Privacy Policy

FloridaRambler.com is sensitive to your desire for privacy, and we do everything in our power to block malicious web robots, called “bots,” from scanning our site or our database to harvest even “public” information.

Our security ranks among the best on the web.

For example:

  • Our technology identifies bots that have a history of malicious behavior, so we scramble e-mail addresses in our articles and on your comments, while still allowing individual users, such as yourself, to view our content.
  • We block all inquiries from China and the Ukraine, two known sources of malicious hackers. This hampers our rankings in search engines in those countries, but we don’t care.
  • When our web site is attacked by hackers or spammers, we stop them in their tracks and require them to manually type in a visual CAPTCHA code. And even if they get through with manual intervention, we limit their time on our site and they cannot scan it. Bots walk away and go somewhere less secure.

Aside from malicious bots, FloridaRambler.com does not knowingly collect identifiable information about you or your computer. You should be aware, though, that your activity may be tracked by third-party vendors. I know that sounds like we’re qualifying our good intentions, but it is reality no matter where you go on the Internet. 

These third-party vendors, such as Google, use cookies to serve ads based on your internet experience. Your online experience may also be used to fine-tune your search results on Google, Bing, Yahoo! and other search services.

  • Third party vendors, including Google, use cookies to serve ads based on a user’s prior visits to our website and others.
  • Google’s use of the DoubleClick cookie enables it and its partners to serve ads to users based on visits to this website and/or other sites on the Internet.
  • Users may opt out of the use of the DoubleClick cookie for interest-based advertising by visiting the ads preference manager. (Alternatively, you can direct users to opt out of a third-party vendor’s use of cookies for interest based advertising by visiting aboutads.info.)

If you have not opted out of third-party ad serving, the cookies of other third-party vendors or ad networks may also be used to serve ads on FloridaRambler.com, and when you click on an ad, a cookie may be placed in your browser to track your behavior on the advertiser(s)’ web site and report commissions back to FloridaRambler.com

Note that when you visit an advertiser’s website, you may be able to opt out of their use of cookies, if the advertiser or ad network offers this capability.

Alternatively, you can direct users to opt out of some third-party vendor’s use of cookies for by visiting aboutads.info.

In any event, FloridaRambler does not use any data collected by third-party vendors for any purpose, other than to count visitors and measure traffic on our web site.

Florida Rambler does not use personally identifiable information to show interest-based ads.  We infer interest and demographic categories based on aggregated survey data on site visitation.

Google Adsense, our primary advertising partner, allows users to see how ads are being customized to their interests via the Ads Preferences Manager, which you can find through the Google Privacy Center and most “Ads by Google” or “AdChoices” links seen in Google ads.

Users can add or remove categories to improve the relevance of the ads they see or opt out of interest-based ads entirely.  With this tool, we hope that users will feel engaged and comfortable with the ads shown to them.

FloridaRambler.com may (or may not) realize a modest income when you click on an advertisement or third-party link. This income is important for our survival as an independent publisher of articles about authentic Florida getaways and things to do in Florida’s outdoors.

Other Third Parties

While visiting FloridaRambler.com, you may click on a link that will direct you to other web sites not under the control of FloridaRambler.com. For example, if you click on a link to a destination, service, event or search result, that click may take you off FloridaRambler.com.

When you click on a link taking you to another web site,  your arrival site will not be controlled by FloridaRambler.com and any terms of use or policies associated with the destination site may apply.

We make every attempt to include only links to third-party sites that we feel are relevant to our content and our readers, but we make no other representations concerning the content of these destination sites.  Consequently, we cannot be held responsible for the accuracy, relevancy, copyright compliance, legality, or decency of material.

Subscriptions

When you subscribe to our weekly newsletter, you voluntarily submit your e-mail address to our database.  We do not share your e-mail address with anybody, nor do we share your name or any other information related to your e-mail address.

You can be assured that your e-mail address is in good hands with us, and it will only be used to send you our newsletter. You may opt out at any time.

Comments

When you comment on an article, your name and Gravatar may appear at the bottom of the article page. If you include your e-mail address, it will not be visible. However, any identifiable information that you include in comments may become public.

If “bots” try to access that information from our site, our technology recognizes them and scrambles e-mail addresses so that they cannot be harvested for black-hat purposes.

Updates to this privacy policy

We will, from time to time, update this privacy policy to comply with the highest standards of the web.  Please visit occasionally to see if any of our rules have changed. (Last update: 3/11/2013)

Questions

If you have any questions or comments about our privacy policy, or suggestions on how we can better secure private information, please send your e-mail to [email protected] and we will do our best to address your concerns.

Be assured that the contents of your e-mails will be secured in the strictest confidence.

Best regards,

Bob Rountree and Bonnie Gross, Florida Rambler Media Inc.

Last updated on March 11, 2013

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