- 1. HTTPS Always
- 2. Analytics
- 3. Hosting Provider Logs
- Terms of Service
This is the Internet, and it is widely regarded as a privacy vortex of doom. You want to guarantee your privacy? Stay off the internet.
I disagree with the statement above entirely. Privacy is a right that we all deserve.
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 Matomo (formerly Piwik) to monitor the analytics on this website. However, I have taken steps where possible to maintain your privacy and not track you.
2.1 No cookies
If you view the source for this website and take a look at the Matomo code within the header, you will see the following line within:
This means that all cookies are disabled and therefore there is no unique ID that I can use to identify and therefore track you. If you want more information about Matomo’s disable cookie feature, take a look here.
You can also use an online tool like the Cookie Checker to see what cookies are stored on your machine when you visit my site.
2.2 Anonymous IP logging
When you visit this website Matomo will log your IP address. However, only the first two octets of your IP address are ever stored. So if you IP address is 184.108.40.206, I will only ever see 11.22.xxx.xxx within Matomo.
2.4 Delete old logs
All logs are purged from the Matomo database after 180 days (approximately 6 months).
3. My Hosting Provider Logs
The company I host this website with, 34SP, does store visitor IP addresses within the server’s access logs. They keep access logs for 28 days, after which time logs are deleted.
I have no access to the logs on my server, as this is a managed WordPress hosting service.
I have tried to do everything within my power to ensure my visitor’s privacy. Having said that, if you feel I can do more, please do let me know by getting in touch.
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.
Friends don’t spy; true friendship is about privacy, too.Stephen King