What is a cookie?

A cookie is a simple text file that is stored on a user’s computer (or mobile device) that is created when a user visits a website using a program called a browser (for example Internet Explorer, Firefox or Safari).

A cookie isn't a program itself and doesn't actively do anything on a user's computer. A cookie cannot be used to identify a user personally but they do contribute to improving a user's experience of a website.

A cookie simply allows the website to read the contents of the cookie text file. The text file itself simply contains a unique identifier code; the site name and some digits and numbers.

Why are Cookies used?

Most websites will use cookies in order to improve the user experience by enabling the website to ‘remember’ the user, either for the duration of the visit or for repeat visits.

Cookies do lots of different jobs, such as:

What Cookies are used by this site?

Cookies are set by this website (first party cookies) but may also be set by other websites (e.g. You Tube) that run content on the website’s pages (third party cookies).

Cookies can be set to remember a visitor for the duration of their visit (session cookies) or to remember a visitor for repeat visits (persistent cookies).

Here are the standard cookies used by this website:

First Party Cookies

Cookie Name: ASPSESSIONID* Issued by: New Mind Internet Consultancy Cookie type / purpose: Performance. to measure and improve site quality through analysis of visitor behaviour. Duration: Non-persistent session cookie (until the website browser is closed).

Cookie Name: __CT_Data Issued by: ClickTale Cookie type / purpose: Performance. to measure and improve site quality through analysis of visitor behaviour. Duration: Persistent: 1 year from when set or updated.

Cookie Name: WRUID Issued by: ClickTale Cookie type / purpose: Performance. to measure and improve site quality through analysis of visitor behaviour. Duration: Persistent: 1 year from when set or updated.

Cookie Name: _pk_id* Issued by: Piwik Cookie type / purpose: Performance. to measure and improve site quality through analysis of visitor behaviour. Duration: Persistent: 1 year from when set or updated.

Cookie Name: _pk_ses* Issued by: Piwik Cookie type / purpose: Performance. to measure and improve site quality through analysis of visitor behaviour. Duration: Persistent: 30 minutes from when set or updated.

Cookie Name: _ga Issued by: Google, Inc. Cookie type / purpose: Performance. to measure and improve site quality through analysis of visitor behaviour. Duration: Persistent: 2 years from when set or updated.

Cookie Name: _dc_gtm_UA* Issued by: Google, Inc. Cookie type / purpose: Performance. to measure and improve site quality through analysis of visitor behaviour. Duration: Persistent: 10 minutes from when set or updated.

Cookie Name: __hstc Issued by: HubSpot, Inc. Cookie type / purpose: Performance. to measure and improve site quality through analysis of visitor behaviour. Duration: Persistent: 2 years from when set or updated.

Cookie Name: __hssc Issued by: HubSpot, Inc. Cookie type / purpose: Performance. to measure and improve site quality through analysis of visitor behaviour. Duration: Persistent: 30 minutes from when set or updated.

Cookie Name: __hssrc Issued by: HubSpot, Inc. Cookie type / purpose: Performance. to measure and improve site quality through analysis of visitor behaviour. Duration: Non-persistent session cookie (until the website browser is closed)..

Cookie Name: hsfirstvisit Issued by: HubSpot, Inc. Cookie type / purpose: Performance. to measure and improve site quality through analysis of visitor behaviour. Duration: Persistent: 10 years from when set or updated.

Cookie Name: hubspotutk Issued by: HubSpot, Inc. Cookie type / purpose: Functionality. user authentication. Duration: Persistent: 10 years from when set or updated.

How do I disable cookies?

Each browser has different settings which allow a user to adjust their particular cookie permissions

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