Cookies

WHAT ARE COOKIES?

A cookie is a piece of information in the form of a very small text file that is placed on an internet user’s computer. It is generated by a web page server (which is basically the computer that operates the web site) and can be used by that server whenever the user visits the site. A cookie can be thought of as an internet user’s identification card, which tells a web site when the user has returned.

Cookies can’t harm your computer and we don’t store any personally identifiable information about you on any of our cookies.

WHY DO WE USE COOKIES?

We use cookies for two main reasons. First, we use them to enable us to give you a better experience i.e. to remember when you’ve logged in, and to remember not to show you a message you’ve already seen, for instance (the cookie message at the top of the page is a good example of this).  Because of this, turning cookies off for our website may affect your experience negatively. The other use is to see how you use our website.  This way, we can see which pages you visit most often, which pages are broken and various other bits of information.

No cookies contains any of your personal information; it’s totally anonymous.

WHAT COOKIES DO WE USE?

__utma, __utmb, __utmc and __utmz:

These are cookies used by Google to make notes of what you’re doing on the Website.  They are totally anonymous and don’t save or send any personally identifiable information at all. Read more…

abf_cookie_shown:

This cookie allows us to know if you’ve seen the cookie message. If it is set, then we know you’ve seen the message and won’t show it again.

wordpress_logged_in_#####:

Some of our websites allow users to log into WordPress (the program our website is based on), so this cookie keeps track of if you have logged in or not.

wordpress_test_cookie:

This is a test cookie used by WordPress to see if cookies are enabled or not.

CAN I TURN COOKIES OFF?

Absolutely. It is usually possible to stop your browser accepting cookies, or to stop it accepting cookies from a particular website. However, this will likely affect your website experience; for instance we cannot tell if you are signed in without using cookies.

All modern browsers allow you to change your cookie settings. These settings will typically be found in the ‘options’ or ‘preferences’ menu of your browser. In order to understand these setttings, the following links may be helpful, otherwise you should use the ‘Help’ option in your browser for more details.

Cookie settings in Internet Explorer
Cookie settings in Firefox
Cookie settings in Chrome
Cookie settings in Safari