Cookies Policy

Our site uses cookies, or tiny pieces of information stored on your computer, to verify who you are and to enhance your user experience.

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:

CookieTypeDurationDescription
Commenter’s CookiesPersistent365 daysWhen 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:
  • comment_author
  • comment_author_email
  • comment_author_url
The commenter cookies are set to expire a little under one year from the time they're set.
Google AnalyticsPersistentVariousGoogle Analytics is a simple, easy-to-use tool that helps website owners measure how users interact with website content. As a user navigates between web pages, Google Analytics provides website owners JavaScript tags (libraries) to record information about the page a user has seen, for example the URL of the page. The Google Analytics JavaScript libraries use HTTP Cookies to "remember" what a user has done on previous pages / interactions with the website. Google Analytics supports two JavaScript libraries (tags) for measuring website usage: analytics.js and ga.js. The following sections describe how each use cookies.

analytics.js – Cookie Usage

The analytics.js JavaScript library is part of Universal Analytics and uses first-party cookies to:
  • Distinguish unique users
  • Throttle the request rate
By default, this library sets cookies on the top level domain, excluding the leading dot, and sets the cookie path to the root level (/).
User CookiesPersistant365 DaysThere 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:
  • Your user credentials
  • A double-hashed copy of your password
  • Unique session cookies
Within these cookies, there are various functions which store your authentication details, indicate when you're logged in, who you are and to remember any user specific customisations which are not stored permanently by your account. There is also a function to delete the cookies from your browser when you click the "Logout" link.
User Cookies – Session OnlySessionSession OnlyThis 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.  
Viewed Cookie PolicyPersistent365 daysThis cookie sets a flag to remember if a visitor has accepted/closed the cookie info bar. It sets a persistent cookie called ‘viewed_cookie_policy‘ for 365 days.

We use a cookie to remember whether or not you’ve accepted our Cookie Policy. You can delete this cookie by clicking this link.