What are cookies?
A cookie is a small text file that’s sent to your computer or mobile device so that Total Geeks can remember some information about your browsing activity. The cookie will collect information relating to your use of Total Geeks – information such as IP address and browser type, demographic data and whether or not you arrived at our site via a link from a third party.
If you are a registered user or subscriber it may also collect your name and email address, which may be used for user verification purposes.
Our cookies record information about your online preferences and help us to tailor the website just for you. Information gathered by cookies helps us to analyse your use of our sites and even helps us to provide you with a better experience.
What are the different types of cookies?
1. Essential Cookies
These cookies are essential for the running of Total Geeks. Without these cookies, certain parts of our website would not function. These cookies do not do not gather information about you that could be used for marketing purposes and do not track other sites you have visited.
2. Functional Cookies
These cookies are used to remember your Total Geeks preferences and to provide enhanced features. The information collected by these cookies is usually anonymous, which means we cannot identify you personally. Functional cookies do not track your internet usage or gather information which could be used for advertising.
3. Analytical Performance Cookies
These cookies are used to monitor the performance of our website. They allow us to determine the number of page views and the number of unique users as well as a host of other demographic tools. Web analytics services are typically designed and operated by third parties such as Google Analytics. The information gathered by these cookies allows us to analyse broad patterns of user behaviour in order for us to enhance the user experience or identify areas of the website which could be improved. The information is anonymous and is only used for analytical purposes
4. Behavioural Advertising Cookies
These cookies remember that you have visited a website and use that information to provide you with relevant advertising which is tailored to your interests. This is called online behavioural advertising (OBA) and essentially groups together shared interests based upon your web browsing history. Your browsing history can often be used to infer things about you (age, gender etc.) and this information may be used to make advertising on Total Geeks more relevant to you. Although these cookies can track your activity around the internet, they cannot identify you personally. For more information about OBA, including how to opt-out of these cookies, please visit www.youronlinechoices.com.
How does Total Geeks use these cookies?
Essential Cookies enable certain essential functions. This includes: identifying returning or logged in users and subscribers, allowing users to remain logged in when they return, use of site-wide comment systems, potential use of future shopping and online merchandise sections.
Analytical Performance Cookies allow us to measure user behaviour in order to optimise our website. By using the established service of Google Analytics, we are able to analyse statistics such as which pages are viewed most often and use this information to further enhance the user experience of our visitors. We also use Google Analytics to analyse site performance and to help us when selling advertising.
Other Third-Party Cookies may be used to provide multimedia content, such as embedded YouTube videos. Total Geeks does not control how these cookies are used but they are generally simple function cookies to allow the content to be embedded or reproduced. Please check individual third-party sites for information about how they use such cookies.
How can I opt out of using cookies?
Although Total Geeks takes every effort to ensure our cookies are not used in any malicious or harmful ways, there are some users who simply find the idea of storing and accessing information on their device to be intrusive. If you would prefer to opt out of using cookies, there are a number of ways you can do this.
Analytical Performance Cookies can be opted out by heading over to Google Analytics and choosing to opt out of the service.
Behavioural Advertising Cookies can be opted out by visiting Google AdSense and generating a one-time ‘no thanks’ cookie which will stop any further cookies being written to your device.
Obviously, Essential Cookies and Functional Cookies are integral to the working of the Total Geeks website. While most users are happy to proceed with such cookies, we regret that disabling these functions is not possible at this time.
Further Information and contact details
By e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Other general information about Data Protection issues can be found at the Information Commissioner’s website: www.ico.gov.uk/.
We hope you enjoy using Total Geeks and understand that we’re doing everything we can to ensure the privacy of your data, and to comply with UK Cookie regulations.