Disclosure Policy

In 2009 the FTC published guidelines requiring bloggers who endorse products and/or services to disclose what sort of compensation they receive in exchange for doing so. That’s cool; honesty has been our policy at Of Zen and Computing since day one. Here is what you need to know:

Who we are

Of Zen and Computing is a technology website and blog. This site generates income from all of its content, including blog posts and other web pages.

Mediavine Programmatic Advertising (Ver 1.1)

The Website works with Mediavine to manage third-party interest-based advertising appearing on the Website. Mediavine serves content and advertisements when you visit the Website, which may use first and third-party cookies. A cookie is a small text file which is sent to your computer or mobile device (referred to in this policy as a “device”) by the web server so that a website can remember some information about your browsing activity on the Website.

First party cookies are created by the website that you are visiting. A third-party cookie is frequently used in behavioral advertising and analytics and is created by a domain other than the website you are visiting. Third-party cookies, tags, pixels, beacons and other similar technologies (collectively, “Tags”) may be placed on the Website to monitor interaction with advertising content and to target and optimize advertising. Each internet browser has functionality so that you can block both first and third-party cookies and clear your browser’s cache. The "help" feature of the menu bar on most browsers will tell you how to stop accepting new cookies, how to receive notification of new cookies, how to disable existing cookies and how to clear your browser’s cache. For more information about cookies and how to disable them, you can consult the information at All About Cookies.

Without cookies you may not be able to take full advantage of the Website content and features. Please note that rejecting cookies does not mean that you will no longer see ads when you visit our Site. In the event you opt-out, you will still see non-personalized advertisements on the Website.

The Website collects the following data using a cookie when serving personalized ads:

  • IP Address
  • Operating System type
  • Operating System version
  • Device Type
  • Language of the website
  • Web browser type
  • Email (in hashed form)

Mediavine Partners (companies listed below with whom Mediavine shares data) may also use this data to link to other end user information the partner has independently collected to deliver targeted advertisements. Mediavine Partners may also separately collect data about end users from other sources, such as advertising IDs or pixels, and link that data to data collected from Mediavine publishers in order to provide interest-based advertising across your online experience, including devices, browsers and apps. This data includes usage data, cookie information, device information, information about interactions between users and advertisements and websites, geolocation data, traffic data, and information about a visitor’s referral source to a particular website. Mediavine Partners may also create unique IDs to create audience segments, which are used to provide targeted advertising.

If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices to opt-in or opt-out of this data collection, please visit National Advertising Initiative opt out page. You may also visit Digital Advertising Alliance website and Network Advertising Initiative website to learn more information about interest-based advertising. You may download the AppChoices app at Digital Advertising Alliance’s AppChoices app to opt out in connection with mobile apps, or use the platform controls on your mobile device to opt out.

For specific information about Mediavine Partners, the data each collects and their data collection and privacy policies, please visit Mediavine Partners.

How we make money

This site accepts paid advertisements, marked as such, which are displayed in conjunction with blog posts, articles and other content.

This site is an Amazon affiliate. We earn a commission from any purchases you make as a result of clicking our links to Amazon.com (even if you don’t purchase the specific product to which we linked).

Are we compensated for what we write?

From time to time, this site receives free products or services from companies in exchange for writing posts. When this is the case, we’ll tell you.

From time to time, this site publishes reviews of products or services the author has independently purchased and evaluated.

Does this affect what we write?

Compensation received may influence the advertising content and topics covered, but does not influence the content of the posts on this site nor its opinions. This site will not publish a positive review of a product or service in exchange for compensation.

This site does not currently participate in pay-for-post programs. If a paid post is ever published on this site, it will be clearly marked as such.

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