Cookies Policy

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Cookies used on this site

Cookies and how they Benefit You

Our website uses cookies, as almost all websites do, to help provide you with the best experience we can. Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer or mobile phone when you browse websites.

Our cookies help to:

  • Make our website work as you’d expect.
  • Save you having to login every time you visit the site.
  • Remember your settings during and between visits.
  • Offer you free services/content (thanks to advertising).
  • Improve the speed/security of the site.
  • Allow you to share pages with social networks like Facebook.
  • Personalize our site to you to help you get what you need, faster.
  • Continuously improve our website for you.
  • Make our marketing more efficient (ultimately helping us to offer the service we do at the price we do).

We do not use cookies to:

  • Collect any personally identifiable information (without your express permission).
  • Collect any sensitive information (without your express permission).
  • Pass personally identifiable data to third parties.
  • Pay sales commissions.
Granting us permission to use cookies

If the settings on the software that you are using to view this website, (meaning your browser), are adjusted to accept cookies, we take your continued use of the site to mean that you are fine with this. Should you wish to remove, or not use cookies from our site, you can learn how to do so below. However doing this will probably mean that our site will not work as you would expect.

Website Function Cookies

Our Own Cookies

We use cookies on our website for the following:

  • Determining if you are logged in or not.
  • Remembering your search settings.
  • Allowing you to add comments to our site.
  • Tailoring content to your needs.

There is no way to prevent these cookies being set. The only option is to not use the site.

Social Website Cookies

So that you can easily LIKE or SHARE our content on social websites such as Facebook and Twitter, we have included sharing buttons on our site.

Cookies are set by:

The privacy implications here will vary from social network to social network, and will be dependent on the privacy settings you have already chosen on each network itself.

Visitor Statistics Cookies

We use cookies to compile visitor statistics including: how many people have visited our website, what type of technology they are using (e.g. Mac or Windows, which helps to identify whether our site is working as it should for particular technologies), how long they spend on the site, what page they look at etc. This helps us to continually improve our website. These so-called analytic programs also tell us how people reached this site (e.g. from a search engine) and whether they have been here before, thus allowing us to put more money into developing our services for you, instead of spending on marketing.

Advertising Cookies

Cookies are widely used in online advertising. Neither we nor our advertising partners can gain personally identifiable information from these cookies. We only work with advertisers who adhere to accepted privacy standards.

You can opt-out of almost all advertising cookies on their Ad. Choices page, although we would prefer that you didn’t; as ultimately adverts help keep much of the internet free.

It is also worth noting, that opting out of advertising cookies will NOT mean that you won’t see the adverts; it will just mean that they are no longer tailored to suit you.

Banner Adverts

We fund our site by showing adverts as you browse. These adverts are usually managed by a partner specializing in providing ads. for multiple sites. Invariably these partners place cookies to collect anonymous data about the websites you visit, so that they can personalize the adverts to you, ensure that you don’t see the same adverts too frequently and then make a report to advertisers about which adverts are working.
Our partners include:

Turning Cookies Off

You can usually switch cookies off by adjusting your browser settings to stop the acceptance of cookies. (Learn how here). Doing so however will likely limit the functionality of our, and a large proportion of the world’s websites as cookies are a standard part of most modern websites today.

It may be that your concerns about cookies relate to so-called “spyware”. Rather than switching off cookies in your browser, you may find that anti-spyware software achieves the same objective by automatically deleting cookies considered to be invasive. Learn more about managing cookies with anti-spyware software.

The cookie information text on this site was derived from content provided by Attacat Internet Marketing, a marketing agency based in Edinburgh.

If you need similar information for your own website you can use their free cookie audit tool.

Related Content:

All about Cookies
Websites Use “Cookies” to Monitor Online Users.

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