Cookies & Similar Technologies

We uses cookies (small text files placed on your device) and similar technologies to provide our websites and online services and to help collect data. The text in a cookie often consists of a string of numbers and letters that uniquely identifies your computer, but it can contain other information as well.  Our apps use additional identifiers, such as the advertising ID in Windows, for similar purposes, and many of our websites and applications also contain web beacons or other similar technologies, as described below.

Our Use of Cookies and Similar Technologies

We uses cookies and similar technologies for several purposes, depending on the product, including:

Storing your Preferences and Settings. Settings that enable our products to operate correctly or that maintain your preferences over time may be stored on your device. For example, if you enter your city or postal code to get local news or weather information on a AustinLaptop.Com website, we may store that data in a cookie so that you will see the relevant local information when you return to the site. We also save preferences, such as language, browser and multimedia player settings, so those do not have to be reset each time you return to the site. If you opt out of interest-based advertising, we store your opt-out preference in a cookie on your device.

Sign-in and Authentication. When you sign into a website using your personal account, we store a unique ID number, and the time you signed in, in an encrypted cookie on your device. This cookie allows you to move from page to page within the site without having to sign in again on each page. You can also save your sign-in information so you do not have to sign in each time you return to the site.

Security. We use cookies to detect fraud and abuse of our websites and services.

Storing Information you Provide to a Website. When you provide information, or add products to a shopping cart when shopping on AustinLaptop.Com websites, we store the data in a cookie to remember the products and information you have added.

Social Media. Some of our websites include social media cookies, including those that enable users who are logged in to the social media service to share content via that service.

Feedback. AustinLaptop.Com uses cookies to enable you to provide feedback on a website.

Interest-Based Advertising. Microsoft uses cookies to collect data about your online activity and identify your interests so that we can provide advertising that is most relevant to you. You can opt out of receiving interest-based advertising from AustinLaptop.Com as described in the Access and Control section of this privacy statement.

Showing Advertising. Microsoft uses cookies to record how many visitors have clicked on an advertisement and to record which advertisements you have seen so you don’t see the same one repeatedly.

Analytics. In order to provide our products, we use cookies and other identifiers to gather usage and performance data. For example, we use cookies to count the number of unique visitors to a web page or service and to develop other statistics about the operations of our products. This includes cookies from AustinLaptop.Com and from third-party analytics providers.

Performance. AustinLaptop.Com uses cookies for load balancing to ensure that websites remain up and running.

Some of the cookies we commonly use are listed below. This list is not exhaustive, but it is intended to illustrate the main reasons we typically set cookies. If you visit one of our websites, the site may set some or all of the following cookies:

MUID, MC1 and MSFPC - Identifies unique web browsers visiting AustinLaptop.Com sites. These cookies are used for advertising, site analytics and other operational purposes.

ANON - Contains the ANID, a unique identifier derived from your account, which is used for advertising, personalization, and operational purposes. It is also used to preserve your choice to opt out of interest-based advertising from AustinLaptop.Com if you have chosen to associate the opt-out with your account.

CC - Contains a country code as determined from your IP address.

PPAuth, MSPAuth, MSNRPSAuth, KievRPSAuth - Helps to authenticate you when you sign in with your account.

NAP - Contains an encrypted version of your country, postal code, age, gender, language and occupation, if known, based on your account profile.

MH - Appears on co-branded sites where AustinLaptop.Com is partnering with an advertiser. This cookie identifies the advertiser, so the right ad is selected.

MR - Used to collect information for analytics purposes.

TOptOut - Records your decision not to receive interest-based advertising delivered by AustinLaptop.Com.

In addition to the cookies AustinLaptop.Com sets when you visit our websites, third parties may also set cookies when you visit AustinLaptop.Com sites. In some cases, that is because we have hired the third party to provide services on our behalf, such as site analytics. In other cases, it is because our web pages contain content or ads from third parties, such as videos, news content or ads delivered by other ad networks. Because your browser connects to those third parties' web servers to retrieve that content, those third parties are able to set or read their own cookies on your device and may collect information about your online activities across websites or online services.

How to Control Cookies

Most web browsers automatically accept cookies but provide controls that allow you to block or delete them. For example, in Microsoft Edge, you can block or delete cookies by clicking Settings > Privacy > Cookies. Instructions for blocking or deleting cookies in other browsers may be available in each browser's privacy or help documentation.

Certain features of AustinLaptop.Com products depend on cookies. Please be aware that if you choose to block cookies, you may not be able to sign in or use those features, and preferences that are dependent on cookies may be lost. If you choose to delete cookies, settings and preferences controlled by those cookies, including advertising preferences, will be deleted and may need to be recreated.

Additional privacy controls that can impact cookies, including the Tracking Protection feature of Microsoft browsers, are described in the Access and Control section of this privacy statement.

Our Use of Web Beacons and Analytics Services

AustinLaptop.Com web pages may contain electronic images known as web beacons (also called single-pixel gifs) that we use to help deliver cookies on our websites, count users who have visited those websites and deliver co-branded products. We also include web beacons in our promotional email messages or newsletters to determine whether you open and act on them.

In addition to placing web beacons on our own websites, we sometimes work with other companies to place our web beacons on their websites or in their advertisements. This helps us develop statistics on how often clicking on an advertisement on a AustinLaptop.Com website results in a purchase or other action on the advertiser's website.

Finally, AustinLaptop.Com often contain web beacons or similar technologies from third-party analytics providers, which help us compile aggregated statistics about the effectiveness of our promotional campaigns or other operations. These technologies enable the analytics providers to set or read their own cookies or other identifiers on your device, through which they can collect information about your online activities across applications, websites or other products. However, we prohibit these analytics providers from using web beacons on our sites to collect or access information that directly identifies you (such as your name or email address). You can opt out of data collection or use by some of these analytics providers by clicking the following links:

Other Similar Technologies

In addition to standard cookies and web beacons, our products can also use other similar technologies to store and read data files on your computer. This is typically done to maintain your preferences or to improve speed and performance by storing certain files locally. But, like standard cookies, these technologies can also be used to store a unique identifier for your computer, which can then be used to track behavior. These technologies include Local Shared Objects (or "Flash cookies") and Silverlight Application Storage.

Local Shared Objects or "Flash cookies." Web sites that use Adobe Flash technologies can use Local Shared Objects or "Flash cookies" to store data on your computer. To manage or block Flash cookies, go towww.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/settings_manager.html.

Silverlight Application Storage. Web sites or applications that use Microsoft Silverlight technology also have the ability to store data by using Silverlight Application Storage. To learn how to manage or block such storage, see the Silverlight section of this statement.

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