Cookie types are either session (stored only whilst you browse the site) or persistent (stored even after you have left – e.g. 1 year). Cookies that our website sets are called first party cookies, and those set by other websites who run content on our website are known as third party cookies – for example, Facebook sets cookies via our website if somebody ‘likes’ one of the posts on our site.
A list of cookies used on our site, and further details about them, are listed below:
|Commenter's Cookies||Persistent||365 days||When visitors comment on our blog, they get cookies stored on their computer. This is purely a convenience, so that the visitor won't need to re-type all their information again when they want to leave another comment. Three cookies are set for commenter's:
|User Cookies||Persistant||365 Days||There are cookies for logged in users and commenters.
Users are defined as those people who have registered an account with our site.
Commenters are defined as those people who have made a comment on our site, without logging in via an account first.The actual cookies contain hashed data, so you don't have to worry about someone gleaning your username and password by reading the cookie data. A hash is the result of a specific mathematical formula applied to some input data (in this case your user name and password, respectively). It's quite hard to reverse a hash (bordering on practical infeasibility with today's computers). This means it is very difficult to take a hash and "unhash" it to find the original input data. Our site uses a few cookies to bypass the password entry portion. If our site recognizes that you have valid, non-expired cookies, you go directly to the logged-in interface. If you don't have the cookies, or they're expired, or in some other way invalid (like you edited them manually for some reason), our site will require you to log in again, in order to obtain new cookies. The cookies stored are:
|User Cookies - Session Only||Session||Session Only||This is the same as the main 'User Cookies' policy, except these cookies are only stored for the duration of your session. A session is ended when a user clicks the 'Logout' link.|