Privacy Please: Our Quick Deck Makeover

One of the best features of our new house is the deck. It's spacious, comes right off the kitchen, and unlike a lot of decks in the area, it actually has stairs to the ground level for the pups. We spent the majority of Saturday basking in the great sunlight it gets which was all it took to convince us to invest in some privacy! ...more

How Transparent is Your Marriage/Relationship?

Privacy is very important to some people, and a condition that is deserving of respect even in a marriage or a relationship.  But to others, privacy is something that is unnecessary in a marriage.  What is privacy really?  According to TheFreeDictionary.com, it is the quality of condition of being secluded from the presence or view of others.   Which leads me to my next question, “Should there by privacy in a marriage or relationship?”.  Are there boundaries or limits to confidentiality in a relationship? ...more

How To: Understand Google's New Privacy Policy and Protect Your Data

So you might be aware the Google launched a new privacy policy earlier this month. In fact, you might have bookmarked it for later reading, and then though "screw it" when it popped up in your face and clicked "I accept". Hmm. What did you just accept? Should you be worried? I read it. Accepted it. And then I took some measures to protect myself....more

A little privacy please

Despite what D may say my needs are simple. I keep telling him there’s a difference between high maintenance and high standards, but whatever…another day. What I need is some no-kids time. I say that with love....more

Is Privacy Just an Act?

I keep trying to write something up about the recent New York Times article on how Target gleans information from shoppers to better, well, target them as customers....more
I feel like a lot of us have just given up and given in. In Target and online, whatever you do ...more

Redefining Privacy Today

Privacy is really -and only- what you say or do within your own home with the shades down that is (generally legal) and between you and your love-ones that is not being communicated, recorded, broadcasted or reproduced in any way online or in a public forum....more
I have found myself in all three of these groups at different times. More recently #1. I've also ...more

How to Protect Yourself in Online Banking.

Would it be safe to assume you're banking online? Whether it's for personal, small business, trading and investments. In fact, over 60 million Americans are doing it. And why not?! It's simple, efficient and easy access to statements and investment needs. The customer service is not hard to come by with online chat options too....more

Using Public Wi-Fi. How to Protect Yourself.

Welcome to part three of "Be Smart, Secure and Safe. A Guide to Managing Your Online Privacy."...more

Bloggers! Ask Rep. Markey About Kids and Online Privacy

Do you worry about your kids' privacy online? Do you even know what information marketers are gathering about your child and his or her online habits? Representative Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) -- who authored the Children’s Online Privacy Protect Act of 1998 (COPPA) for the House -- is holding a conference call for bloggers with Jim Steyer from Common Sense Media at 1:30PM EST/12:30 PM CT/10:30 AM PT on Thursday, February 2nd (that's this week!) to discuss a new bipartisan bill he's co-sponsoring, H.R. 1895, Do Not Track Kids Online -- and he wants our questions, BlogHers! ...more
@savvyauntie Sure - go ahead and DM us! Or feel free to send an email to tdegnan@commonsense.org!more

Are You Safely Shopping Online?

Welcome to Part Two of "Be Smart, Secure and Safe. A Guide to Managing Your Online Privacy."I am going to walk you through factors to consider before making an online purchase. Shopping online is increasingly becoming more popular and more convenient....more