1. WHAT’S A COOKIE?

A cookie is a small piece of data or a text file that is downloaded to your computer or mobile device when you access certain websites. Cookies may contain text that can be read by the web server that delivered the cookie to you. The text contained in the cookie generally consists of a sequence of letters and numbers that uniquely identifies your computer or mobile device; it may contain other information as well.

Cookies are used by nearly all websites and do not harm your system.

2. HOW DO WE USE COOKIES?

We use cookies to track your use of our website. This enables us to understand how you use the site and track any patterns with regards to how you are using my website. This helps us to develop and improve our website as well as products and/or services in response to what you might need or want.

Cookies are either:

– Session cookies: these are only stored on your computer during your web session and are automatically deleted when you close your browser – they usually store an anonymous session ID allowing you to browse a website without having to log in to each page but they do not collect any personal data from your computer; or

– Persistent cookies: a persistent cookie is stored as a file on your computer and it remains there when you close your web browser. The cookie can be read by the website that created it when you visit that website again. We use persistent cookies for Google Analytics.

Cookies can also be categorised as follows:

– Strictly necessary cookies: These cookies are essential to enable you to use the website effectively, such as when buying a product and / or service, and therefore cannot be turned off. Without these cookies, the services available to you on my website cannot be provided. These cookies do not gather information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering where you have been on the internet.

– Performance cookies: These cookies enable me to monitor and improve the performance of my website. For example, they allow me to count visits, identify traffic sources and see which parts of the site are most popular.

– Functionality cookies: These cookies allow my website to remember choices you make and provide enhanced features. For instance, I may be able to provide you with news or updates relevant to the services you use. They may also be used to provide services you have requested such as viewing a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect is usually anonymised.

3. WHAT TYPES OF COOKIES DO WE  USE?

This site uses cookies – small text files that are placed on your machine to help the site provide a better user experience. In general, cookies are used to retain user preferences, store information for things like shopping carts, and provide anonymized tracking data to third party applications like Google Analytics. Cookies generally exist to 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.

NECESSARY COOKIES 
  • _GRECAPTCHA | www.google.com | Expire in 6 months | Sets up recaptcha to provide risk analysis.
PERFORMANCE COOKIES
  • _ga | Expire in 2 years | Part of Google Analytics. It distinguishes unique users and is included in each page.
  • _gid |Expire in 1 day | Set by Google Analytics. It stores and updates a unique value for each page visited and is used to count and track pageviews.
  • _gat | Expires in 1 minute | Associated with Google Analytics, used to throttle the request rate – limiting the collection of data on high traffic sites.
TARGETING COOKIES
  • visitor_info1_live | Expire in 6 months | Set by YouTube to keep track of user preferences for YT videos embedded in sites
  • ac_enable_tracking | Expires in 1 month | Associated with ActiveCampaign and is set to confirm that tracking has been enabled for the website. It’s used to create web traffic reports and improve user experience
  • ysc | Expires after session | Set by YouTube to track views of embedded videos
UNCLASSIFIED COOKIES
  • prism_477000687 | Expires in 1 month
  • prism_477000687 | Expires in 1 month
  • trx_addons_is_retina | Expires in 1 year
  • mailchimp_landing_site | Expires in 28 days
4. WHAT COOKIES ARE USED BY OUR SERVICE PROVIDERS?

Pages on this site may include embedded content, like YouTube videos, for example. Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if you visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged-in to that website. Below you can find a list of the services we use:

YOUTUBE

We use YouTube videos embedded on our site. YouTube has its own cookie and privacy policies over which we have no control. There is no installation of cookies from YouTube and your IP is not sent to a YouTube server until you consent to it. See their privacy policy here: YouTube Privacy Policy.

GOOGLE ANALYTICS

Google Analytics gathers information about the use of our website by means of cookies. The information gathered is used to create reports about the use of our website. The relevant cookies are:  _ga, _gid, __ytmc, __utmc, __utmz, __utma and  _gat. If you would like to opt-out of Google Analytics monitoring your behavior on our website please use this link: Google Analytics Opt-out.

7. HOW CAN I CONTROL THE COOKIE PREFERENCES?

Should you decide to change your preferences later through your browsing session, you can click on the “Privacy & Cookie Policy” tab on your screen. This will display the consent notice again enabling you to change your preferences or withdraw your consent entirely.

In addition to this, different browsers provide different methods to block and delete cookies used by websites. You can change the settings of your browser to block/delete the cookies. To find out more on how to manage and delete cookies, visit wikipedia.org, www.allaboutcookies.org.