Cookies

Cookies are text files sent by web servers to web browsers when the browser accesses a web page. Cookies are stored locally on the client computer.

If you fill out a form on a web site, providing such information as your name and intrestes, this information is packaged into a cookie and sent to your web browser, which stores it for later use. The next time you go to the same web site, your browser will send the cookie the the web server. The server can use this information to present you with customized web pages.

Cookies tell the server that you have returned to a particular web page. Cookies cannot be executed as code or deliever viruses. A cookie is unquley yours and can only be read by the serve that gave it to you. Cookies save you time when browsing web pages. If you personalise pages, or register for products or services, a cookies helps the web site remember who you are when you return.

Cookies enable web site owners to learn what information is important to their vistors, and what isn’t. They can then remove web pages that aren’t accessed and focus their efforts on the information that users are looking for.

 

What Cookies Do We Use?

Great question, below is a list of the cookes we use on our website with a short description on what each one does. Please be assured that if you do not want us to place cookies on your system we will respect your wish. However it may affect your browsing expereince if you turn off cookies.

Cookie name Expires Information
__utma 2 years Used by Google Analytics. Each unique browser that visits a page on the site is provided with a unique ID via the __utma cookie. In this way, subsequent visits to the website via the same browser are recorded as belonging to the same (unique) visitor. Thus, if a person interacted with the website using different browsers, the Analytics reports would track this activity under two unique visitors. Similarly if the same browser were used by two different visitors, but with a separate computer account for each, the activity would be recorded under two unique visitor IDs. On the other hand, if the browser happens to be used by two different people sharing the same computer account, one unique visitor ID is recorded, even though two unique individuals accessed the site.
__utmb 30 min Google Analytics uses these two cookies to establish a session. If either of these two cookies is absent, further activity by the user initiates the start of a new session.
__utmc End of session
__utmz 6 month When visitors reach the site via a search engine result, a direct link, or an ad that links to the page, Google Analytics stores the type of referral information in a cookie. The parameters in the cookie value string are parsed and sent in the GIF Request (in the utmcc variable). The expiration date for the cookie is set as 6 months into the future. This cookie gets updated with each subsequent page view to the site; thus it is used to determine visitor navigation within the site.