Cookies in Use

What are cookies?

Cookies are small files that get put on your computer by websites as you surf them.  These cookies can store lots of information which can have privacy implications.  We like to think all the  cookies used on this site are fairly innocuous but that’s for you to judge. You can find out more about cookies generally here – http://www.allaboutcookies.org/

Anonymous tracking software

We use Google Analytics (just like virtually everybody else). This is a service provided by Google.  They gather anonymous data of how people are using this site and then provide us with visitor statistics, details of page views etc etc.  If you are anti-Google or don’t want us to see how you use this website you can opt-out of being tracked by Google Analytics at http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout (we’d prefer you didn’t though as this data is seriously helpful to us in improving the website).

Don’t want any cookies ever?

While we’d love to offer a cookie-free version of this site it doesn’t really make sense to try and build a site that doesn’t use cookies whilst giving you the functionality and user experience that you would expect. You can remove any cookies we have already put on your machine within your browser settings – pressing Ctrl+Shift+Delete may work in many cases. If cookies scare you then the best thing is to disable cookies permanently in your browser. However, you may find that the Internet then doesn’t work very well for you. Cookies are good things as long as you know about them. To find out how to disable cookies in your browser go here for more information – http://www.allaboutcookies.org/manage-cookies/

Cookies used on this site

The following cookies are known to be used on this site. If you spot any others please let us know.

Cookie Name Expires Information
__utma 730 days Google Analytics – Google Analytics uses this cookie name. Not exactly phone tapping.
__utmb Less than one day Google Analytics – Google Analytics uses this cookie name. Not exactly phone tapping.
__utmc Date not set Google Analytics – Google Analytics uses this cookie name. Not exactly phone tapping.
__utmz 182 days Google Analytics – Google Analytics uses this cookie name. Not exactly phone tapping.
w3tc_referrer Date not set W3 Total Cache – W3 Total Cache uses this cookie to speed up web page delivery so the website works faster for you. Surely this is a good thing?