corporations. ...more
I HATE that they took away the option where you can opt out of search settings.  One quick look ...more

Privacy, What Privacy?

I wrote this three years ago and sadly nothing (much) has changed..... ...more

The Runner

 Lately, Son #1 really likes his privacy.  When he was a toddler, I naturally helped him bathe.  Now that he is six, he prefers to wash his hair and body independently.  I'm grateful because it is one less thing that I have to do. This morning's shower time was like any of the other times.  I called out.  "Son, it's time for your shower!" Son #1 complained.  "I don't want to take a shower!"  Why little boys prefer to stink...I'll never know. ...more

The National Security Agency: The US of A's Heading Toward a Leftist Police State

The biggest problem in Communist countries? Constant control of the population. Constant censorship, contant watch over everyone. This, for example, is one of the biggest problems in China--limited access to many freedoms, and the population are monitored "for their safety" via the internet.  A true bash at liberty. Our Founders were determined to get away from situations like this, even if they were distinctly describing the physical implications of someone actually walking into your home without permission.  ...more

Is That Mobile Application Invading My Privacy?

Facebook now offers “Home.” Facebook says “With Home, everything on your phone gets friendlier. From the moment you turn it on, you see a steady stream of friends’ posts and photos. Upfront notifications and quick access to your essentials mean you’ll never miss a moment. And you can keep chatting with friends, even when you’re using other apps. Cover feed puts the spotlight on whatever friends are sharing now—photos, status updates, links and more.”...more

Kids and Privacy: Where Do You Draw the Line?

It all started with a post on Huffington Post. A mother, Kim Bongiorno, admitted that she read her five-year-old child's diary because she was worried that her child was struggling with child-sized fears and she wanted to be able to assuage her child's mind.  What she found instead was love.  A long list of all the things her child loves.  Wheeeeew. Wipe brow and scene. Except that the real story took place in the comment section and all the spin-off blog posts that came from this event: should this mother have read her child's diary, or do kids have a right to privacy? ...more
I have the passwords to my children's online accounts and they know that I can check them ...more

Is There No Privacy Anymore?

I love my husband to distraction. I won’t pretend that we never fight or say things to each other in anger. We are a normal couple. However, you will never see me air our fights and disagreements online. I will never post those little pictures / memes that denigrate husbands or marriages. You know, the ones that say when you get married you adopt a fully grown toddler etc. I have respect for him and for our union....more