Cookies Policy

What are cookies?

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we put on your computer. These cookies allow us to distinguish you from other users of the website which helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and also allows us to improve our site. To find out more about cookies, visit www.allaboutcookies.org. Below is more about the individual cookies we use and how to recognise them.

Cookies we use

Strictly Necessary Cookies

These cookies are placed on your browser to ensure the website delivers you information and services securely and optimally. You must accept these essential cookies as the website cannot function properly without them.

Cookie notice plugin cookie (cookie_notice_accepted): Records if the visitor has accepted the cookie consent box.

Cookie test (wordpress_test_cookie): Used by WordPress to check if the user’s browser supports cookies.

Comment details cookies (comment_author_[hash], comment_author_email_[hash], comment_author_url_[hash]): Only set if you leave a comment and select “Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.” Set by our website to track your name, email and URL. More information: wordpress.org

These cookies are only set if you log in to our website:

  • WordPress cookies (wp-settings-[user_id], wordpress_sec_[hash], wordpress_logged_in_[hash]): Allows you to authenticate and perform account related functions. No information is passed to a third-party, and passwords are encrypted. More information: wordpress.org
  • Wordfence cookies (wfwaf-authcookie-[hash], wf_loginalerted_[hash]): Essential for keeping the site secure. Authenticates your login request and notifies the website admin when an administrator logs in from a new device or location. No information is passed to a third-party. More information: wordfence.com
  • WooCommerce cookies (woocommerce_snooze_suggestions__[suggestion], woocommerce_dismissed_suggestions__[context], tk_ai): Set by our website’s WooCommerce plugin to track usage and allow dismissing of Marketplace suggestions. More information: woocommerce.com

Statistical Cookies

Statistic cookies help us (the website owner) to understand how visitors interact with our website by collecting and reporting information anonymously. We use the information to compile reports to help us improve the website.

Google Analytics tracking cookies (_ga, _gid): Set by Google Analytics to register a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how you use our website, including the number of visitors to the website, where visitors have come from and the pages they visited. Read Google’s overview of privacy and safeguarding data

Google Analytics throttling cookie (_gat_[AnalyticsID]): Set by Google Analytics to throttle the request rate.

Marketing Cookies

Marketing cookies are used to track visitors across websites. They are used to display ads that are relevant and engaging to you.

Google plugin tracking cookies (1P_JAR, ANID, NID, APISID, SAPISID, HSID, SID, SIDCC, SSID): These third-party cookies are set by Google where we use Google plugins, like Google Maps. They are used to provide a personalised experience on Google properties (like Google Search). Most are only set if you are logged into your Google account while visiting our site. They do not identify you personally unless you are logged into your Google account, in which case they are linked to your Google account.

These third-party cookies are set by YouTube.com and DoubleClick.net because we embed YouTube videos on our website:

  • Location tracking cookie (GPS): Registers a unique ID on mobile devices to enable tracking based on geographical GPS location.
  • Video tracking cookies (PREF, YSC): Registers a unique ID that is used by Google to keep statistics of how you use YouTube videos across different websites.
  • Bandwidth test cookie (VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE): Tries to estimate your bandwidth on pages with integrated YouTube videos.
  • Video preference cookies (yt-remote-cast-installed, yt-remote-connected-devices, yt-remote-device-id, yt-remote-fast-check-period, yt-remote-session-app, yt-remote-session-name): Stores your video player preferences when using embedded YouTube video.
  • Remarketing cookie (IDE): Used by Google DoubleClick to register and report your actions after viewing or clicking an ad (with the purpose of measuring the efficacy of an ad and to present targeted ads).
  • Cookie test (test_cookie): Used by DoubleClick to check if the user’s browser supports cookies.

YouTube and DoubleClick do not identify you personally unless you are logged into your Google account, in which case they are linked to your Google account.

How to change your cookie settings

Cookie control tool

You can revoke non-essential, first-party cookies on our website by clicking this button then clicking “Deny cookies” in the pop-up: Change cookie settings

Existing cookies

To clear cookies that have previously been placed on your browser, in your browser select the option to clear your browsing history and ensure that the option to delete or clear cookies is included when you do so.

Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, visit: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout

Browser settings

You may block all cookies (including third-party cookies) by changing your browser settings, but if you do you may not be able to use every feature on this site. Find out how to manage cookies on popular browsers:

To find information relating to other browsers, visit the browser developer’s website.