While we strive to keep our message boards and other community spaces safe and comfortable environments, our message boards are public and it is possible for anyone to read your messages. If you share too much personal information, you could be making it easy for others to obtain too many details of your private life.
When members post comments in any of our community spaces, this information becomes public and searchable. If you include personal information or identifying details, this information is also associated with your messages. Be careful to keep your member name and identity private, especially if you post about sensitive topics online, such as domestic abuse or emotional health.
Here are some precautions you can take to protect yourself online:
- Keep personal information private, such as your name, phone number, city and state.
- Log in by creating an anonymous iVillage user name and password, instead of logging in with your Facebook account.
- Select a user name that doesn't include your personal details, such as your name or location.
- If you have a message board signature, review what personal information or photos are included.
- If you post personal information in a comment on a blog post or a chime on an article, this information becomes public.
- Do not save your user name on iVillage. This means that you will have to re-enter your membername and password before posting to a message board or before entering a chat, but that your membername will not automatically appear on the iVillage homepage or other pages where you are "greeted by name."
To "unsave" your membername from iVillage, please visit the account profile page.
Your security is very important to us and at iVillage you can choose to share as much or as little information as you wish.