Privacy Policy and Security 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 technology identifies bots with 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 known sources of malicious hackers.
  • When our web site is attacked by hackers, spammers or bots, we deploy defensive actions to block them at the gate.

SSL — Secure Sockets Layer — New!

Although does not conduct e-commerce or facilitate financial transactions on our web site, we have added additional layer security with a secure sockets layer (or SSL).

SSL ensures a secure connection between your browser and our secure servers so that hackers cannot intervene or disrupt your experience.

When we offer something for sale, you are directed off our web site to a secure destination such as Amazon to conduct the transaction.

Cookies 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, such as advertisers and advertising networks.

These third-party vendors, such as Google, use cookies to serve ads based on your internet experience. These cookies 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 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

If you have not opted out of third-party ad serving, the cookies of third-party vendors or ad networks may be used to serve ads on, 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

Note that when you visit an advertiser’s website, you may also 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

In any event, Florida Rambler Media does not have access to data collected by third-party vendors other than data collected in an aggregated form for purposes such as statistical analysis (analytics).

We do count visitors and measure traffic on our web site, and third-party vendors may collect cookies to measure demographic information in the aggregate, meaning that cookies placed in your browser may be used to estimate your age, sex, education level, income level, interests and your geographic location based on your online history.

However, this information is not personally identifiable and is used only in the aggregate for analytical purposes.

You may block cookies, erase cookies, erase browsing history and block tracking information in the privacy settings of your web browser.  For more information, visit

You can find information about optimizing your privacy settings at

Another level of privacy is to use the “Private Window” or “Incognito Window” in your internet browser’s settings. If you use a private window, your browser is blocking cookies.

More information about privacy and security settings specific to your browser can be found in your browser’s “Help” menu.

Advertising Cookies

The purpose of advertising cookies is to tailor advertising to your interests.

Google Adsense, FloridaRambler’s primary advertising partner, allows users to see how ads are being customized via the Ads Preferences Manager, which you can find through the Google Privacy Center and “Ads by Google” or “AdChoices” links visible on ads.

You can add or remove categories to improve the relevance of ads you see or to opt out of interest-based ads entirely.

With this tool, hopes visitors to our web site will feel engaged and comfortable with the ads shown to them.

You can also use ad blocking as an extra level of protection. Consumer Reports has an excellent explanation about how ad blockers work. Click here for more information. already blocks sensitive ads that we find offensive or misleading. For example, we block “get rich quick” ads, “black magic” ads, visually offensive cosmetic procedures and body modification, adult web sites and ads that are sexually suggestive.

We also periodically review and block individual advertisers that slip through our filters by falsely identifying their categories to evade scrutiny.

Our purpose in screening ads is two-fold: We don’t want to offend our readers and, second, we want to provide good company for legitimate advertisers.

While visiting, you may click on a link that directs you to other web sites not under the control of For example, if you click on a link to a destination, service, event or search result, that click may take you away from

Terms of use and policies associated with the destination site 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 representation concerning the content of these destination sites.  We are not responsible for the accuracy, relevancy, copyright compliance, legality, or decency of material.

Compliance with European Union Privacy Rules (GDPR) is in full compliance with General Data Protection Regulations, also known as GDPR.

Under GDPR, if visitors originate from the European Union, we must obtain the visitors’ consent before serving personalized advertising or collecting personal information. Users must be offered an opportunity to “opt in” for personalized ads.

Our ads are either served randomly, or they are served based on the context of the article you are reading. For example, if you are reading an article about kayaks, you may see ads about kayaks and kayaking. You will not be shown ads based on your personal behavior on the web or web history, as has been the case in the past. has made a considered decision not to serve personalized ads to users in the European Union.

Although these ads do not use cookies for ad personalization, they do use cookies to allow for frequency capping, aggregated ad reporting, and to combat fraud and abuse.


As a matter of course, itself does not collect personal information on users unless they pro-actively sign up for our newsletter, submit a comment on our posts or send us feedback.

In those cases, the user has the choice whether to include personal information or not include personal information. No information is collected other than what is manually entered into those forms.


When you subscribe to our weekly newsletter, you voluntarily submit your name and e-mail address to our database, which is “opting in.”  We will not share your e-mail address with any third parties, nor do we share your name or any other information related to your e-mail address, no matter where your internet session is originating.

You e-mail address will only be used to send you our newsletter, and you may opt out at any time.


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, your e-mail address 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.


If you have any questions or comments about our privacy policy, or suggestions on how we can better serve our readers, please e-mail and we will do our best to address your concerns.

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

Best regards,

Bob Rountree and Bonnie Gross, co-publishers, Florida Rambler Media