Similarly to the practices of other commercial websites, Ecigguide.com uses the standard technology called “cookies” (see below – what are cookies) and web server logs to gather information about how our website is being accessed. The information gathered though logs and cookies may include your IP address, the pages you viewed, the time and date of your visits, the total time spent on our website and the website visited prior and after landing on our page.
What Are Cookies?
A cookie is usually a very small text document that generally includes an anonymous personal identifier. When visiting a website like Ecigguide.com, it asks your computer for permission to store this cookie in a specific part of your hard drive. Each website can send its own cookie to your browser if your browser’s preferences allow it, but your browser only grants permission to a website to access the cookies it has already sent to you, not the cookies stored on your computer but sent by other third parties.
Each time you connect to the internet an IP address is assigned to your computer. Your IP address is a sequence of numbers used in order for all the other computers on the network to specifically identify your machine. These IP addresses are automatically collected by our web server in order for the data you request (when clicking a specific section of our website for instance) to be sent to you.
If you wish to write to us via e-mail, we may collect the content of your email messages together with your email address and our replies. We provide the same protections for these electronic communications that we use in the maintenance of information received online, by mail, fax and telephone.
How Do We Use the Information That You Provide to Us?
Broadly speaking, we only use personal information for business activities purposes, providing customer service and ensuring the necessary services for our customers and prospective customers. Ecigguide.com will not collect personally-identifying data during your visits, unless you choose to share such data with us, nor will the information ever be sold or shared with any unaffiliated third parties without the approval of the user at the time of collection. We may disclose information when legally constrained to do so, or, in good faith, to protect our legal rights.
A Special Note about Children
Children are not suitable to use our website and services and we ask that minors (under the age of 13) do not submit any personal information to us. If you are a minor, you can use this site only in conjunction with permission and guidance from your parents or guardians.
How Do We Protect Your Information and Secure Information Transmissions?
Broadly speaking, e-mail is not recognized as a safe means of communication. For this reason, we kindly request that you do not provide any sort of private or personal information to us via e-mail. Doing so is not forbidden, but at your own risk. Some of the information you may enter on our website may be transmitted securely via Secure Sockets Layer, or SSL. Information about credit card data is always encrypted and never sent by e-mail. Ecigguide.com may use software programs to create summary statistics, which are used for such purposes as assessing how many visitors click and read different sections of our website, what information is of most and least interest, determining technical design specifications, and identifying system performance or problematic areas. For security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all its users, Ecigguide.com uses software programs to observe and log network traffic in order to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage.