Privacy Information

GENERAL PRIVACY INFORMATION

We provide no member information of any kind to anyone at any time, and strenuously disapprove of the types of concerns and people who do. We ourselves, in fact, have no access to any of your information you don't want seen. Your privacy is entirely up to you.

Most of our functionality, cookies, analytics scripts, payment capture, chat functions, are all provided and maintained by third-parties. For the parts of this puzzle that we control, we are both Privacy Shield and GDPR compliant. The GDPR is the EU’s new sweeping privacy protection set of laws. Every third-party utilized by our turnkey provider, Ning, as far as we know, is Privacy Shield and GDPR compliant. We do have IP anonymization active, meaning that even with Google Analytics tracking, your IP address is masked.

We occasionally send out notices for product announcements, updates, and event announcements. It’s under your total control what you receive from us. All links to the legal documents, policies and control pages are below. You can opt out at any time, which the Welcome Message for all new accounts points out and gives directions for.

By signing up at The Superbeings, you will receive a Welcome Message. That message will show you how to change your email and privacy settings, enabling you to opt-out right at the start. Those links are also below, if you’d like to look into them before signing up.

PRIVACY & SECURITY LINKS

Change Your Privacy & Email Preferences
Ning’s Privacy Policy
Ning's GDPR Privacy Addendum
Ning’s Terms of Service
Ning’s Cookie List
Our Terms of Service
PayPal Privacy Policy

SSL

SSL stands for Secure Socket Layer, and these exist to encrypt information you type into any input field. The Superbeings utilizes SSL. How you verify that is to click in the address input field. It will highlight the URL address. Copying it into a notepad will you show you the https at the beginning of the address. The "s" stands for "secure." You can also click https://thesuperbeings.net. The link puts your browser in a secure layer, but you are in fact in a secure layer now.

COOKIES

Our Website is a turnkey hosted solution maintained by Ning, which hosts 100,000 social networks. Ning uses cookies, while we have no say-so in what they are, nor what they’re used for. You can look at a list of Ning Cookies at the link above. None, as far as we can tell, are invasive to the point of collecting and distributing personal information. It’s important to note that we have no requirement of any kind that you provide any personal information for your Superbeings account. Use a fake name and email address…we just don’t care. However, if you want to receive notices from us, you’ll have to use a valid email address.

Disabling cookies, or choosing what types to allow, is one of the most basic functions of any browser. Just look under your Preferences, Settings or Options, and look for Privacy and/or Security. What you should know is that some cookies are related to performance, flow, functionality, page presentation, etc., which means that in shutting them down, there might be limitations to access, functionality, presentation and performance. We recommend you turn them off, then surf the site and see if you’re able to do everything you want. If so, you’re golden.

VPN - VIRTUAL PRIVATE NETWORKS

Some browsers have built-in VPN functionality. Opera is one, and its VPN is good. What those do is proxy your IP address to be located in various places throughout the world. Tracking you would be to track an anonymous browser.

THIRD-PARTY SECURITY PROVIDERS

There are many companies out there who offer a full suite of privacy, tracking blocking, virus, malware, computer performance, and so on. We use Avast. Their products are superb, easy to use, easy to stay current. If security and privacy are your concern, this is a good way to go. Go there.

PAYMENT GATEWAYS

We use PayPal for all payments. Their Privacy Policy is here, and in the PRIVACY & SECURITY LINKS above.

PUBLIC FORUM

This is a public forum. While we ourselves maintain no information or identities to protect on The Superbeings Website, we’re fully aware that many of you have jobs and other parts to your lives that by necessity must be kept insulated from what goes on here. We say all this because if you have your full and entire name as your user or screen name on this site, and you post anything at all with your name attached to it, your post could actually become a search result if someone entered your name in a search.

The remedy is to use your first name only or a pseudonym. We prefer your first name because it's hard to keep track of all our friends with fake names. To do this, under My Stuff in the navigation links above, under the header image, choose Settings. Then, under Photo and Profile on the resulting page, just replace your name with whatever you want.

SPAMMERS/PHISHERS

We manually approve or decline every single signup. Providers of turnkey social network platforms, like Ning, who is our provider, are a MAJOR target of spammers and phishers because such bottom-feeders feel they can reach the most people most efficiently when they're phishing for private emails. When on occasion someone gets by our eyeball manual filters, they get in and click on a few members' profiles and try to get them to correspond privately, thus perhaps getting a naive member's email address. 

NOW HEAR THIS! First off, you've given only the private information on TSB that you want seen, right? The only way a spammer or phisher can get any of your private information is if YOU give it to them. This is the most basic stuff there is in today's world, and if you're not aware of this I wonder if you'd help me to make arrangements to move into the cave next to you! (smile - I would in fact like to live in a cave!) If a stranger asks you for any private information, such as your email address, of course you laugh in their digital face and report them to us. We'll then zap them and no more problem, at least from them.

Because of all this, it appears we're forced to put more of this type of information front and center, right on the site. I personally have been dealing with spammer/phishers in my various social projects since around 2004, and it's always the same thing. Don't give a stranger your private information, ever. If someone writes to you through TSB and wants to be friends and wants your email address, just write back, "Sorry, I don't give that to strangers. But if you'd like to correspond, let's just use TSB's email. What ya say to that, obvious criminal?"

We say this, repeatedly, because we get notes from members in a panic, literally every single time, that they've been hacked, they're in danger, and WE must do something about THEM having given their email address to a stranger. As you well know, your actions aren't our responsibility.

That about covers it, and thanks very much.

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