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Cookies and Privacy

My website uses cookies, as almost all websites do, to help provide you with the best experience while on the site. Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer or mobile phone when you browse around websites. EU legislation means that I have to ask for permission from you to set cookies on your computer.

Cookies help me:

  • Make the site work as you'd expect,
  • Improve the speed/security of the site,
  • Continuously improve the website for you,
  • Keep the site maintained efficiently.

I do not use cookies to:

  • Collect any personally identifiable information (without your express permission),
  • Collect any sensitive information (without your express permission),
  • Pass data to advertising networks,
  • Pass personally identifiable data to third parties,
  • Pay sales commissions.

You can learn more about all the cookies I use below.

Granting me permission to use cookies

If the settings on your browser are adjusted to accept cookies, I take this, and your continued use of my website, to mean that you are fine with this. Should you wish to remove or not use cookies from this site you can learn how to do this below. However doing so will likely mean that my site will not work as you would expect (and really does not help me one bit).

You can also click on the little triangle on the left and use those options to control cookie usage on this site.

More about the Cookies

Website Function Cookies

I use cookies to make the website work. This includes:

  • Allowing you to add comments to the blog,
  • Providing a cache to make the site load quickly,
  • a solution to squish link spam.

There is no way to prevent these cookies being set other than to not use our site.

Third party functions

My site, like most websites, includes functionality provided by third parties. A common example is an embedded video. My site includes the following which use cookies:

  • Video

Disabling these cookies will likely break the functions offered by these third parties

Visitor Statistics Cookies

I use cookies to compile visitor statistics such as how many people have visited, what type of technology they are using (e.g. Mac or Windows which helps to identify when our site isn't working as it should for particular technologies), how long they spend on the site, what page they look at etc. This helps me to continuously improve the website. These so called "analytics" programs also tell me how people reached this site (e.g. from a search engine) and whether they have been here before. This helps me to put more efforts into developing my services for you instead of spending huge amounts on marketing.

I specifically use:

  • Google Analytics

Turning Cookies Off

You can usually switch cookies off by adjusting your browser settings to stop it from accepting cookies. Doing so however will likely limit the functionality of mine and a large proportion of the world's websites as cookies are a standard part of most modern websites.

It may be that you have concerns around cookies relating to so called "spyware" or advertising and tracking. Rather than switching off cookies in your browser you may find that anti-spyware software achieves the same objective by automatically deleting cookies considered to be invasive.

If you want to know more about cookies on this site, you can contact me and I will try to explain what all this is about.

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