Cookie Policy and Notice

Last Updated: July 17, 2019

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To us, “Cookie Policy” is the framework that defines and guides all our activity involving cookies. “Notice” is that part of the framework that publishes specific calls to action, based on our current implementation, current web hosting service, etc. Our website is simple and robust, and so is our policy.

About Cookies in General

Cookies are small text files placed by websites on their users’ computers. These are not executable and so cannot serve as malware, worms, or viruses. Cookies come in many flavours:

(1) Usually, cookies are designed to do nice usability enhancements like: allowing the website to recognise its users on subsequent visits, helping users retain shopping carts when they come back later, render appropriately for mobile devices as opposed to PCs, help time out certain sessions for security, remember the default language to use, etc. These cookies are normally set by the company that serves you the website. These are “first party” cookies.

(2) Sometimes, websites might allow cookies of domains other than the one the user is currently browsing. Browsers usually detect and block such cookies.

(3) There is a type of third-party cookies that help display online ads that are relevant to the users’ interest. Some of these cookies collect data anonymously and some don’t. The anonymous help detect browsing patterns and approximate geographical location to improve user experience or serve targeted ads. For instance, let’s assume that you searched for a “toaster” on your favourite webshop and then moved on to your favourite news site. If the webshop and the news site use the same ad service and/or analytics service, you may see a banner ad with a toaster on the news site. Cookies are designed to be set, read, and managed by the same domain. But as ad cookies work by an ad service’s widget being used by multiple domains, these cookies can be read by all domains that share the same ad service.

(4) Some websites use images called ‘web beacons’ or ‘clear gifs’, which collect limited information such as a cookie number, a timestamp, and a record of the page on which they are placed. These beacons do not carry any personally identifiable information and are normally used to track the effectiveness of a given ad campaign, by counting the number of unique visitors. Third party web beacons may also be hosted by websites.

From the preceding discussion, it is clear that information collected by cookies and web beacons is not personally identifiable in almost all cases. But being followed by ads and campaigns as in 3 and 4 above are off-putting to some users. Hence, cookie management is a topic of importance.

Any of the above types of cookies may be session cookies or persistent cookies. Session cookies are those that determine (for instance) whether you are browsing from a mobile device or not (to render pages for that screen size), or to set your current language of browsing, etc. Also included are authentication cookies, and other security or configuration-related cookies. These cookies will be automatically destroyed when you close the browser. Persistent cookies stay on to help you pick up where you left off during your last visit. Additionally, type (1) above are also called “strictly necessary cookies”, without which the site will not function properly.

Our Policy

First Party

(5) Viswambara Software Systems does not set any cookies of its own on your computer. We utilize the products and services of Microsoft, Google, and WordPress (with ThemeFusion’s Avada) to bring you this website, the cookies for which are clearly enumerated in the Notice section of this document.

(6) We do not carry any advertisement widgets or web beacons to serve, target, or track ads or campaigns.

(7) We keep Web Logs switched off at Microsoft Azure App Services and hence do not persist your IP address in server logs or in any other form.

(8) We turn ON by default, all cookies that do not carry any personally identifiable information. We turn OFF by default any cookie that is non-essential for the functioning of this website but carries personally identifiable information. The full list of cookies is available in the Notice section.

Web Host and Third Party

(9) There are no third-party cookies on this website. The services described in (5) above are used as an intrinsic part of the website and are hence set as First Party cookies only.

Social Media Cookies

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Links to our social media pages and our contact email address

A különböző közösségi oldalakon és egyéb alkalmazásokban történő megosztáshoz használt ikonok

Links for sharing articles via social media sites and apps

(10) These social media icons atop and at the bottom of our website and below our articles merely provide links to our pages on those websites.

(11) There are no cookies or integrations to social media sites as on the date of publishing this policy, nor is any planned for the near future.

Notice

List of Cookies

Cookie Publisher Cookie
Type
Personal
Information
Description Expiry
ARRAfinity Microsoft
Azure
Strictly
necessary
None A 64-character server identifier, to indicate which web server instance to send page requests to, as the website may be served by more than one server to load-balance traffic. When the browsing session ends
_ga Google
Analytics
Functional,
used by analytics
None Google Analytics version number.

See Google Analytics Note below.

2 years
_gid Google
Analytics
Analytics None GA version number and randomized ID called “Client ID” to indicate a unique visitor to the site. We do not collect or send “User ID”, which is personally identifiable information.

See Google Analytics Note below.

24 hours
_gat_gtag Google
Analytics
Functional,
used by analytics
None Used to throttle too many requests from being issued within a short time.

See Google Analytics Note below.

1 minute
privacy_embeds WordPress/
Avada
Strictly
necessary
None Holds consent value, when Google Maps or YouTube embedding is enabled. 12 months

Google Analytics Note

Google Analytics tracking – anonymous data to track website usage like most-used pages and number of unique visitors per day. A randomly-generated string called “Client ID” is used to know that a given browser session is a unique user session.

Your Cookie Control Options

All of the companies and software-tool providers discussed above that make this website possible are highly reputed and dependable companies. We still believe in empowering our users to make their own choices. That is the essence of this document.

To customize your cookie options, click in the box of each cookie category to tick or untick it. When you finished customizing your cookie settings, don’t forget to click on the “Update” button. You can change your settings any time.

Wish you a happy and peaceful browsing!

Additional Reading
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