OS Templates Cookies Policy
What Are Cookies
Cookies are small text files that are created and stored on a user's browsing device. They contain a small amount of data specific to a particular device / user and website. They can be accessed / viewed by the web server or the users device.
Types of cookies:
- Session cookies - stored for temporary use only during a browser session, they are deleted once the browser has been closed.
- Persistent cookies - stored on the device for a set period of time, deleted once the time period has been reached
- First party cookies - set by the website being visited and can only be read by said website
- Third party cookies - set by external websites / sources
Cookies Used in Our Website
Cookies used in our website are declared as First-party & session cookies, as well as Third -paty cookies, which in turn may use persistent cookies for their services to work properly.
As of writing this policy, third party services used in our site consist of:
OS Templates does not have access to and as such can not control cookies set by third parties / external sources.
Like millions of other websites, OS Templates makes use of a variety of services provided by Google. In particular OS Templates uses Google Analytics, which enables us to review / analyse end-user use of our website.
For those who are new to Google Analytics, the service is used to generate statistical, geographical and other information about website use such as browser type, device used etc. The information collected by the cookies contain no personal information, but they will store your IP address to allow geographical diagnostics.
Please click this link if you would like to know exactly which cookies are set by Google Analytics and what they are for.
OS Templates also uses Google Adsense, primarily found within live demos. The ads that appear are fully controlled by Google, OS Templates has no control over the displayed ads whatsoever.
To restrict the data used / collected by Google Adsense we use Googles own "Non-personalised ads", for detailed information please view the support post on Google.
Google set cookies (DoubleClick cookies) to track your interest behaviour across the web, when viewing various websites of interest to you. You can control the ads that are delivered to you from Google by using the Ads settings tool.
Google has developed a "Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on" which enables you, the user, to stop Google from using the data their analytics cookies have collected. You can download the add-on here.
Using the add-on does not affect the use of our website in any form, it simply prevents Google from using the collated data.
You can also opt-out by clicking this link, what happens here is Google Analytics sets a cookie to stop tracking, with immediate effect. There is one caveat using this option, the cookie is device dependant and as such, the opt-out must be completed on all devices you use to view our website.
You can opt-out of the Adsense interest based ads via "ads settings" but you will continue to see ads, they will not specifically be based on visited sites or interest. For more information take a look here.
Disable Cookies in Your Browser
If you don't want cookies to be stored on your "internet ready device" (PC, MAC, SmartPhone, Laptop etc.) you can prevent sites from doing so, by changing the settings in your devices browser.
Listed below are links to the individual guides that should help you change the privacy settings for the most common browsers used at the time of writing this policy:
- FireFox - Block websites from storing site preferences or login status in Firefox
- Internet Explorer - Block, enable, or allow cookies
- Opera - Cookies
- Safari - Safari 6/7 (Mavericks): Manage cookies and other website data
- Google Chrome - Manage your cookies and site data
Please be aware that settings your browser to not accept cookies may cause dysfunctionality when viewing our website.
If you are in need of more information or have any questions reference our "Cookies Policy" that have not been answered here, please feel free to contact us via our contact form.