Privacy Policy

Since this site is created with a static HTML generator and is not a web-based, database-driven application such as Wordpress, no personal information is stored in a database or in web browser cookies. However, there are a number of third-party services used by this website which may collect certain types of information. The services are listed below along with a link to their respective privacy policy pages.

If you do not agree with any of the policies below, please feel free to block any third-party services using the ad blocking software of your choice. This site will still display everything very cleanly and will not impede your user experience. However, the author of this website appreciates your support if you choose to leave the advertising services enabled since it supports hosting the content of this website.

One alternative approach you may take if you choose to block all third-party services is to use the Chromium-based Brave web browser. The Brave browser blocks ads, trackers, and other items and allows you to opt into ads. You have control over how many and how often to display ads. An added benefit is the ability to earn tokens that have real monetary value for viewing ads. Tokens can be freely given to your favorite content creators as well as cashed out. In this new approach to ad monetization where the viewer and the content creator share ad revenue, you can still support your favorite sites through advertising yet maintain a much higher level of privacy, security, and performance. All tracking information used for targeted ads is stored locally on your device based on your browsing history. It is not shared and monetized like other advertising companies such as Google. I fully embrace Brave’s philosophy of providing a high degree of privacy and security yet still offer a less intrusive advertising experience. Sites which depend heavily upon ad revenue can still stay in business – and you can earn money simply by browsing the web!

The following third-party services are used on this website:

Google Analytics and Google Adsense

This website uses Google Analytics to monitor the types of users visiting this website. Not all of the Google Analytics features are enabled since the author of this website does not desire to track users are the most detailed level. Even Google says that it should be disclosed in a privacy policy when tracking certain details. The information of most interest to this website’s author is the count of unique users accessing the site, the most viewed pages, referrals from other websites and social media, and the search terms used to reach the site from Google.

Google Adsense is used to serve ads to support hosting this website. The website author has attempted to minimize the amount of ads displayed on the page, and they can be easily blocked if the user desires to do so.

For more information on the types of information Google collects, visit their page:

https://policies.google.com/technologies/partner-sites

If you have a Google account, you may choose to opt out of personalized ads if you go to your Google settings. This applies to all sites that you visit while signed into your Google account. See more information below:

https://support.google.com/ads/answer/2662922?hl=en

CloudFlare

In an effort to further enhance the performance of this website, CloudFlare is the CDN (Content Distribution Network) of choice used by this website. It caches web requests, images, etc. in data centers around the world to provide greater access and performance. Other useful features include HTML/CSS minification and DDos protection in the event of an attack on this website.

CloudFlare collects basic, high-level statistics on website traffic. This is useful for monitoring the total number of unique visitors and the bandwidth usage of this website. Even though Google Analytics is used by this website, it can be easily blocked and therefore is not an accurate measure of the total user count.

CloudFlare’s privacy policy is located here:

https://www.cloudflare.com/privacypolicy/

Disqus Comments

This site uses Disqus as the commenting system. It is a popular, easy to use system, and happens to be a built-in feature of the static site generator and theme that I used to build this site. Their privacy policy is located at:

https://help.disqus.com/customer/portal/articles/466259-privacy-policy

In order to provide a simple consent pop-up for cookies used on this website by third-party services, this website is using the Cookie Consent app created by Howard Lie as a CloudFlare application. It is the desire of this website author to comply with international law such as GDPR and other legal standards. Since the author is a humble blogger and not a legal expert, he is hoping this notice is sufficient.

A copy of the privacy policy for this app is located at:

https://cookie-consent.app.cloudstinger.com/privacy-policy/

Amazon Associates Program

As an Amazon Associate, this website author earns a small percentage from qualifying purchases. You may notice that product links are shared throughout this website for various electronics or other items such as books. Many of these products are similar to items the website author has personally used in his own home network. Any purchases that you make within 24 hours after clicking one of the affiliate links will give the website author a very small percentage.

Like other monetization offers enabled on this website, the proceeds will help pay for any web hosting or other service fees including the domain name registration. Hardware or software purchases which may be made with any extra revenue will help generate more content for this website. Therefore, your support of this website may provide additional value to you!

The Amazon Associate Program privacy policy is located at:

https://affiliate-program.amazon.com/help/operating/agreement