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.
We use the following cookies:
- 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, use a shopping cart or make use of e-billing services.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them is below:
- Cookie- _ga. Duration- 2 years. Purpose- This cookie is used to distinguish unique users by assigning a randomly generated number as a client identifier. It is included in each page request in a site and used to calculate visitor, session and campaign data for the sites analytics reports
- Cookie- gclau. Duration- 90 days. Purpose- Used by Google AdSense for experimenting with advertisement efficiency across websites using their services.
- Cookie- _gid. Duration- 24hrs.Purpose- It stores and update a unique value for each page visited.
- Cookie- __hstc. Duration- 2 years. Purpose- The main cookie for tracking visitors. It contains the domain, utk (see below), initial timestamp (first visit), last timestamp (last visit), current timestamp (this visit), and session number (increments for each subsequent session).
- Cookie- __hssrc. Duration- . Purpose- Whenever HubSpot changes the session cookie, this cookie is also set. We set it to 1 and use it to determine if the visitor has restarted their browser. If this cookie does not exist when we manage cookies, we assume it is a new session.
- Cookie- hubspotutk. Duration- 2 years. Purpose- This cookie name is associated with websites built on the HubSpot platform. HubSpot report that its purpose is user authentication. As a persistent rather than a session cookie it cannot be classified as Strictly Necessary.
- Cookie- _hjIncludedInSample. Duration- 2 years. Purpose- This session cookie is set to let Hotjar know whether that visitor is included in the sample which is used to generate funnels.
- Cookie- _gat. Duration- 10mins. Purpose- This cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics, according to documentation it is used to throttle the request rate – limiting the collection of data on high traffic sites. It expires after 10 minutes.
- Cookie- _hssc. Duration- 30mins. Purpose- This cookie keeps track of sessions. This is used to determine if we should increment the session number and timestamps in the __hstc cookie. It contains the domain, view count (increments each pageView in a session), and session start timestamp.
- Cookie- testcookie. Duration- 30mins. Purpose- This cookie is set by DoubleClick (which is owned by Google) to determine if the website visitor’s browser supports cookies.
- Cookie- vuid. Duration-2 years. Purpose- These cookies are used by the Vimeo video player on websites.
How to delete and block our cookies
For further information about deleting or blocking cookies, please visit: www.aboutcookies.org
Changing your cookies settings
Please note that internet browsers allow you to change your cookie settings. These settings are usually found in the ‘options’ or ‘preferences’ menu of your internet browser. In order to understand these settings, the following links may be helpful. Otherwise you should use the ‘Help’ option in your internet browser for more details.
- Cookie settings in Edge
- Cookie settings in Firefox
- Cookie settings in Chrome
- Cookie settings in Safari
More information about cookies
Useful information about cookies can be found at: http://www.allaboutcookies.org/
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