Cookies

 

  1. Information about our use of cookies

1.1.           Our website uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and also allows us to improve our site.

1.2.           A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer if you agree. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer’s hard drive.

 

1.3.           We use the following cookies:

1.3.1.      Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website and enable basic functions like page navigation. The website cannot function properly without these cookies.

1.3.2.      Analytical/performance cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.

1.3.3.      Functionality cookies. These are used to recognise you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region). They enable the website to remember information that changes the way the website behaves or looks, like your preferred language or the region that you are in.

1.3.4.      Targeting cookies. These cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our website and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.

 

1.4.           You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below:

Cookie Name Purpose Expiry
Strictly necessary cookie

 

PHPSESSID

 

 

 

Preserves the user session state across page requests. After the session

 

 

Swpm_session

 

Used by the Simple Membership plugin to recognise the user for login etc.

 

After the session

 

Wordfence_verifiedHuman

 

Set by the Wordfence Security plugin to protect the site against malicious attacks

 

After the session

 

Analytical/ performance cookies

 

_ga

 

 

 

 

Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website After 2 years

 

 

 

 

 

 

_gat

 

Used by Google Analytics to throttle request rate After the session

 

_gid

 

Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website After the session

 

Functionality cookie

 

Wfvt_#

 

Remember the user’s data when a comment is submitted in a blog post. The purpose is to auto-populate form fields for subsequent comments in order to save time for the user.

 

After 2 years

 

Targeting cookie Collect

 

Used to send Google Analytics data bout the visitor’s device and behaviour. Tracks the visitor across devices and marketing channels.

 

After the session

 

PREF

 

Registers a unique ID that is used by YouTube to keep statistics on how the visitor uses YouTube videos across different websites.

 

After 8 months

 

VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE

 

Tries to estimate the user’s bandwith on pages with integrated YouTube videos.

 

After 179 days

 

YSC Registers a unique ID to keep statistics on what videos from YouTube a user has seen. After the session

1.5.           Please note that third parties (including, for example, advertising networks, search engines and providers of external services like web traffic analysis services) may also use cookies, over which we have no control. These cookies are likely to be analytical/performance cookies or targeting cookies. If you have any concerns about this you should ensure your browser settings are set to limit third party tracking. This is not something we control as it can happen before you visit our website.

1.6.           You block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our site.