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Privacy Advice

Privacy advice

Prior to joining HematosLife.org, you must consider and decide, yourself, the extent to which you wish to reveal information about yourself to the large community of HematosLife.org Users and to HematosLife.org and you must not communicate to HematosLife.org and its Users any information the dissemination of which could be harmful to you.


Privacy awareness

The Eight Commandments for internet privacy.

1 Make use of a nickname on forums, blogs and chat to protect your privacy.

2 Create a separate email adress to use when communicating on forums and blogs if you are keen on your privacy.

3 Do not use passwords that are obvious for others to guess, see our password article below.

4 Change your password regularly

5 Be carefull when you are placing email adres, phone numbers etc on the publicly accessible part of the site.

6 Do not post images that can be linked to privacy sensitive information (street-name signs etc).

7 Do not hand over private and or confidential medical information to other participants unless you are 100% sure of this persons identity.

8 Never give your password or username to other participants also our administrators will never ask for passwords or similar information.

Privacy, your own responsibility.

Like any other community website HematosLife.org helps you share information with your friends and people around you. We have built HematosLife.org to make it easy to share information with people with which you share the same interests. You choose what information you put in your profile, including contact and personal information, pictures, and interests.  We understand you may not want every user to have the information you share on the HematosLife.org website ; that is why we give you control of your information. You control the users with whom you share that information through the privacy settings on the Profile page.

Please keep in mind that if you disclose personal information in your profile or when posting comments, messages, photos, videos or other items , this information may become publicly available, even-though you can set privacy options that limit access to your content. Please be aware that no security measures are perfect or impenetrable. You cannot control the actions of other Users with whom you may choose to share your pages and information. Be aware that even after removal, copies of User Content may remain viewable in cached and archived pages or if other Users have copied or stored your User Content.

HematosLife.org may contain links to other websites. We encourage you, when you leave our site, to read the privacy statements of each and every web site that collects personally identifiable information.

Changing or Removing Information
Access and control over most personal information on HematosLife.org is readily available through the profile editing tools. You as a HematosLife.org user may modify or delete any of your profile information at any time by logging into your account. The profile information will be updated immediately. If you wish to deactivate your HematosLife.org account you can send an personal message or PM to one of our administrators stating that you want your profiel te be deactivated.Removed information may persist in backup copies for a reasonable period of time but will not be generally available to members of HematosLife.org.

Where you make use of the communication features of the service to share information with other individuals on HematosLife.org, however, (e.g., sending a personal message to another HematosLife.org user) you generally cannot remove such communications.

How to create a strong password and password security.

Some general information on how to create a strong password.

A strong password is all about a long random string of characters.
Make it lengthy. The use of > 8 characters is good, >14 characters is best.

* Some systems also allow the use of the space bar in passwords, so you can create a phrase made of many words.
* Combine letters, numbers, and symbols. The greater the variation the harder it is to guess.
* The fewer types of characters in your password, the longer it must be.    * Use the entire keyboard, not just the most common characters but also those symbols unique to your language.

Use words and phrases that are easy for you to remember, but difficult for others to guess. The easiest way to remember your passwords and pass phrases is to write them down. Contrary to popular belief, there is nothing wrong with writing passwords down, but they need to be adequately protected in order to remain secure and effective.

Use these steps to develop a strong password:

1. Think of a sentence that you can remember like ‘my house is at the end of the street’ or ‘ my daughter is 6 years old’  etc.
2. Check if the computer or online system supports the pass phrase (with spaces between characters) directly.
3. If the website or system doe not support the space key then convert the phrase to a password. Take the first letter of each word of the sentence that you've created to create a new, nonsensical word. Using the example above, you'd get: „ mhiateots” or "mdi6yo".
4. Add complexity by mixing uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols. It is valuable to use some letter swapping or misspellings as well.
5. Test your new password with this Password Checker

Password strategies to avoid

Some common methods used to create passwords are easy to guess by criminals. To avoid weak, easy-to-guess passwords:
•    Avoid sequences or repeated characters. "12345678," "222222," "abcdefg,"
•    Avoid using only look-alike substitutions of numbers or symbols like H€mat0$Life
•    Avoid your login name. Any part of your name, birthday, social security number, or similar information for your loved ones constitutes a bad password choice. This is one of the first things criminals will try.
•    Use more than one password everywhere.

Keep your passwords secret

Treat your passwords and pass phrases with as much care as the information that they protect.
•    Don't reveal them to others.
•    Protect any recorded passwords. Be careful where you store the passwords that you record or write down.
•    Never provide your password over e-mail or based on an e-mail request.
•    Change your passwords regularly.
•    Do not type passwords on computers that you do not control. Computers such as those in Internet cafés, computer labs, shared systems, kiosk systems, conferences, and airport lounges should be considered unsafe for any personal use other than anonymous Internet browsing.

This password article is an abstract, the full article can be read by clicking on this link.
Create a strong password
Password checker

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