What Are Cookies

Cookies are small pieces of data stored on a site visitor’s browser. They are typically used to keep track of the settings users have selected and actions they have taken on a Site.

 

Types of Cookies

Cookies can be classified according to their type, duration and category

Type:

  • First-party cookies: Cookies that are placed on our Site by our Site provider

  • Third-party cookies: Cookies that are placed and used by third parties

 

Duration:

  • Session (transient) cookies: These cookies are erased when site visitors close their browsers and are not used to collect information from their computers. They typically store information in the form of a session identification that does not personally identify the user.

 

  • Persistent (permanent or stored) cookies: These cookies are stored on a site visitors hard drive until they expire (at a set expiration date) or until they are deleted. These cookies are used to collect identifying information about the user, such as web surfing behaviour or user preferences for a specific site.

 

Category:

  • Strictly necessary cookies: These are the cookies that let site visitors browse our Site. They are necessary for security reasons.

 

  • Functional cookies: These cookies “remember” registered visitors/customers in order to improve user experience.

 

 

How We Use Cookies

We use cookies for a variety of reasons including:

  • To provide a great experience for our Site visitors

  • To identify our registered members and registered Site users

  • To monitor and analyze the performance, operation and effectiveness of our Site platform.

  • To ensure our platform remains secure and safe to use

Unfortunately in most cases there are no industry standard options for disabling cookies without completely disabling the functionality and features they add to this site. It is recommended that you leave on all cookies if you are not sure whether you need them or not in case they are used to provide a service that you use.

 

Disabling Cookies

You can prevent the setting of cookies by adjusting the settings on your browser (see your browser Help for how to do this). Be aware that disabling cookies will affect the functionality of this and many other websites that you visit. Disabling cookies will usually result in also disabling certain functionality and features of this site. Therefore it is recommended that you do not disable cookies.

 

Useful links to managing your cookies:

Below is a listing of useful links that explain how to access cookie settings in various browsers:

 

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, visit this link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.

 

 

The Cookies We Set

 

Account related cookies

If you create an account with us then we will use cookies for the management of the signup process and general administration. These cookies will usually be deleted when you log out however in some cases they may remain afterwards to remember your site preferences when logged out.

 

Login related cookies

We use cookies when you are logged in so that we can remember this fact. This prevents you from having to log in every single time you visit a new page. These cookies are typically removed or cleared when you log out to ensure that you can only access restricted features and areas when logged in.

 

Email newsletters related cookies

This site offers newsletter or email subscription services and cookies may be used to remember if you are already registered and whether to show certain notifications which might only be valid to subscribed/unsubscribed users.

 

Surveys related cookies

From time to time we offer user surveys and questionnaires to provide you with interesting insights, helpful tools, or to understand our user base more accurately. These surveys may use cookies to remember who has already taken part in a survey or to provide you with accurate results after you change pages.

 

Forms related cookies

When you submit data to through a form such as those found on contact pages or comment forms cookies may be set to remember your user details for future correspondence.

 

Third Party Cookies

In some special cases we also use cookies provided by trusted third parties. 

Our third party cookies relate to our web host providing us with page analytics.

These cookies may track things such as how long you spend on the site and the pages that you visit so we can continue to produce engaging content.

 

We also use social media buttons and/or plugins on this site that allow you to connect with your social network in various ways. For these to work the following social media sites including Facebook, will set cookies through our site which may be used to enhance your profile on their site or contribute to the data they hold for various purposes outlined in their respective privacy policies.

 

Details of our Cookies

More Information

Hopefully that has clarified things for you and as was previously mentioned if there is something that you aren't sure whether you need or not it's usually safer to leave cookies enabled in case it does interact with one of the features you use on our site. 

If you would like to learn more about Cookies you can visit external site All About Cookies.

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