Cookie Notice

Our Cookie Notice is a part of our Privacy Policy. It explains how we deploy cookies, as well as the options you have to control them.

Changes on This Cookie Notice

If we decide to change our Cookie Notice, we will post those changes in this section. So, please check this Cookie Notice from time to time.

Effective as of August 2, 2019
Last update on September 17, 2019

Cookie Notice Updates

  • We have added more information about cookies.

Introduction

Please read everything below carefully and check them occasionally, as they may change from time to time.

Cookie Settings

Before reading our cookie principles on this Cookie Notice, please check your Default Cookie Settings below. Also, you can change your consent below.

Cookie settings

Below you can choose which kind of cookies you allow on this website. Click on the "Save cookie settings" button to apply your choice.

Cookies

Cookies are tiny text files that consist of information. When you visit a website that uses cookies, that website sends the cookies to your computer. Your computer stores them inside your web browser.

What Do Cookies Do?

The purpose of the cookies is to help the website keep track of your visits and activity. It isn’t always a bad thing. For example, a cookie can remember your login information or preferences for a website. So when you visit that website again, you can resume where you left off. Also, cookies allow websites to collect data about user activities, such as how many unique visitors a page receives per month.

Are Cookies Safe?

Under normal circumstances, cookies cannot infect your computer with malware. However, some malware may act like cookies.

Third-party tracking cookies can also cause security and privacy concerns since they make it easier for parties you can’t identify to watch where you are going or what you are doing online. So before visiting websites, you should be aware of how they handle cookies. It is always a good practice to read the cookie notice and privacy policy of each page you visit carefully. If the websites you visit don’t have any, you should be cautious.

Types of Cookies

Session Cookies

Websites have no memories. So, they treat a user going from page to page as a completely new visitor. Session cookies enable a website to recognize you. Your computer stores these cookies for the duration of your visit and then deletes them when you close your browser.

Persistent Cookies

Persistent cookies enable websites to remember you on subsequent visits. Therefore, they speed up or enhance your experience of services they offer. Websites set these cookies for a while after you close the browser.

Essential Cookies

These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the website. Without these cookies services you have asked for, like commenting cannot be provided. As the name implies, they are essential to the website’s functionality and users cannot disable them.

Functionality Cookies

Some cookies enable websites to remember choices their users make, for example, user name, language or text size. These cookies are known as functionality cookies and help to improve your experience of a website by providing a more personalised service.

Advertising Cookies

Websites use these cookies to deliver online advertising. Mostly these are third-party cookies. So websites should have prior consents from you before setting these cookies.

Performance and Analytics Cookies

These cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how a website works.

Sources of Cookies

First-Party Cookies

The source of a first-party cookie is the website you visit. So, websites set these cookies.

Third-Party Cookies

The source of the third-party cookies is anything but the website you visit. For example, when you visit a website like this, you can see that the content of the site comes from the site, but the ads come from another server or website. This means that the website directs your browser to collect information from a different site’s ad server. Why does a website use third-party advertisements? The answer is simple. Many websites depend on advertising to continue their operations.

Also, websites use third-party cookies for analytics services. This way, webmasters can understand the use of their sites.

Learn more about cookies by visiting the Wikipedia page. You can also visit Norton’s page to learn how to enable or delete cookies.

Consent Principles of This Cookie Notice

We committed ourselves to be in full compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Therefore, we set up a proper cookie consent for our visitors. Also, you may read about our cookie consent principles.

  • Well Informed: Our cookie consent is well informed. We give you all the necessary information you need about cookies, their types, and our use of cookies.
  • True Choice: We respect the choices of our visitors. We couldn’t go ahead and force them to accept our policies to visit our website. Therefore, you are free to choose whether to accept or reject cookies on our website. Your choices will be valid for one day if you don’t decide to change them.
  • Affirmative Action: You can give your consent to us through positive or negative actions. If you decide to accept our Privacy Policy and Cookie Notice, you can push the Accept button, vice versa.
  • Prior Consent: Our website doesn’t use any cookies other than essential cookies before your consent. None of the third-party advertisement or analytics cookies will work before you give your consent to us. You can check this by visiting Cookie Metrix. Enter our website URL there and see it for yourself.
  • Withdrawable: If you change your mind, you can withdraw your consent. To adjust your cookie choices, you can use the Cookie Settings section above.

Types of Cookies We Use

Our website uses cookies for the following purposes:

  • To allow you to comment on our posts and share our posts on social media,
  • To understand how you use our website, and to serve you relevant advertisements.

In some cases, we use third-party cookies. But, don’t worry, we mean no harm to our visitors. Besides, you can disable all of them. Here are the cookies we use on our website.

Essential Cookies

We use essential cookies to allow you to use some of the features of our website, such as comments. If you block these cookies from your browser, then these features may not work for you.

Functionality Cookies

We use functionality cookies to allow our website to remember your choices. This way, we intend to provide you a more personal experience and to avoid you having to re-select your preferences every time you visit our website. We only use these cookies on our comments only with your consent.

If you leave a comment on our site, you may choose to save your name, email address, and website in cookies. This way, you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

Advertising Cookies

Advertising companies use these cookies to collect information about how you use our website over time. These companies use this information to show you advertisements they believe will be relevant to you and to measure how the ads perform. On our website, we use third-party cookies of Google AdSense and Impact Radius for advertisement.

Google AdSense

We use Google AdSense to serve ads to our visitors. Google AdSense uses cookies to serve ads based on a user’s prior visits to our website or other websites. These cookies use non-personally identifiable information. It means that these cookies don’t contain personal information about you.

Our Google AdSense Policy

To comply with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Google’s updated EU User Consent Policy, we have chosen to show only non-personalized ads to our visitors in the European Economic Area (EEA)(How Google Uses Information From Sites Or Apps That Use Our Services)

Although these ads don’t use cookies for ads personalization, they do use cookies to allow for frequency capping, ad reporting, and to combat fraud and abuse. Therefore, our visitors in the EEA should still accept the terms of our Privacy Policy.

Google AdSense Cookies

Google AdSense may set the following cookies on our website.

  • IDE (.doubleclick.net): This is one of the advertising cookies of non-Google Sites. Its expiration time is two months.
  • 1P_JAR (google.com): This is a Google advertising cookie for user tracking and ad targeting purposes. Its expiration time is one month.
  • DSID (.doubleclick.net): This cookie for linking visitors’ activity across devices if they have previously signed in to their Google Account on another device. Google use this to coordinate the ads across devices.
  • NID (.google.com): This is a preferences cookie. This cookie contains a unique ID Google uses to remember your preferences and other information, such as your preferred language, how many search results you wish to have shown per page, etc. Its expiration time is six months.

Learn more about how AdSense uses cookies by visiting the following link: How AdSense uses cookies

Learn more about Google’s Advertising Privacy & Terms by visiting the following link: How Google uses cookies in advertising

Current Opt-Out Options for Google Adsense

Google shows only non-personalized ads to our visitors in the European Economic Area (EEA). For our other visitors, if you opt out of ads personalization using Google’s Ads Settings, you will no longer receive personalized advertising from Google.

Also, you can install this browser plugin to maintain your preference to opt-out of personalized ads from Google, even if you’ve cleared your cookies.

Alternatively, you can opt out of a third party vendor’s use of cookies for personalized advertising by visiting the following links:

Dont forget that turning off ad personalization doesn’t remove ads.  Turning off personalization makes ads less relevant to you.

Impact Radius

We participate in marketing campaigns of Envato Market within Impact Radius. Impact Radius may set the following cookies on our website:

  • brwsr (.envato.market): This is a session cookie.
  • AWSALB (1.envato.market): It is a third-party performance cookie. Impact Radius uses Amazon Web Services to host their system. This cookie records which server cluster is serving you.

Other Google Cookies

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos) from other websites. They behave in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website. These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that content. Above all, we use Google services to embed some videos on our posts. Therefore, Google services may set the following cookies on our website.

  • SID, HSID (.google.com / .youtube.com): These are security cookies for authenticating users, preventing fraudulent use of login credentials, and protecting user data from unauthorized parties. Their expiration time is two years.
  • APISID, SAPISID, SSID, SIDCC (.google.com / .youtube.com): These are various unique identifiers. Their expiration time is two years.

Learn more about the types of cookies used by Google by visiting the following link: Types of Cookies Used By Google

Social Media Cookies

Social media widgets that enable social media functions on our website use these cookies. Your social media platform may be able to link information or actions about your interactions with our site to your account with them. Therefore, please see your social media platform’s privacy policies for more details. We may use the following social media widgets on our website:

Additional Information

For the sake of transparency of this Cookie Notice, we would like to share some information about the background of our website.

WordPress

We use the latest version of WordPress Content Management System (CMS) on our website to deliver our content. It is compliant to the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as of the version 4.9.6 since May 17, 2018. WordPress sets wordpress_test_cookie to check whether your web browser allows or rejects cookies. It is a session cookie which is deleted from your computer when you close your web browser.

Theme

A theme is a collection of templates. Therefore, we use themes to define the appearance and display of this website. On our website, we use GridLove Theme by Meks.

Plugins

Also, we use certain WordPress plugins on our website. They are apps that allow us to add new features to our website. Similarly, while we select which plugin to use, we care for your privacy. Therefore, we only use GDPR compliant plugins on our website. Here is a list of plugins we use on our website.

Akismet Anti-Spam

This plugin checks your comments against their global database of spam to prevent our website from publishing malicious content. The information Akismet collects includes the commenter’s IP address, user agent, referrer, and Site URL (along with other information directly provided by the commenter such as their name, email address, and the comment itself. (See also their Privacy Policy)

Gravatar

We use Gravatar service on our comment section of our website. An anonymized string created from your email address (hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service. It is to see if you are using it. After the approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment. (See also their Privacy Policy)

Cookie Allow

This plugin allows us to present our prior consent. By the help of this plugin, we are able to let you choose your consent, reset, and change your consent. It sets two cookies (wpca_cc and wpca_consent) in the case of consent so that our website can remember your consent choice for only one day (1 day). If you decide to change your consent before this time period, the plugin resets the cookie. (WeePie Plugins Website)

Disabling Cookies

In addition to the Cookie Settings on this Cookie Notice, you can manage preferences for Cookies within your browser. Most browsers let you remove or reject cookies. To do this, you can follow the instructions in your browser settings. Many browsers accept cookies by default until you change your settings. You can find more information on this at the following addresses:

For more information about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set on your computer or mobile device and how to manage and delete them, you can visit the following link: All About Cookies

Conclusion on Cookie Notice

As you can see, although we can not guarantee 100% safe internet experience, we value your privacy more than anything. We will try to comply with all regulations regarding this. Please feel free to visit our website as you wish. Even if you decline cookies, most features of our website will work. So, you will still be able to see most of our content. However, some features (comments, videos) may not work.

Finally, please read our Privacy Policy carefully. This cookie notice how we deploy cookies, as well as the options you have to control them. However, our Privacy Policy is for helping you understand what information we collect, why we collect it, and your options on it.

Our website uses cookies to provide you with the best experience. Please read our Privacy Policy and Cookie Notice fore more information.