What are cookies?

Cookies are downloaded and placed on your computer by websites that you visit. Typically they are implemented as small encrypted text files. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site.

What cookies do we use and why?

The table below explains the cookies we use and why.

Cookie Name Purpose
Cookie Notice by dFactory cookie_notice_accepted Indicates that you have accepted cookies. Valid for one month.
WordPress
(Logged in users)
wordpress_[hash] On login, WordPress uses the cookie to store authentication details. Its use is limited to the admin console area, /wp-admin/
wordpress_logged_in_[hash] After login, WordPress sets this cookie, which indicates when you’re logged in, and who you are, for most interface use.
wp-settings-{time}-[UID] WordPress also sets a few of these cookies. The number on the end is your individual user ID from the users database table. This is used to customize your view of admin interface, and possibly also the main site interface.
WordPress
(Commenters)1
comment_author_{HASH}
comment_author_email_{HASH}
comment_author_url_{HASH}
When visitors comment on our blog, they too 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. The commenter cookies are set to expire a little under one year from the time they’re set.
Google Analytics via MonsterInsights plug-in Refer to Google Analytics Cookie Usage on Websites Measure how users interact with website content. Provides a sense of the country, state or city a user comes from (also known as “IP geolocation”), device type, browser type, interaction statistics, app instance IDs
Google reCAPTCHA 1P_JAR, _gcl_au, APISID, CONSENT, HSID, NID, OGP, OGPC, OTZ, SAPISID, SID, SIDCC, SSID These are essential site cookies, used by the google reCAPTCHA. The reCAPTCHA API works by collecting hardware and software information, such as device and application data, and sending these data to Google for analysis.

WordPress: WordPress is the content management system (CMS) used to create our website. Further information on WordPress cookies: https://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_Cookies

Google Analytics via MonsterInsights plug-in: Google Analytics is used to measure how users interact with website content. We collect data into Google Analytics using the Monster Insights plug-in. Google Analytics data privacy and security. MonsterInsights Privacy Policy.

Google reCAPTCHA: Google reCAPTCHA is used to fight spam and abuse on the website originating from contact forms. Google privacy policy.

How do I change my cookie settings?

Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. Note that disabling cookies may prevent a website from functioning correctly as they perform a core role in enhancing/enabling usability and site processes.

To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set, visit www.aboutcookies.org or www.allaboutcookies.org.

Find out how to manage cookies on popular browsers:

To find information relating to other browsers, visit the browser developer’s website.

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.