Yes, the internet is a dark and gloomy cess-pit of electronically-powered privacy-invasion. Your browser is currently loaded with trackers, cookies, analysers, social-media-data-collection-robots, and more. Corporations are collecting, sharing, and selling your personal information, right now.
Your privacy is incredibly valuable, and on Yomadic, is respected at all times.
What information does Yomadic collect?
By default, you can visit Yomadic anonymously. However, during certain activities – such as leaving a comment on a post, you may be asked to provide an e-mail address (use a fake email address if you like, it will never be displayed publicly), and a “cookie” may be set. Of course, when you purchase a tour from Yomadic, you will need to provide personal information (such as your full name, address, and payment details). Signing up for a tour, you *may* need to provide copies of your passport and other details.
Who do we share this information with?
Your passport information is shared with the relevant government authorities only when absolutely necessary (for example, to secure a visa, or to gain permission to enter restricted areas). We may share your information with a very limited number of private third-parties that we implicitly trust and employ to deal with these government authorities on our behalf – and only when it’s necessary for you to join the tour.
Does Yomadic share or disclose any of your information to anyone else?
Without your explicit consent, Yomadic will not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to any other outside parties any of your personal information or data.
How do we protect your personal data?
Any passport scans or other information that you voluntarily share is stored safely and with encryption.
How long to we retain your personal data for?
Once we have used your passport information (for example, passport scans to secure a visa, or to gain permission to enter restricted areas), your passport information is permanently deleted. We will keep records of only your name, email address, contact information. We do not retain copies of your passport photos or data.
If you leave a comment on the Yomadic website, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue. Metadata includes only the information you voluntarily provide (such as your name and email address – both of which may be fake/anonymous), plus the IP address of where the comment was posted from.
A “cookie” will only be set when you purchase a tour (to help the check-out process), or leave a comment on a post (to make it easier to leave a comment the next time). In addition, cookies will be set by third parties, for example, when we embeds video content from YouTube. You can read about how Google uses this information, here.
Is this website “secure”?
Yes. All pages that require you to input sensitive information – such as providing credit card numbers – and all other pages on Yomadic, are 100% secure. This is easily verified by the secure-symbol in your browser.
What about social-media trackers?
Yomadic will never install any social-media trackers (such as sharing/like buttons). These buttons and trackers are always tracking you, across the internet, checking every page you visit, even if you never click on the buttons. To provide YouTube content on the Yomadic website, Google may choose to install various trackers.
Free info: how to block trackers and advertsing…
Block Google, Facebook, thousands of adverting companies, and millions of websites from collecting, sharing, and selling as much data about you as they possibly can:
- install “uBlock Origin” or “Privacy Badger” on each browser you use (desktop, tablet, mobile) – this will block most trackers, including Google’s trackers and Social Media trackers, and most advertising (links in the resources below).
- install a VPN on each device you use to access the internet.
Free info: want to keep your browsing to your self? Use a VPN!
- we personally use and recommend NordVPN. If you use this link, you will get the best possible price.
- NordVPN is the only VPN we have stuck to over the years – after testing many VPN’s both free and paid. It works, it’s fast, they truly respect your privacy, and the price is great (free VPN’s are available – but they will track you, will not respect your privacy, will often not work – defeating the entire purpose of a VPN).
- NordVPN will protect you on public Wifi, enable you to visit websites that are blocked in your country, and will stop anyone from seeing which websites you have visited, including your internet provider.
RESOURCES / MORE INFORMATION
- uBlock – free, open source, ad-blocking and tracker blocking.
- Privacy Badger – free, open source, ad-blocking and tracker blocking.
- NordVPN – access any website, securely, from anywhere.
- bluehost – from January 2012 to March 2018, Yomadic was hosted with bluehost (they’ll give you deal on easily setting up and hosting your own website if you use this link – and they’ll give me enough commission to buy a slice of Pizza). If you’re just starting out with your own website, Bluehost is inexpensive, and offers great value (Yomadic stuck with Bluehost for almost six years!).
- Kinsta – in February 2018 the Yomadic website moved to Kinsta – the world’s fastest web-hosting provider. We can’t praise Kinsta enough. If you’re serious about your website, you need Kinsta.
- protonmail – Yomadic email is hosted deep underground in Switzerland, it’s encrypted, secure, not even protonmail themselves can read our email (it’s free to signup, and paid if you want more storage or other features, we do not receive any commission).
FOR COMPLETE TRANSPARENCY – HERE ARE WORKS-IN-PROGRESS
- Yomadic uses Geo Mashup in conjunction with Open Street Map to provide maps on certain article pages. This is an open-source solution to providing useful maps. However, the map images may be delivered over a non-secure connection (nerd alert). This is not a risk, at all, but it does annoy us.
- Yomadic uses “Akismet” to automatically delete “spam” comments left on this website. Unfortunately, this means that any comments you leave on any website page may be checked through the Akismet automated spam detection service. Again, this annoys us, but in a world overloaded with spam, it’s necessary.
Please feel free to contact and mention any inaccuracies on this page, or ask any questions.