Our readers occasionally ask about the external scripts that we include in Naked Security’s pages.
We use them because they each do something that we think is valuable. Of course, you don’t have to agree that they are useful, and you can block the scripts and cookies that you don’t want.
Below we’ve tried to explain what services we’re running, why we use them and what they do for us. We’ve also provided information so that you can block scripts or cookies that you aren’t comfortable with.
Exactly which cookies you’ll get when you visit varies a lot, and the various permutations are too intricate to list in full. A lot depends on which social networking websites you use and which ones you are logged in to when you visit the site.
A quick primer: Cookies and Scripts
If you know what cookies and scripts are you can skip this bit.
A cookie is a small data file that a website can store on your computer and which your computer then shares with that website each time you view a page. Cookies can be useful for things like recording if a user has logged into a website or not. To find out more about cookies, visit www.allaboutcookies.org.
Scripts are small computer programs embedded within web pages that give those pages extra functionality.
Tools for managing your privacy
Your first line of defence is your web browser privacy settings. Different browsers have different features but most will allow private browsing and/or various degrees of control over which kind of cookies you will accept. For specific instructions about how to enable or disable cookies on your computer, please refer to the documentation for your browser software.
And finally, since we used it to create this page and dig out all the cookies that are exchanged on Naked Security, we should mention the Firecookie plugin which is a very useful tool for viewing and controlling cookies.
If you do not wish to allow cookies, please disable cookies before continuing to use the Naked Security pages. If you choose to disable cookies, some of the Naked Security pages may be functionally limited.
The Cookies and Scripts We Use
Naked Security / WordPress
Naked Security Cookies
We use these cookies to remember if you have told us you don’t want to be bothered with prompts to sign up for our newsletter or our various social media channels.
Naked Security is hosted on WordPress.com VIP so if you’re logged in to WordPress when you visit then you’ll get all of the WordPress cookies.
Quantcast is a marketing and advertising organisation and its tracking features are used, somewhat controversially, as part of the WordPress stats facility. Automattic (the folks behind WordPress.com) say it’s not used for ad tracking and they don’t sell user data.
We use Google Analytics to see how many people are visiting our site and what’s popular.
We have 2 Google Analytics profiles, and consequently two sets of cookies. One is for all of Sophos and one just Naked Security. We know we could have set that up better but we didn’t and now we’re basically stuck with it. Don’t ask.
We use Polldaddy for the “How likely are you to recommend Naked Security” widget at the bottom of each article, for the “Rate This” widget on each comment and for occasional polls.
We use SoundCloud for embedding podcasts into our articles. More information is available on their Cookies Policy page.
Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Reddit, LinkedIn and Pocket
We use embeddable social media buttons from Facebook, Twitter, Google, Reddit, LinkedIn and Pocket to make it easy for our readers to share our articles.
The information on this page has been compiled in January 2014, and to the best of our knowledge, it’s up to date and correct. If you think you have spotted an error on this page, or if you think we’ve missed something, please let us know.
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