1. HTTPS Always
  2. Analytics
    2.1 No Cookies
  3. Terms of Service

Personally, I have taken a number of steps to try and maintain my own privacy where possible. So I think I would be remiss if I didn’t try and do the same for those who decide they want to come and read the content that I put out on this site.

Plus, it’s actually the law within the EU.

With all of the above in mind, I want to do what I can to maintain the privacy of visitors to this site wherever possible. So what do I do to help ensure your privacy is maintained?

1. HTTPS Always

This site uses HTTPS everywhere. If you try and access this site using HTTP, you will be redirected to HTTPS.

So what? you might say. HTTPS is important, as it ensures your connection to my server is always encrypted (among other things). So any spying eyes won’t be able to see what you’re doing whilst on here.

Not a huge issue for most people, as this is just a blog that contains public information – you don’t have login credentials etc. But you may not want your Apple loving friends to know that you secretly love Linux!

2. My Analytics Respect Your Privacy

I use anonymised server logs and AWStats to get an idea of how many visits this website is getting, and what pages are popular. I do not use any additional JavaScript tracking or cookies. AWStats takes a daily snapshot of the visitor logs and replaces the last octet from all IP addresses with a zero:

Raw server logs that contain full IP addresses are rotated every 7 days.

2.1 No Cookies

If you view the source for this website, you will see that no tracking Javascript exists in my code. So no tracking cookies will be dropped on to your machine from this website, which means there is no unique ID that I can use to identify and track you.

You can also use an online tool like Cookie Metrix to see what cookies are stored on your machine when you visit my site. Spoiler – there are no cookies! 🙂

3. Terms of Service

You do not have to agree to any terms of service in order to access, view, read, or copy any of the data on this website.

All public content on this site is published under the Creative Commons Share Alike 4.0 License unless otherwise stated. More information is available on the Licensing Information page.

Friends don’t spy; true friendship is about privacy, too.

— Stephen King