Cookies and how they Benefit You

Our website uses cookies, as almost all websites do, to help provide you with the best experience we can.

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer or mobile phone when you browse websites

Our cookies help us:

– Make our website work as you’d expect 

– Remember your settings during and between visits

– Improve the speed/security of the site

– Allow you to share pages with social networks

– Continuously improve our website for you

– Make our marketing more efficient (ultimately helping us to offer the service we do at the price we do)

We do not use cookies to:

– Collect any personally identifiable information (without your express permission) 

– Collect any sensitive information (without your express permission)

– Pass personally identifiable data to third parties

– Pay sales commissions

– You can learn more about all the cookies we use below

Granting us permission to use cookies

If the settings on your software that you are using to view this website (your browser) are adjusted to accept cookies we take this, and your continued use of our website, to mean that you are fine with this. Should you wish to remove or not use cookies from our site you can learn how to do this below, however doing so will likely mean that our site will not work as you would expect.

Our own cookies 

We use cookies to make our website work including:

– Remembering your search settings 

– Allowing you to add comments to our site

There is no way to prevent these cookies from being set other than to not use our site.

Social Website Cookies

So you can easily “Like” or share our content on social media platforms we have included sharing buttons on our site. The privacy implications on this will vary from social network to social network and will be dependent on the privacy settings you have chosen on these networks.

Anonymous Visitor Statistics Cookies

We use cookies to compile visitor statistics such as how many people have visited our website, what type of technology they are using (e.g. Mac or Windows which helps to identify when our site isn’t working as it should for particular technologies), how long they spend on the site, what page they look at etc. This helps us to continuously improve our website. These so-called “analytics” programs also tell us if, on an anonymous basis, how people reached this site (e.g. from a search engine) and whether they have been here before helping us to put more money into developing our services for you instead of marketing spend.

Remarketing Cookies

You may notice that sometimes after visiting a site you see increased numbers of adverts from the site you visited. This is because advertisers, including ourselves, pay for these adverts. The technology to do this is made possible by cookies and as such we may place a so-called “remarketing cookie” during your visit. We use these adverts to offer special offers etc to encourage you to come back to our site. Don’t worry we are unable to proactively reach out to you as the whole process is entirely anonymized. You can opt-out of these cookies at any time as explained above.

Turning Cookies Off

You can usually switch cookies off by adjusting your browser settings to stop it from accepting cookies. Doing so, however, will likely limit the functionality of our’s and a large proportion of the world’s websites as cookies are a standard part of most modern websites.

Cookies used on our website

“afteroptin” – we use this cookie to detect if the visitor of the website already subscribed to our email list or not.

Cookies set by our partners and other third parties

Google Analytics

“_ga” – Used to store a unique client identifier (Client ID), which is a randomly generated number. (2 years from set/update);

“_gat” – Used to create and retrieve tracker objects, from which all other methods are invoked. (10 minutes from set/update );

“_utma” – Used to distinguish users and sessions. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and no existing __utma cookies exists.

The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics. (2 years from set/update );

“_utmb” – Used to determine new sessions/visits. The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and no existing __utmb cookies exists.

The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics. (30 mins from set/update );

“_utmc” – Not used in ga.js. Set for interoperability with urchin.js.  Historically, this cookie operated in conjunction with the __utmb cookie to determine whether the user was in a new session/visit. (End of browser session);

“_utmz” – Stores the traffic source or campaign that explains how the user reached your site.  The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics. (6 months from set/update);

“_utmv” – Used to store visitor-level custom variable data. This cookie is created when a developer uses the _setCustomVar method with a visitor

level custom variable. This cookie was also used for the deprecated _setVar method.  The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics. (2 years from set/update);

“__utmt” – Used to throttle request rate. (10 minutes );

Google stores the information collected by the cookie on servers in the United States. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. By using the website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

Learning more about cookies

To learn more about cookies, and how you can manage the ones saved to your computer, visit All About