Cookie Policy

TL;DR – I use anonymized Google Analytics to be able to design this website better and the only other cookies I found on my website are those related to the embedded YouTube videos (with privacy-enhanced mode) I have in my posts.

Cookies that run on this website

The following is a manually edited table of cookies I found running on my website using the Chrome Developer Tools and Cookie Law Info plugin for WordPress. I’ve used the No-cookie feature for embedding YouTube videos, but apparently sometimes two cookies are still showing up even if you don’t click on it.

Cookie Type Duration Description
_ga Google Analytics 2 years Used to distinguish users. (link)
_gat Google Analytics 10 minutes Used to throttle request rate. (link)
NID YouTube 6 months (link)
PHPSESSID Session Identifier for your current session. (link)
PREF YouTube 2 years (link)
viewed_cookie_policy Preference 1 year Remembers that you accepted the cookie policy of this website.
wfvt_* WordFence 30 minutes Enable the WordFence security plugin for WordPress work correctly.
wordfence_verifiedHuman WordFence 24 hours Enable the WordFence security plugin for WordPress work correctly.

Here you can have a look at an automated cookie policy generated out of a questionnaire I took after using the Cookie Audit Tool for Chrome by Attacat. This extension lets you browse your website and points out the cookies that your website is using, giving you a report (also printable) afterwards.

It may not be the best solution, as they also say, but this is the best I can do with my knowledge and skills.

Cookie Policy

May 30, 2015

Cookies and how they Benefit You

Our website uses cookies, as almost all websites do, to help provide you with the best experience we can. Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer or mobile phone when you browse websites Our cookies help us:

  • Make our website work as you’d expect
  • Remember your settings during and between visits
  • Improve the speed/security of the site
  • Continuously improve our website for you
  • Make our marketing more efficient (ultimately helping us to offer the service we do at the price we do)

We 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 we use below

Granting us permission to use cookies

If the settings on your software that you are using to view this website (your browser) are adjusted to accept cookies we take this, and your continued use of our website, to mean that you are fine with this. Should you wish to remove or not use cookies from our site you can learn how to do this below, however doing so will likely mean that our site will not work as you would expect.

More about our Cookies

Website Function Cookies

Our own cookies

We use cookies to make our website work including:

  • Remembering if you have accepted our terms and conditions

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

Third party functions

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

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

Anonymous Visitor Statistics Cookies

We use cookies to compile visitor statistics such as how many people have visited our website, 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 us to continuously improve our website. These so called “analytics” programs also tell us if , on an anonymous basis, how people reached this site (e.g. from a search engine) and whether they have been here before helping us to put more money into developing our services for you instead of marketing spend. We use: Google Analytics.

Turning Cookies Off

You can usually switch cookies off by adjusting your browser settings to stop it from accepting cookies (Learn how here). Doing so however will likely limit the functionality of our’s and a large proportion of the world’s websites as cookies are a standard part of most modern websites It may be that you concerns around cookies relate to so called “spyware”. 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. Learn more about managing cookies with antispyware software. The cookie information text on this site was derived from content provided by Attacat Internet Marketing http://www.attacat.co.uk/, a marketing agency based in Edinburgh. If you need similar information for your own website you can use their free cookie audit tool.

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Here, instead, I personally try to describe everything I think you should know about this website and about what I do to avoid it being harmful to you in any possible way.

Informal Cookie Policy

May 30, 2015

This website exists for the main purpose of showcasing what I do, what I want to do or would like to do in Games Development. I’m currently using this website as a place to publish my own Game Design studies. Take the Unpoint/Unclick feature as an example.

This website may also feature some of my personal feelings and thoughts about something unrelated to games development, such as music or anything else that comes to my mind.

Currently though, it mainly hosts information about most of the stuff I released online, most (if not all) of which is free, and accessible through links to the websites on which these things are hosted as downloads.

At the moment, I don’t know when and if I’ll use this website to sell products.

If it happens I’ll update this page accordingly.

What I use on this website

I’ve done my best to make this website as cookie-free as possible. The only cookie thingies I know that are working on my website currently are those required for Google Analytics to work and those that come with YouTube embedded videos you may find in my posts.

Google Analytics

To the best of my knowledge I’ve made any effort to make the data collected by Analytics anonymized:

  • I’m using Yoast’s Google Analytics plugin for WordPress and checked the box where it says “Anonymize IPs”
  • I’ve double checked the source code in my website’s pages and it does feature the __gaTracker(‘set’, ‘anonymizeIp’, true) line.

So what do I use Google Analytics for? Basically I think it helps me delivering a better structured website.

I’ll try to describe a simple example of what I mean.

As of May 2015, I’ve discovered that, since my Blog button in the main menu of the website is linked to the Blog category page, many visitors just stand there, because the blog posts are shown in their entirety rather than in short summaries.

This means that content gets mixed up and, also, leaves me unable to understand if the single blog posts are engaging and easy to read. In other words: to cope with this issue, I have to create a better designed page to host my blog posts.

Embedded YouTube Videos

In my posts it happens that I may embed some YouTube videos, take a look at this post as an example.

I’ve recently discovered that YouTube allows you to select a “privacy-enhanced mode” which ideally doesn’t use cookies, therefore I’ve updated the embed code on my posts to feature this privacy-enhanced mode.

WordPress Plugins

This blog uses WordPress as a Content Management System and, therefore, I’ve installed few plugins, both for security and content optimization purposes, which, to the best of my knowledge don’t cause any cookie-related issue. The most relevant of them to the visitors:

  • Cookie Law Info – The little disclaimer you see at the bottom of the screen that informs you that this website uses cookies. I’m no PHP expert, therefore I use this plugin to create a small disclaimer for me. This should just remember that you have accepted this website cookie policy (to avoid bugging you all the time) and nothing else.
  • Google Analytics by Yoast – please check above to see what I use it for.
  • WordPress SEO by Yoast – I use this plugin to help myself in delivering better written content to anyone who’s interested in what I do or I write. To my knowledge this plugin doesn’t track users in any way.