This page describes how we treat the information provided by visitors, what other information we gather and how we use it,  the purpose of cookies and how to prevent them.

If the settings on your software that you are using to view this website (your browser) are adjusted to accept cookies we take this, and your continued use of our website, to mean that you are fine with this. Should you wish to remove or not use cookies from our site (or any other) you can learn how to do this later below.

In common with almost all professionally run websites, does log the IP address of each visitor on the server in order to keep it running reliably. This is a common practise and also essential for protecting the website and its visitors from malicious attacks, including infection with malware. We choose to monitor website statistics such as unique pageviews and unique visits which may store non-identifiable cookies on your device that can be disabled. provides news and information as a service to vistors such as yourself. In providing a means for visitors to be able to comment, engage and communicate on the content at their own will, a commenting system from is in place at the end of each post. This service uses essential cookies as part of a logging in process to recognise you when you make a comment on this website and any other website that uses Disqus. With social network functions, the social networks you use will also store cookies to remember you and what content (if any) that you have shared.

How Cookies Are Used

We use cookies to make our website work and function including:

  • Determining if you are logged in or not
  • Remembering your search settings
  • Allowing you to add comments to our site
  • To display and/or enable thisisxbox to see most read content and top posts
  • To display advertisements that help fund this website
  • To count popular posts and pageviews

Third Party Functions

Our site, like most websites, includes functionality that can at times be provided by third parties. A common example is an embedded YouTube video and third party advertising content  to help fund this website. We use Technorati Media as our advertising partner.

Disabling these cookies will likely break the functions offered by these third parties, but on the advertisements you can click the AdChoices icon for more information and opt-out options. The icon is as shown below:


Social Website Cookies

So you can easily Like or share our content on both Facebook and Twitter – we have included sharing buttons on our site.

Cookies are set by:

The privacy implications on this will vary from social network to social network and will be dependent on the privacy settings you have chosen on these networks

The following cookies that are in use when using the services of are listed below:

  • DISQUS / Google = DisqusAuth / SessionID / UTMZ / UTMV / UTMC / UTMB / UTMA / _JID – Some or all set and used by on any page that includes a Disqus comment box so that it can keep you logged in to commenting services when you interact with it. Some of these can also be set by Google and Digg
  • TWITTER = Guest_ID – Set by Twitter for the browser to remember the guest id to display the latest news from our twitter account.
  • YOUTUBE = PREF / NID/ Use_Hitbox / Visitor_INFO1_Live – Set by Youtube (Google owned) to display embedded videos, estimate your bandwidth and show the views counter within the media.
  • FACEBOOK = Reg_FB_Ref / Reg_FB_Gate / Datr – Set by Facebook Buttons for authentication.
  • TECNORATIMEDIA = UTMZ / UTMA / UTMC / Tads_** – Set by Technorati Media and associated ads shown to display advertising content and count views.

Avoiding Web Cookies

Do Not Track is a technology and policy proposal that enables users to opt out of tracking by websites they do not visit, including analytics services, advertising networks, and social platforms. By default, respects users preference and will not track visitors which have specified “I do not want to be tracked” in their web browsers. For more information about DoNotTrack, check out

You can also stop all cookies from any website being used on your PC within your browser settings. Using the options within the top three browsers below will prevent them in future, but some websites will not function correctly without them.

Google Chrome: Click Wrench Icon on Toolbar

  • Select Settings and then Click Show advanced settings. In the “Privacy” section, click the Content settings button. In the “Cookies” section, you can change the cookie settings to block by default.

Internet Explorer:  Tools / Internet Options / Security

  • Set security level to “High”, or Custom level / Cookies / Disable

Mozilla Firefox: Tools / Options / Privacy / Cookies

  • Uncheck “Allow sites to set cookies”

Personal data

Any information that you submit to us through this website will only be used for the purposes we solicited it. For example, to respond to an enquiry, and will not be used for any other purpose without your consent. We will never pass it on to any third party without your consent, unless legally required to do so. When leaving a comment on pages of administrators and authors of this site will be able to view your email address which is hidden from public view.

Other Websites

The information on this page applies only to this website and not to other sites linked to from these pages.