I was looking through my friends' blogs and came across a post that was a bit frightening. Sagerats was writing about some information she got from her sitemeter. I have a statcounter but no sitemeter on my blog. Apparently, you can find information about the people that visit your blog-- like the site they came from and the site they went to after visiting.
I know Amy (DandelionSeeds) has mentioned at length about internet safety as well...and using safe codes for our children. If you haven't already thought about nicknames or using the safecode, maybe now would be a good time to do that.
Also, AmyBeth has written a good post on The Company Porch on how to keep your blog from showing up on a Google Search. I haven't done this yet, but I will now! I was rather surprised at church last night when a friend mentioned that they had come across my blog! What??? No one at church knows about my blog. Apparently, they were doing a search on radiant barrier paint (which I mentioned in a previous post complaining about my electric bill). Zoiks! No telling what I've talked about in previous posts that could lure some sicko to my site (implies no reference to my friend at church).
I hope this has given some of y'all food for thought. I know we can't live in fear or anything, but it doesn't hurt to take some simple measures to increase our privacy. And be careful which words you choose to use in your writings...at least throw those weird a*ster*isk*s* or other symbols to mix things up.
Speaking of privacy...
On Sunday night, someone charged 1.00 to our credit card. The fraud department notified us since the transaction detail only came through with a bunch of letters (instead of a store name, etc). We were told that it is common for a low amount such as a dollar to be used to "test" the card first...before further fraudulent charges are made. I am SO thankful that they found it in time and we were able to cancel our card immediately and reissue a new one! So be sure to always check your statements VERY carefully! Our cards have been in our possession so I have no idea where this fraud originated.
I promise a peppier post tomorrow (hopefully!). :-)