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Most “terms of use” provide information in a way that actually discourages users from reading.

We tried to do something different: to honestly and as clearly as possible explain how our website works.

Browser cookies

Just like almost all other websites, we use cookies to store information on your computer. A cookie is a small data file that, if enabled, is written to your computer by the web browser such as Google Chrome, Firefox, or Safari.

Contrary to 90% of other websites, we have only two types of cookies.

Google Analytics cookies
These cookies let us learn which posts you are reading, which country you come from, as well as which device or browser you use. The Google Analytics privacy policy can be found here.

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Cookies for cookie message
This cookie is set to hide the cookie message box at the bottom of the page. After you accept the cookies on our website, the message box won’t be visible for you for the next 30 days.

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Cookies we use on Geek Updated

Popular cookies you won’t find on our website

  • Cookies from Google Ads and other ad networks – these cookies are used to track your web activity in order to display tailored ads. You will not find them on our website – because we don’t display ads at all.
  • Cookies from Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks – we stopped using social buttons, as they create distractions and could be a possible source of privacy issues.
  • Cookies from outbound-traffic monetization systems – we use affiliate marketing systems, but instead of choosing cookie-using scripts, we rely only on special links. Read more.
  • Cookies from commenting – comment platforms, such as Disqus or Facebook, use cookies to recognize you as a logged-in user, but also for analytics and monetization. This is why we have removed commenting.

How to manage browser cookies

Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually change your browser settings to:

  • Display a warning before accepting a cookie.
  • Choose to accept cookies only from certain websites.
  • Refuse all cookies.

How to disable cookies in your Chrome browser

  1. Go to Chrome’s Preferences, scroll down, and click “Advanced.”
  2. Find “Content Settings” section and click or tap it.
  3. Choose “Cookies” section.
  4. Uncheck “Allow sites to save and read cookie data” option.

Read more about cookies

Below, you’ll learn more about cookies and how to disable them in other browsers:

Our site is part of the Amazon and Skimlinks affiliate marketing programs, in which publishers earn small fees by recommending products from online stores.

When you click a link on our website leading to a product on Amazon, we have a chance to earn a small referral fee, usually between 1% and 4%. For instance, if you buy a Kindle case that costs $11.99, we will earn $0.48.

Affiliate marketing is used not only by hundreds of thousands of smaller websites but also by leading news sites such as Forbes or The New York Times.

How to recognize affiliate links

Each of our posts that include affiliate links is clearly marked by a disclosure right below the title: “If you buy an item via this post, we may get a small affiliate fee.”

We also earn referral fees from links placed in “Featured” boxes.

You can easily recognize affiliate links on our site:

  • Amazon – an affiliate link includes one of the following elements (usually at the end): ?tag=gkupd or &tag=gkupd. Links are directing to the main Amazon store at amazon.com.
  • Skimlinks – an affiliate link starts with go.redirectingat.com. We use Skimlinks to earn money from recommending products offered on Etsy, eBay, Best Buy, Redbubble, Society6, Uncommon Goods, or Not on the High Street.

Amazon, Kindle, Barnes & Noble, Nook, Kobo, Apple graphics, logos, and images are trademarks or trade dress of respective companies. All other trademarks that appear on this site are the property of their respective owners.

Updated on October 11, 2020

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