What are cookies?
There are a few different types of cookies:
Persistent cookies are used to retain user preferences, relating to a particular website you visit. This can be things like whether you want to be logged in automatically when you visit the website, or whether you’ve already been asked to take part in a survey for example. Persistent cookies exist on your machine for a pre-set length of time.
Session cookies are used to retain information during a particular time you’ve used a website; this can be things like storing the contents of your shopping basket on an e-commerce site. They are deleted as soon as you close your browser.
Third-party cookies are used by advertisers and social networks to learn about your browsing habits to help deliver relevant advertising and content to you. This, for example means you could be more likely to see adverts for shops you already shop at.
What cookies do we use on our site?
On our Website we use Persistent and Session cookies. Due to the social media buttons you’ll find on our articles and the advertising we use to support the site, you may also receive
Third-party cookies while using the Website.
You may refuse to accept cookies by unchecking the tick box.
Our Website does not store any personal identifiable or sensitive information in its cookie such as names, addresses, email addresses or telephone numbers.
Below are all the cookies used on our website.
personalisationGroupsNumberOfVisits: 2 month period cookie so we can personalize content based on unique sessions.
Personalisation Groups Number Of VisitSessionStarted: Counter of pages tracked per session.
PersonalisationGroupsPagesViewed: The Id of pages tracked across all visits in a 2 month period.
hide_cookie_bar: Hides the cookies bar upon landing. 1 day cookie.
_gid: Google Analytics Cookie used to distintiguish users and sessions (no personally identifiable data is collected).
_ga: Used to identify domain and Google Analytics ‘UA’ number
_gat_UA-103150589-1: Global Google Analytics Object which is used to create and retrieve tracker objects, from which all other methods are invoked.
_hjIncludeInSample: HotJar website heatmap and session recording cookie.
_atuvs: This cookie is associated with the AddThis social sharing widget which is commonly embedded in websites to enable visitors to share content with a range of networking and sharing platforms. This is believed to be a new cookie from AddThis which is not yet documented, but has been categorised on the assumption it serves a similar purpose to other cookies set by the service.
Third party cookies
Some third party cookies may be set on your computer by social media websites and advertising networks. These are used to better understand your interests so that they can market more relevant content to you at another time, in much the same way a supermarket loyalty card analyses your shopping bill and will market relevant discount offers to you based on the products you bought. This is called Behavioural Advertising.
Changing privacy and cookies in your browser
How do I change the privacy setting of my browser?
– Choose “Tools” and then “Internet Options”
– Click the “Privacy” tab
– Move the slider to choose your preferred settings
For more specialised cookie settings click on “Advanced”, check the “Override cookie handling” button and modify the settings to suit your requirements.
– Click on the “Tools” menu and select “Options”
– Click the “Under the Bonnet” tab and locate the “Privacy” section, and choose the “Content settings” button
– Click the “Cookie settings” tab and choose your preferred settings
Google Chrome allows all cookies by default, but you can restrict the behaviour of first-party and third-party cookies or even block them completely.
Click on the Close button when you’ve finished.
– Click on “Tools”, then “Options” (or “Edit” | “Preferences” on Linux)
– Select “Privacy”
– Select “Cookies”
Choose your preferred settings (You can configure which sites are allowed to set cookies, how long to keep them for, and view and manage your existing cookies.).
– from the “Home” screen choose “Settings” then “Safari”
– To set whether Safari accepts cookies, select “Accept Cookies” and choose “Never”, “From visited”, or “Always”
– Go to “Tools” in the main menu
– Go to “Preferences” at the bottom of the “File” menu (or press Alt+P to access them directly)
– Click “Privacy” and select one of the available options
In addition to choosing different settings for first-party (“normal”) and third-party cookies, you may edit cookie settings on a domain/server basis or even edit individual cookies by clicking the “Manage cookies” button