Last Updated: September 21, 2021
We urge you to read this Privacy Statement so that you understand our commitment to you and your privacy, and how you can participate in that commitment.
– Visitors to, or users of, its websites;
– Current or prospective customers using the Services pursuant to a written or verbal agreement with OsbornePro LLC.;
– Service providers and business partners;
– Other third-parties that use the Services, including without limitation including end users of prospective and current customers.
Information Collection And Use
While using our Site, we may ask you to provide us with certain personally identifiable information that can be used to contact or identify you. Personally identifiable information may include, but is not limited to your name, email, and any other pertinent information (“Personal Information”).
Like many site operators, we collect information that your browser sends whenever you visit our Site (“Log Data”).
This Log Data may include information such as your computer’s Internet Protocol (“IP”) address, browser type, browser version, the pages of our Site that you visit, the time and date of your visit, the time spent on those pages and other statistics.
In addition, we may use third party services such as Google Analytics or Facebook pixels that collect, monitor and analyze this data for “our” use as it relates to communication and/or marketing.
We may use your Personal Information to contact you with correspondence, newsletters, marketing or promotional materials, and other information that “we” deem necessary to transact business.
Cookies are files with small amount of data, which may include an anonymous unique identifier. Cookies are sent to your browser from a web site and stored on your computer’s hard drive.
Like many sites, we use “cookies” to collect information. You can instruct your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. However, if you do not accept cookies, you may not be able to use some portions of our Site.
The security of your Personal Information is important to us, but remember that no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure. While we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your Personal Information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.
We Are Advocates for Online Privacy
Here are a few more links you can use to take your personal information off of data broker sites.
If you wish to do more to protect your privacy I recommend the applications located at the bottom of this page. I do not benefit from your use of the below applications in any way. These are tools I use or have researched. Using tools such as ad blockers can limit the functionality of the websites you visit and may hinder the use of Single Sign On authentications. (For example signing into a site with your Google account)
Whenever you download an app, visit a website or use social media; the majority of the time that company is collecting data on you. This is the world we live in now. We buy things, look up medical conditions, interact with friends, you name it. These actions inadvertently create huge digital stockpiles of data on everyone using them. It may not be Personally Identifiable Information (PII) but these companies still collect data containing what you do on the web and sell that data.
Email providers such as Gmail and Yahoo allow advertising companies to read your emails. Facebook allows advertising companies to read your Messenger conversations.
This breach of privacy has been turned into a career. People who hold these positions are called data brokers. Data Brokers collect and maintain data to be analyzed, packaged, and sold without the user’s knowledge or permission. The data is usually sold for targeted advertising, credit risk assessments, and direct marketing.
Privacy is a limit on Government and private sector company power. The more someone knows about you, the more power they may gain over you. This information can be used to shape behaviors, influence decisions, affect reputations, and in the wrong hands can be used for harm.
A misconceived notion on the subject is "if you have nothing to hide you should have nothing to worry about". Privacy is the reason you have blinds on your windows and doors in your home. It is the freedom of thought and free speech. A watchful eye over everything read or watched can prevent us from exploring ideas outside the norm. Privacy protects people who speak unpopular messages and does not just protect fringe activities.
WEB BROWSER ADD-ONS:
If you do not already have one it is a great idea to get a password manager and put in the effort to create strong passwords for any and all sites you use a password to login to. After you are sure you have moved everything into the password manager, set up Multi Factor Authentication using the Microsoft Authenticator App or the YubiKey Authenticator App for as many as those logins as possible. At the very least use MFA for your password manager login. Google has an authentication app however it does not save the MFA entries. This means you risk being locked out of all of your accounts until you jump through hoops to reset all the passwords. Bitwarden and LastPass password managers are my personal favorites. Web browser password managers are not good enough. Any passwords stored in your browser need to be deleted. Turn off the option for the browser to offer to save passwords.
OsbornePro proudly uses YubiKey. The NFC (Near Field Communication) on the physical YubiKey chip can be required to unlock the mobile YubiKey MFA app. The app will then display the 6 digit code that generates every 30 seconds. YubiKey is an especially a secure solution for applications that can use physical security keys. You insert the YubiKey into a USB type port, unlock the YubiKey with your PIN (if set), and then touch the YubiKey to insert its generated unlock code. Very cool stuff.