Cookies on our website

We use these cookies on our website. The website is checked for this on daily basis.

Cookie names Type of cookie First or Third party Can be blocked Session or Persistent Expiry Time Purpose
__cfduid Strictly Necessary First party Persistent - Cookie assoiated with sites using CloudFlare, used to speed up page load times. According to CloudFlare it is used to override any security restrictions based on the IP address the visitor is coming from. It does not contain any user identification information. More information at: https://cookiepedia.co.uk/cookies/__cfduid
__gads Advertising Third party Persistent - This cookie is associated with the DoubleClick for Publishers service from Google. Its purpose is to do with the showing of adverts on the site, for which the owner may earn some revenue. More information at: https://cookiepedia.co.uk/cookies/__gads
metrics_token Functionality (user experience) Third party Persistent - Used to enable visitors to interact (e.g. Tweet or Follow) with the Twitter widget. See https://twitter.com for more information.
tfw_exp Functionality (user experience) Third party Persistent - Used to enable visitors to interact (e.g. Tweet or Follow) with the Twitter widget. See https://twitter.com for more information.
PHPSESSID Strictly Necessary First party Session - Cookie generated by applications based on the PHP language. This is a general purpose identifier used to maintain user session variables. It is normally a random generated number, how it is used can be specific to the site, but a good example is maintaining a logged-in status for a user between pages. More information at: https://cookiepedia.co.uk/cookies/PHPSESSID
__utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmt, __utmz, _ga, _gat, _gid Website Performance Analysis First party Persistent Some are set per session, some for longer time __utma: This is one of the four main cookies set by the Google Analytics service which enables website owners to track visitor behaviour and measure site performance. This cookie lasts for 2 years by default and distinguishes between users and sessions. It it used to calculate new and returning visitor statistics. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics. The lifespan of the cookie can be customised by website owners. See also: https://cookiepedia.co.uk/cookies/__utma
__utmc: This is one of the four main cookies set by the Google Analytics service which enables website owners to track visitor behaviour and measure site performance. This cookie determines new sessions and visits and expires after 30 minutes. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics. Any activity by a user within the 30 minute life span will count as a single visit, even if the user leaves and then returns to the site. A return after 30 minutes will count as a new visit, but a returning visitor.More at: https://cookiepedia.co.uk/cookies/__utmb
__utmc: This is one of the four main cookies set by the Google Analytics service which enables website owners to track visitor behaviour and measure site performance. It is not used in most sites but is set to enable interoperability with the older version of Google Analytics code known as Urchin. In this older versions this was used in combination with the __utmb cookie to identify new sessions/visits for returning visitors. When used by Google Analytics this is always a Session cookie which is destroyed when the user closes their browser. Where it is seen as a Persistent cookie it is therefore likely to be a different technology setting the cookie. More at: https://cookiepedia.co.uk/cookies/__utmc
__utmt: This cookie is set by Google Analytics. According to their documentation it is used to throttle the request rate for the service - limiting the collection of data on high traffic sites. It expires after 10 minutes. See also: https://cookiepedia.co.uk/cookies/__utmt
__utmz: This is one of the four main cookies set by the Google Analytics service which enables website owners to track visitor behaviour measure of site performance. This cookie identifies the source of traffic to the site - so Google Analytics can tell site owners where visitors came from when arriving on the site. The cookie has a life span of 6 months and is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics. See also: https://cookiepedia.co.uk/cookies/__utmz
_ga: This cookie name is asssociated with Google Universal Analytics - which is a significant update to Google's more commonly used analytics service. This cookie is used to distinguish unique users by assigning a randomly generated number as a client identifier. It is included in each page request in a site and used to calculate visitor, session and campaign data for the sites analytics reports. By default it is set to expire after 2 years, although this is customisable by website owners. More info at: https://cookiepedia.co.uk/cookies/_ga
_gat: This cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics, according to documentation it is used to throttle the request rate - limiting the collection of data on high traffic sites. It expires after 10 minutes. See also: https://cookiepedia.co.uk/cookies/_gat
_gid: This cookie name is asssociated with Google Universal Analytics. This appears to be a new cookie and as of Spring 2017 no information is available from Google. It appears to store and update a unique value for each page visited. See also: https://cookiepedia.co.uk/cookies/_gid