What are cookies?
A cookie is a small text file that a website saves on your computer or mobile device (iPad, iPhone etc.) when you visit the site.
Cookies contain a very small amount of information, usually consisting of a string of numbers and/or letters, they are not computer programs, they don’t give the website owners any kind of access to your computer or mobile device.
Cookies enable websites to remember visitor actions and preferences (for example remembering that the member has an account and should remain logged in, remembering that you prefer to see content in a different language to the default, remembering that you like to view the content of the website in a larger font size and other display preferences). Placing a cookie on your computer or mobile device means that you don’t have to make those choices every time you visit the site or browse from one page to another. Cookies can also allow websites to collect other forms of anonymous data, for example to help track how popular a website is.
This page explains the cookies we use and why.
Depending on how a visitor uses our website the following types of cookies may be set:
- Strictly Necessary Cookies
Strictly Necessary Cookies have to be set in order for our website to work as intended.
- Functionality Cookies
Functionality cookies give visitors a better user experience and allow for some customisation when it comes to interacting with our website.
- Performance Cookies
Performance cookies are used by us, and by some of our embedded tools to collect anonymous usage data.
Google Analytics uses these performance cookies to track anonymous user website activity on our website
The longest cookie duration set by Google Analytics is 2 years, this helps make statistics relating to “new” and “returning” visitors more accurate. Other cookies have a much shorter duration, varying from 6 months to the moment you end your browser session.
wordfence_verifiedHuman – Wordfence Cookie used to verify if the visitor is a bot or human
wfvt_ – Wordfence Tracks a user duration so that so that the page views can be grouped together
A first-party cookie is simply a cookie set by the website that you are visiting, a third-party cookie is a cookie set by a an external website.
As with first-party cookies, third-party cookies have a variety of uses. Although often used legitimately, there are privacy concerns raised by third-party cookie usage as they are often used for marketing purposes.
If you’d like more information or help disabling cookies please read the section below.
How to control cookies
You can of course control and/or delete cookies as you wish – for details, see aboutcookies.org. You can delete all cookies that are already on your computer and you can set most browsers to prevent them from being placed. If you do this, however, you may have to manually adjust some preferences every time you visit a site and some services and functionalities may not work.
Internet Explorer – http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/internet-explorer/delete-manage-cookies
Google Chrome – https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647
Mozilla Firefox – https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/cookies-information-websites-store-on-your-computer
Safari (Mac) – https://support.apple.com/kb/PH19214
Safari (iOS) – https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT201265
Android – https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/2392971