A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed onto your computer’s hard drive. Once you agree, the file is then added and the cookie helps examine web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Essentially, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not.
A cookie does NOT give us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.
You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Although most web browsers automatically accept cookies, you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies to your preference. However, this may prevent you from taking full advantage of our website.
Cookies on this website are used for:
- Analytical/performance purposes – this allows us to recognise and calculate the number of visitors and to see how visitors navigate around the website when they are using it. Therefore helping us improve the way our website functionality for example, by ensuring that users can find what they are looking for easily.
- Functionality purposes – to help us recognise you when you return to our website. This allows us to personalise our content for you and remember your preferences and settings (e.g. your choice of language or region).
- Sharing purposes – this allows you to share pages with social networks such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Cookies set by Google Analytics
_ga – Google Analytics cookie, used to distinguish users.
_gid – Google Analytics cookie, used to distinguish users.
_gat – Google Analytics cookie, used to throttle request rate
Cookies set by WordFence plugin
wfwaf-authcookie- This cookie is set by the WordPress security plugin “Wordfence”. It is used to authenticate user’s login request.
wfvt_ This cookie is set by the WordPress security plugin “Wordfence”. It used to track a user for the duration of their visit so that the “Wordfence” can group their page views together.
Cookies set by Cookie Notice plugin
Cookies set by WordPress
wordpress-logged_in_ This cookie is set by WordPress. It is used for indication and identification of the logged in user.
wordpress_test_cookie WordPress sets this cookie when a user navigates to the login page. The cookie is used to check whether user’s web browser is set to allow, or reject cookies.
wp-settings-, wp-settings-time- These cookies are set by WordPress. They are used to customize user’s view of admin interface, and possibly also the main site interface. These cookies have no impact on user experience and do not store any personal information. They contain some information about user’s general geographic location.
Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies; for example:
In Internet Explorer you can block cookies using the cookie handling override settings available by clicking “Tools”, “Internet Options”, “Privacy” and then “Advanced”;
In Firefox you can block all cookies by clicking “Tools”, “Options”, “Privacy”, selecting “Use custom settings for history” from the drop-down menu, and unticking “Accept cookies from sites”; and
In Chrome you can block all cookies by accessing the “Customise and control” menu, and clicking “Settings”, “Show advanced settings” and “Content settings”, and then selecting “Block sites from setting any data” under the “Cookies” heading.
Blocking all cookies will have a negative impact upon the usability of many websites. If you block cookies, you will not be able to use all the features on our website.
You can delete cookies already stored on your computer; for example:
In Internet Explorer (version 11), you must manually delete cookie files (you can find instructions for doing so at http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/internet-explorer/delete-manage-cookies#ie=ie-11)
In Firefox, you can delete cookies by clicking “Tools”, “Options” and “Privacy”, then selecting “Use custom settings for history” from the drop-down menu, clicking “Show Cookies”, and then clicking “Remove All Cookies”; and
In Chrome, you can delete all cookies by accessing the “Customise and control” menu, and clicking “Settings”, “Show advanced settings” and “Clear browsing data”, and then selecting “Cookies and other site and plug-in data” before clicking “Clear browsing data”.
Deleting cookies will have a negative impact on the usability of many websites.