What is a cookie?

  • A “cookie” is a piece of information that is stored on your computer’s hard drive. It records how you navigate on a website so when you revisit that website, it can present tailored options based on the information stored from your previous visit. Cookies can also be used to analyze traffic to the website and for advertising and marketing purposes.
  • Cookies are used by most websites and do not harm or alter your system in any way.

If you want to check or change what types of cookies you accept, this can usually be configured within your browser settings. You can block cookies at any time by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our site.  This may impact our ability to serve you free and upgraded content in the future.

How are cookies used?

  • We use cookies to track your use of our website. This enables us to understand how you use the site and track any patterns in reference to how you utilizing the website. This helps us to develop and improve our website including offering free content we publish, as well as products and / or services in response to what you may need or want.

Cookies defined:

  • Session cookies: Cookies stored on your computer during your web visit. They are automatically deleted when you close your browser, meaning they usually store an anonymous session ID allowing you to browse a website without having to log in to each page but they do not collect any personal data from your computer.
  • Persistent cookies:  Cookies stored as a file on your computer. It remains there when you close your web browser. This cookie can be read by the website that created it when you visit that website again. We use this cookie for analytical tools.

Categorization of cookies:

  • Strictly necessary cookies: These cookies are essential to enable you to use our website effectively, such as when buying a product and / or service. For this reason they cannot be turned off. Without these cookies, the services available to you on our website cannot be provided. These cookies do not gather information about you that could be used for marketing or tracking websites you have visited.
  • Performance cookies: These cookies enable us to monitor and improve the performance of our website. For example, they allow us to count visits, identify traffic sources and see the most popular locations of the website.
  • Functionality cookies: These cookies allow our website to remember choices you make and provide enhanced features. For instance, we may be able to provide you with news or updates relevant to the services that interest you. They may also be used to provide services you have requested. For example, viewing a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect is typically anonymous.

Please note that third parties who advertise on our website (such as advertising networks and / or providers of external services like web traffic analysis services) may also use cookies. We have no control over third party cookie use when on our site. These cookies are likely to be analytical/performance cookies or targeting cookies. For example, Facebook’s tracking pixel or cookies for the purpose of affiliate marketing. Note: These cookies support the operation of this site and we would not be able to invest in superior quality content for you to freely read without them. Read more in our disclosure.

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