Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer or mobile phone when you browse websites
Our cookies help us:
- Make our website work as you’d expect
- 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 and Twitter
- 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)
- Collect any personally identifiable information (without your express permission)
- Collect any sensitive information (without your express permission)
- Pass personally identifiable data to third parties
You can learn more about all the cookies we use below.
More about our Cookies
Website Function Cookies
Our own cookies
There is no way to prevent these cookies being set other than to not use our site.
Anonymous Visitor Statistics Cookies
We use Google Analytics to provide this service which sets the following cookies:
You can read about how these cookies are used here.
Social Website Cookies
So you can easily “Like” or share our content on the likes of Facebook and Twitter we have included sharing buttons on our site.
We fund our site by showing adverts as you browse our site. Cookies are widely used in online advertising. Neither us, advertisers or our advertising partners can gain personally identifiable information from these cookies. Some adverts are managed by a partner specializing in providing adverts for multiple sites. Invariably these partners place cookies to collect anonymous data about the websites you visit so they can personalize the adverts to you, ensure that you don’t see the same adverts too frequently and ultimately report to advertisers on which adverts are working. You can opt-out of almost all advertising cookies at http://www.youronlinechoices.com/uk/your-ad-choices 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 you won’t see adverts, just simply that they won’t be tailored to you any longer.
- Google Adsense – As cookie names used by this third party may change, you can see more about the types of cookie set by this service here under the Advertising category.
- wp_ozh_wsa_visits and wp_ozh_wsa_visit_lasttime – These cookies are used to prevent ads being shown to some readers.
Turning Cookies Off
You can usually switch cookies off by adjusting your browser settings to stop it from accepting cookies. (See below for specific instructions for the most popular browsers). Doing so however will likely limit the functionality of our website (and a large proportion of the world’s websites) as cookies are a standard part of most modern websites.
It may be that you concerns around 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 antispyware software.
Browser Specific Instructions to Block and Remove Cookies
- Internet Explorer – Changing privacy and other browser settings in Internet Explorer
- Firefox – Changing privacy and other browser settings in Firefox
- Google Chrome – Changing privacy and other browser settings in Google Chrome
- Opera – Changing privacy and other browser settings in Opera
- Safari – Changing privacy and other browser settings in Safari
- Safari iOS – Changing privacy and other browser settings in iOS, iPhone and iPad
- Android – Changing privacy and other browser settings in Android
- Blackberry – Changing privacy and other browser settings in Blackberry
- Windows Phone – Changing privacy and other browser settings in Windows Phone
Much of the cookie information text on this site was derived from content provided by Attacat Internet Marketing http://www.attacat.co.uk/, a marketing agency based in Edinburgh. If you need similar information for your own website you can use their free cookie audit tool.