Cookies and Use

Cookies

A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor's computer, and that the visitor's browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. TwizBiz uses cookies to help TwizBiz identify and track visitors, their usage of the TwizBiz website, and their website access preferences. TwizBiz visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using TwizBiz's sites, with the drawback that certain features of TwizBiz's websites may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

TwizBiz may automatically collect information through “cookies,” which are text files placed on your device’s hard drive when you visit websites. Cookies may enhance your online experience by saving your preferences while you are visiting a particular site. We use cookies, for example, for authentication purposes, to measure session activity on the site, and to determine which areas and features of the site are the most popular. Most browsers will tell you how to stop accepting new cookies, how to be notified when you receive a new cookie, and how to disable existing cookies. Without cookies, however, you may not be able to take full advantage of all our site features. We treat information collected by cookies and other technologies as non-personal information. However, to the extent that Internet Protocol (IP) addresses or similar identifiers are considered personal data in some legal jurisdictions, we also treat these identifiers as personal information. Similarly, to the extent that non-personal information combined with personal information, we treat the combined information as personal information for the Privacy Policy.

Uses
If you leave a comment on our site, you may opt-in to saving your name, email address, and website, or other vital information; it will be in the form of a cookie.  The cookie will last for one year.

On some websites, a requirement is to log in.  TwizBiz will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and discarded when you close your browser. "Remember Me," your login will persist for two weeks. We have no control over your choices via your browser.

Your browser may add additional cookies if you edit or publish an article. This cookie includes no personal data and indicates the post ID of the article you just wrote. It expires after one day.

If you have an account and you log in, TwizBiz will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data, and it is not collected as data when you close your browser.

If you edit or publish an article on a Blog, an additional cookie is collected and saved for the archive ID of the post. This cookie includes no personal data and indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after one month.

How to Protect your Privacy
There is no way around accepting cookies. Cookies just hit your electronic device 15 times over before the last search for this website. TwizBiz has provided the following information for the benefit of clients and visitors to our sites.  There are a few things you can do to limit the amount of exposure you face when it comes to cookie-initiated invasion of privacy:

  • TwizBiz uses No invasive Cookies, only general information for the proper function of the Website.
  • Pay attention to your browser’s security and privacy settings. Open your browser’s settings menu and look for the security or privacy settings. Set the cookie policies to be as stringent as you deem necessary without making it unduly difficult to access website features.

  • Use Private or Incognito browsing mode. All modern browsers provide the option to browse the web using a clean cookie slate. When using this mode, the browser will not use any existing persistent cookies. When you close the browser, all cookies, even persistent ones, will be deleted. Just keep in mind that this means no saving passwords, and every site will think it’s the first time you ever visited it every time you visit it.

  • Opt-Out cookies are essential cookies used to avoid cookies. If accepting an opt-out cookie, blocking future cookies from being installed on your browser by a particular website server or advertiser. It essentially lets you declare that you do not wish to participate in targeted ad delivery, profiling, or otherwise have your web browsing tracked. An opt-out cookie will only block cookies from a particular server and is not a generic tool to block cookies from any site you visit. But how crazy is this? The GDPR Compliant requires such. But, a developer streaming multiple servers only has to have the first server in compliant.  

    However, you can manage cookies via your browser settings.

How to View and Delete the Cookies Stored by Your Browser

Every major browser makes it pretty easy to view and delete the cookies stored by it. However, the process varies from one browser to the next.

In general, you will want to open the browser settings and look for the privacy or security section. Next, look for an option that allows you to view the cookies stored by your browser. When viewing individual cookies, you choose any cookies you wish to remove from your browser. You should also find an option to delete all cookies if you want quickly.

If you get stuck, google “How to view cookies in XYZ” replacing “XYZ” with the name of your browser.

One particular type of cookie you may have trouble deleting is a zombie cookie. This type of cookie automatically recreates by a script stored outside of the browser memory every time you remove it. The result? You can’t simply delete the cookie and have it stay gone for good.

This strange behavior might make you think that all zombie cookies are malicious, but that isn’t the case. Some zombie cookies have legitimate uses. However, their response has caused them universally derided by both security experts and privacy advocates.

To delete these types of cookies takes a little more perseverance, and typically involves the exercise of your googling skills to figure out how others have dealt with the same undeletable cookie.

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