28 October 2020

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Privacy Policy

Your privacy is important to us. It is Discover Tech’s policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect from you across our website and other sites we own and operate.

At https://www.discover-tech.tk, we only ask for personal information when we truly need it to provide a service to you. This information is collected by fair and lawful means, with your knowledge and consent. Furthermore, we will also let you know why we’re collecting it and how it will be used.

We only retain collected information for as long as necessary to provide you with your requested service. What data we store, we’ll protect within acceptable means to prevent loss and theft, as well as unauthorised access, disclosure, copying, use or modification.

We don’t share any personally identifying information publicly or with third-parties, except when required to by law.

Our website may link to external sites that are not operated by us. Please be aware that we have no control over the content and practices of these sites, and cannot accept responsibility or liability for their respective privacy policies.

You are free to refuse our request for your personal information, with the understanding that we may be unable to provide you with some of your desired services.

Your continued use of our website will be regarded as acceptance of our practices around privacy and personal information. If you have any questions about how we handle user data and personal information, feel free to contact us.

What data we collect and why we collect it

Comments

When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymised string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service Privacy Policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Media

If you upload media to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

When visitors use the contact forms found around this website, we may collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection. This information is then sent to the Discover Tech Admin email inbox. 

Cookies

If you leave a comment on our site you may opt in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Cookies may also be used for displaying popup messages. The primary function is to prevent your users from being annoyed by seeing the same popup repeatedly. This may result in cookies being saved for an extended period of time. These are non-tracking cookies used only by our popups.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Analytics

We collect some anonymous data for analytic purposes. Data may include the visitor’s location, device information, when users visit and how long they visit for. We use Google Analytics to collect this data, for more information, visit Google’s Privacy Policy.

We also use Google’s ReCaptcha v3 to detect for unusual or abusive traffic to this website without any user friction such as “I am not a robot” forms. This is a measure that we have taken to prevent abuse on this website. For more information please visit Google’s Privacy Policy.

Security logs

The IP address of visitors, user ID of logged in users, and username of login attempts are conditionally logged to check for malicious activity and to protect the site from specific kinds of attacks. Examples of conditions when logging occurs include login attempts, log out requests, requests for suspicious URLs, changes to site content, and password updates. This information may be retained for 60 days.

Who we share your data with

We do not share your data with anyone. Any stored data will only be saved to the Discover Tech servers and nowhere else.

This site is scanned for potential malware and vulnerabilities by Sucuri’s SiteCheck. We do not send personal information to Sucuri; however, Sucuri could find personal information posted which are displayed publicly (such as in comments) during their scan. For more details, please see Sucuri’s privacy policy.

How long we retain your data

Backups

Encrypted snapshots of the website will be saved. The length of retention may vary from less than one minute to indefinitely.

Cookies

Cookies that are used within this website may be saved for a variable length of time depending on the cookie type.

Comments

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

User data

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information. Passwords cannot be viewed by anyone, as all passwords are encrypted by the means of hashing. A lost password cannot be recovered, however, the account can be recovered by resetting the password through the lost password page.

Security logs

Security logs may be retained for 60 days.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes. For more information feel free to contact us.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service. 

This site is part of a network of sites that protect against distributed brute force attacks. To enable this protection, the IP address of visitors attempting to log into the site is shared with a service provided by ithemes.com. For privacy policy details, please see the iThemes Privacy Policy.

Backups

Backups will store a snapshot of the website, this means all data which are stored on our servers will be backed up and stored as an encrypted zip file.

This encrypted backup of the website is sent to a third-party destination. Backup zip files are encrypted and sent to Google Drive, For privacy policy details, please see Google Drive’s Privacy Policy.

The backup is encrypted to make sure data is protected. This means if the backup file does find its way into someone else’s possession, it cannot be viewed or used in any way, shape or form without a password to decrypt the backup file. 

Contacting Discover Tech

Visitors are able to contact us through email via the Contact Us page found on our website. Furthermore, visitors can also contact us through social media platforms.

Additional information

How we protect your data

Passwords

All passwords are hashed, making it near to impossible to decipher the passwords.

Backups

Backup zip files are stored with hashed file names to prevent filename guessing and directory browsing is disabled. Backups are encrypted meaning that nobody can decrypt it.

What security features we have in place

SSL/TLS Encryption

All requests are encrypted everywhere on Discover Tech, making it near to impossible to decipher if there has been an interception. We use the latest encryption standards (TLS 1.3) to make sure that Discover Tech is as safe as possible.

DDoS Protection

We have active DDoS protection which scans and blacklist suspicious visitors for a variable amount of time depending on the level of risk they pose.

Threat Blocking

We make sure that devices known as threats are completely blacklisted from Discover Tech. We use the information multiple databases to retrieve the IP addresses of these threats so we can block them completely.

File Change Detection

We monitor file changes at all times, this is to prevent any website core files from being removed, added or modified.

Brute Force Protection

We have a mechanism in place to prevent brute force attacks from taking place. If any suspicious visitor tries to execute a brute force attack, their IP address will be logged and blacklisted. We are also part of a network of sites that reports suspicious visitors, their IP addresses may also be blacklisted automatically.