Cookies on this website
What are cookies and how do they benefit you
- helping to make our website function properly
- remembering when you are logged in
- remembering your settings between visits
- allowing you to share pages on social networks
- allowing you to add comments to our blog
- helping us to improve our website for you
We take your continued use of our website, along with your choice to browse with cookies enabled in your browser settings to mean that you are happy to do this. You are freely able to turn off cookies if you wish (this is explained below), however doing so will mean the website does not function as intended.
Website function cookies
These cookies enable functions on our website and without them the website cannot function in the way you'd expect. Some of these functions include providing you access to secure areas of the website, and to add comments on our blog.
Social website cookies
Our website allows you to share our content on social networks (such as Facebook and Twitter). Cookies are set by AddThis which provides us with lots of sharing buttons in one package.
Visitor statistics cookies
These cookies collect information anonymously on how visitors are using our site (for example how long they spend on the site, what pages they look at etc.) and this helps us to understand how visitors interact with our website and improve the website accordingly. To do this we use a number of third party services including Google analytics, Clicky web analytics and Opentracker.
These cookies track visitors across websites. This helps to display ads that are relevant and engaging for the individual user and therefore more valuable for publishers and third party advertisers. For this purpose we use services provided by DoubleClick (owned by Google) and Media 6 Degrees.
|Cookie Name ||Duration|| Description|
| sq_system_session || 1 month || We use this cookie in order to maintain your user state (eg. logged in/out) and any related preferences/settings. |
| __atuvc,__atuvs, bt2, di2, loc, mus, uid, uvc, vc, xtc || 1 day to 1 year || These cookies are set by the AddThis social sharing widget which is embedded in our website to allow you to share content with a range of networking and sharing platforms. It stores an updated page share count. |
| _ga, _gid, _gat_UA, __utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmt, __utmz || 2 days to 2 years || These cookies are set by Google Universal Analytics - which is a significant update to Google's more commonly used analytics service. We use this service to track how visitors use the website so that we can improve the content we provide you |
| _jsuid, heatmaps_g2g, _custom_data_username, _custom_data_email, _first_pageview, _eventqueue || 1 day to 20 years || These cookies are set by Clicky web analytics service. This service allows us to track how you move through the site. |
| _ots, _otui, _otpe, machine-id || 1 day to 6 years || These cookies are set by Opentracker. This service allows us to track how you move through the site. We use it to monitor use of our site in real time to make sure we're providing useful and relevant content |
| disqus_unique || 1 year || This cookie is set by Discus who provide the service that allows you to comment on our blog. |
| __gads, IDE, test_cookie, GoogleAdServingTest || 1 day to 2 years || These cookies are associated with the DoubleClick for Publishers service from Google. Their purpose is to measure the efficacy of an ad and to present targeted ads to the user. |
| cookieconsent_status || 1 year || This cookie stores your cookie consent preference. |
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