WCJG Online Privacy Guide
Staying safe while engaging online
If you are reading this guide, you may be familiar with RACK, or Risk Aware Consensual Kink. This concept of risk awareness also applies to how we engage online, and can be extremely useful in protecting your privacy.
Before you participate in any sort of virtual meetings (regardless of who hosts the event), ask yourself…
WCJG will be using Zoom. Certain browser settings (such as those related to cookies, see below) may interfere with the program’s performance, so users having technical difficulties are advised to try accessing the meeting with a different browser.
Remember, your online risk assessment may be tighter or looser than someone else’s. It is best to assume that others will have laxer practices than your own, and not to rely on them to protect your privacy. Respect that everyone has a different risk profile, and take responsibility for your own safety and comfort.
With this said, here are some steps you can take to protect yourself:
Outside Your Computer
In Your Web Browser
Cookies are small files that live in your web browser and store information about the websites you visit. An identifying cookie with a unique ID is often used to trace the pages you visit within a site, to develop a list of the pages you’ve visited. Theoretically cookies can only be accessed by the website that created them – the catch to this is that any website maintainer can choose to include tracking codes on their own site to sync information with Facebook, Google, and other tracking companies. Facebook in particular is known for recommending “people you may know” who use similar websites, locations, etc, as you do – so if you don’t want information to be shared between Facebook and any other website, don’t visit them at the same time on the same browser, which can be accomplished in a few different ways.
If you regularly use your computer under a vanilla identity that you want to keep separate from the identity you attend kink events with, any of the following should work:
Using a VPN
Your internet service provider, or ISP, (Spectrum, FiOS, etc) can view all the pages you’ve requested to view (though they cannot view the content you see on them, if you’re using HTTPS links rather than HTTP) and they can tie them back to your physical location. The way they do this is with a publicly available ID they assign to your location when you browse the internet, called an IP address. Having an IP address is a core part of how the internet works and can’t be avoided. VPN software encrypts your internet traffic, and sends it through a different IP address owned by the VPN company. This is good if you don’t want the person who pays for your internet, or the person who can log in to your router, to see what you’re doing. It’s also good if you don’t want the person who owns the website you’re visiting to see what internet service provider you use and your approximate location (to within town/city level, usually – only the ISP knows the specific physical address of your IP address.). The downside to this is that you have to trust the VPN company with that information now instead of your ISP.
How to stay safe
Find a trusted VPN to use if you’re worried about website owners knowing your approximate location or, more importantly, if you’re worried about the person who pays for the internet in your house finding out about your usage. Check their privacy policies to make sure you can live with what they do with your information. Avoid using VPNs owned by companies known to aggregate user data, such as Facebook, Amazon, or Google. Do not use a VPN provided by your employer. You might have to research and you’ll likely have to pay monthly for this service. There may be technical setup, so check that your IP address is different when the VPN is on and when it’s off.
This document was revised and shared by DESIRE 2021 with permission. It was inspired by the class ‘Managing Your Kink Online’ taught for TES by RiggerJay.
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