Cookies

November 2016

About Cookies
A cookie is a small piece of data stored within a browser and sent to your computer or mobile phone from a website. Cookies are used by all kinds of websites so that they can recognise your device (computer or mobile phone) if you return to the same website. Cookies are not programs and do not collect information from your computer.
As a rule, cookies will make your browsing experience better. However, you may prefer to disable cookies on this site and on others. The most effective way to do this is to disable cookies in your browser. We suggest consulting the Help section of your browser or taking a look at the About Cookies website which offers guidance for all modern browsers.

What does this site use cookies for?

Like most websites ours makes use of cookie technology. While this website is free to use, when a visitor finds a product on our site and then goes on to buy something from a retailer we may receive a small commission. This reward process is enabled using cookies that are set and managed by our affiliate partners for example Affiliate Window, Tradedoubler, Linkshare. These cookies are used to identify that the visitor has come from our website.

On this page you will find a list of the cookies we use and manage. We have tried to cover all the cookies we use and will update this list if there are any changes. If you do notice a discrepancy or believe a cookie is missing, please let us know.

WordPress cookies

Our website uses the popular WordPress web software. These cookies store information regarding certain WordPress settings so that you don’t have to tell us each time you visit us.

WordPress cookies for logged in users

Users are those visitors who have registered an account with the site.

Cookie Name Expiry Description
wp-settings-[n] 1 year Used to customise a user’s view of the admin interface
wp-settings-time-[n] 1 year Time a user logged in
wordpress_test_cookie Expires when browser closed Cookies enabled or not
wordpress_logged_in_[UID] Expires when browser closed Indicates a user is logged
wordpress_ [UID] Expires when browser closed Authentication details

 

WordPress cookies for commenters

Cookies are also used if you post a comment on our site. This is purely a convenience, so that you won’t need to re-type the same information again when when you want to leave another comment. It also allows you to see your comment on your computer while it is waiting to be moderated.

Cookie Name Expiry Description
comment_author_ [ID] 347 days Name entered
comment_author_email_ [ID] 347 days Email entered
comment_author_url_ [ID] 347 days URL entered

 

Analytics cookies

Our site uses Google Analytics which allows us to measure how the site is used, for example the number of visitors to the site, where they come from and which pages are visited most. This helps us to determine the most popular areas of our site. We do not use the analytics tool to track or collect any personal information about visitors to our site. Google’s privacy policy is available at: http://www.google.com/privacy/privacy-policy.html. To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics visit: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.

Cookie Name Expiry Description
__utma 2 years This cookie is used to determine unique visitors to the site and it is updated with each page view
__utmb 30 minutes Used to detect when a visit ends
__utmc Expires when browser closed Used to detect when the browser has been closed
__utmz 6 months Stores where the visitor came from, whether via a direct method, a referring link, website search an ad or email link

 

Third party cookies and links to other websites

Third-party cookies are usually cookies that are set with domains that are different from our website domain (i.e from the one shown in the address bar). When you visit our site you may notice some cookies that are related to other websites. We don’t control the setting of these cookies.

Also, if you access other websites using the links provided, the operators of those websites may collect information from you which will be used by them in accordance with their privacy policies, which may differ from ours. We recommend that you check for information about cookies and privacy policies for each website that you visit.

Google Adsense and the DoubleClick DART Cookie

Third party vendors, including Google, use cookies to serve ads based on a user’s prior visits to our website. Google’s use of the DART cookie enables it and its partners to serve ads to our users based on their visit to our site and other sites on the Internet. You can learn more about Google Cookies by visiting How Google uses cookies. Users may opt out of the use of the DART cookie by visiting the advertising opt-out page.

Social media and sharing tools

Our site may include links that allow you to use bookmarking and social networking websites like Facebook, Twitter and Delicious. You may be sent cookies from these websites. We don’t control the setting of these cookies so we suggest that you check their site and privacy policies for more information.

How to manage and delete cookies

Some cookies only last for the duration while users use the website (session cookies). Session cookies are normally deleted when the browser closes. Others, (persistent cookies) are stored for longer on your device until they expire or you delete them. Most browsers allow you to delete or block cookies through your browser settings. www.aboutcookies.org contains detailed information on how to delete and control cookies on a variety of popular web browsers.