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Cookies

What are Cookies?

Cookies are small files which are stored on a user’s computer. They are designed to hold a modest amount of data specific to a particular client and website, and can be accessed either by the web server or the client computer. This allows the server to deliver a page tailored to a particular user, or the page itself can contain some script which is aware of the data in the cookie and so is able to carry information from one visit to the website (or related site) to the next. Read more about cookies.

Cookies used on this website

Name of Cookie

Type of Cookie

Duration

Purpose

_ga

Analytical/performance

2 years

This is a Google analytics cookie and is used to distinguish unique users by assigning a randomly generated number as a client identifier. It is included in each page request in a site and used to calculate visitor, session and campaign data for the sites analytics reports.

_gat

Analytical/performance

10 minutes

This is a Google analytics cookie, used to throttle the request rate - limiting the collection of data on high traffic sites.

_gid

Analytical/performance

24 hours

This is a Google session cookie, used to distinguish users.

exp_csrf_token

Strictly Necessary

2 hours

A security cookie used to identify the user and prevent Cross Site Request Forgery attacks.

exp_tracker

Functionality

Session

This cookie tracks the last 5 pages viewed by the user, and is used primarily for redirection after logging in etc. It affects guests and logged in users.

exp_last_activity

Strictly Necessary

1 year

Records the time of the last page load. Used in conjunction with the last_visit cookie.

exp_last_visit

Strictly Necessary

1 year

Date of the user’s last visit. Can be shown as a statistic for members and used by the forum to show unread topics for both members and guests.

exp_sessionid

Strictly Necessary

1 – 2 hours

Session id, used to associate a logged in user with their data.


Managing cookies in your browser

Some people prefer not to allow cookies, which is why most browsers give you the ability to manage cookies to suit you.

Some browsers limit or delete cookies, so you may want to review your cookie settings and ads settings. In some browsers you can set up rules to manage cookies on a site-by-site basis, giving you more fine-grained control over your privacy. What this means is that you can disallow cookies from all sites except those that you trust.

Disabling cookies will often result in the website not functioning correctly and in some cases may stop the website functioning at all.

How can I delete and remove cookies?

Cookies are maintained by your web browser, so the method for deleting them will vary depending on which browser you are using. Read more about deleting cookies.