As discussed in the “Frequently Asked Questions” post, one way I make a small amount of money from this blog each month is when someone clicks on one of the Adsense ads at my site. (In the two months since I began, I'm not quite to the $20 mark, pretty good for the approximately 40 hours a week I put into this, eh? NOT! I'm not sounding too bright now, am I? Good thing I enjoy writing about this topic!) Recently, Adsense began requiring a “privacy notice” to be posted at my site, so here it is (most of this was written by JenSense):
Google Adsense may use technology such as cookies when they advertise on my blog, which will also send these advertisers information including your IP address, your ISP, the browser you use, and in some cases, whether you have Flash installed. This is generally used for geotargeting purposes (showing New York real estate ads to someone in New York, for example) or showing certain ads based on specific sites visited (such as showing cooking ads to someone who frequents cooking sites).
(MY NOTE: This is common with most sites you visit, and even though it is annoying when you think about it, in a way it's nice, because the information they store also helps you to move around certain sites easier. However, if you see ads that you think don't fit with this site, keep in mind that Google shows you ads based on your previous search history.)
You can choose to disable or selectively turn off cookies or third-party cookies in your browser settings, or by managing preferences in programs such as Norton Internet Security. However, this can affect how you are able to interact with this site as well as other websites. This could include the inability to login to services or programs, such as logging into forums or accounts.
There you have it, some riveting reading for a Monday.