What is a Cookie?
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.
What type of cookies do we use?
The cookies we use are “analytical” cookies, which allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors, and to see how visitors navigate around the site when they use it. This helps us to improve the functionality of our site, for example by making sure that users can easily find what they are looking for. You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the list:
1) Cookie Title: ___utma
Expires After: 2 years from set/update.
Cookie Purpose: Google Analytics; this cookie is typically written to the browser upon the first visit to your site from that web browser. If the cookie has been deleted by the browser operator, and the browser subsequently visits your site, a new __utma cookie is written with a different unique ID. This cookie is used to determine unique visitors to your site and it is updated with each page view. Additionally, this cookie is provided with a unique ID that Google Analytics uses to ensure both the validity and accessibility of the cookie as an extra security measure.
2) Cookie Title:___utmb
Expires After: 30 minutes from set/update.
Cookie Purpose: Google Analytics; this cookie is used to establish and continue a user session with your site. When a user views a page on your site, the Google Analytics code attempts to update this cookie. If it does not find the cookie, a new one is written and a new session is established. Each time a user visits a different page on your site, this cookie is updated to expire in 30 minutes, thus continuing a single session for as long as user activity continues within 30-minute intervals. This cookie expires when a user pauses on a page on your site for longer than 30 minutes.
3) Cookie Title:___utmc
Expires After: When you quit your browser
Cookie Purpoes: Google Analytics; used in conjunction with the __utmb cookie to determine whether or not to establish a new session for the user.
4) Cookie Title:___utmz
Expires After: 6 months from set/update.
Cookie Purpose: Google Analytics; this cookie stores the type of referral used by the visitor to reach your site, whether via a direct method, a referring link, a website search, or a campaign such as an ad or an email link. It is used to calculate search engine traffic, ad campaigns and page navigation within your own site. The cookie is updated with each page view to your site.
Can I block cookies?