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Some cookies are deleted when you close down your browser. These are known as session cookies. Others remain on your device until they expire or you delete them from your cache. These are known as persistent cookies and enable us to remember things about you as a returning visitor.

This website uses both session and persistent cookies.

Analytics Cookies

Cookie Name

_ga

_gid

_gat

Type

Analytics

Expiration

_ga – 2 years

_gid – 24 hrs

_gat – 1 minute

Function

Used to distinguish users.

_gat – To throttle request rate.

Session and Preference Cookies

Cookie Name

NID

Type

Preference Cookie

Expiration

6 months

Function

Used by Google to store user preferences and information of Google maps

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Most Google users will have a preferences cookie called ‘NID’ in their browsers. A browser sends this cookie with requests to Google’s sites. The NID cookie contains a unique ID that Google uses to remember your preferences and other information, such as your preferred language (e.g. English), how many search results you wish to have shown per page (e.g. 10 or 20) and whether or not you wish to have Google’s SafeSearch filter turned on.

Cookie Name

PHPSESSID 

Type

PHP session cookie

Expiration

As the PHPSESSID cookie has no timed expiry, it disappears when the client is closed.

Function

The PHPSESSID cookie is native to PHP and enables websites to store serialised state data. It is used to establish a user session and to pass state data via a temporary cookie, which is commonly referred to as a session cookie.

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Session ID or session token is a piece of data that is used in network communications (often over HTTP) to identify a session, a series of related message exchanges.

Cookie Name

gdpr [allowed_cookies]

gdpr [consent_types]

Type

Expiration

Function

Consent management & Privacy Preference management.

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Cookie Name

wordpress_sec_[hash]

wordpress_logged_in_[hash]

Type

Session cookies. These cookies are necessary for the site to work properly

Expiration

Deleted when you close your web browser.

Function

Essential WordPress session management cookies for logged in users. On login, WordPress uses the wordpress_[hash] cookie to store your authentication details. Its use is limited to the admin console area, /wp-admin/

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WordPress Cookies

WordPress uses cookies, or tiny pieces of information stored on your computer, to verify who you are. There are cookies for logged in users and for commenters.

Cookie Name

pmpro_visit

Type

Session Cookie

Expiration

When the browsing session ends.

Function

It is used to recognise you when you return to our site (controls visits for subscriptions).

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Cookie Name

wfwaf-authcookie-

Type

Three types of cookies in Wordfence plugin:
– “Live Traffic” cookie: determine if someone is a human or bot, identify repeat visitors and display this in the Live Traffic feed.
– Country Blocking: you can choose to use a cookie to bypass Country Blocking.
– Session cookie: remember if someone is a logged in user (confirming which user role they have) to prevent them from getting blocked by accident while working in WordPress admin.

Expiration

This cookie is persistent and expires in 1 day.

Function

It is used to authenticate user’s login request.

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Wordfence

This cookie is set by the WordPress security plugin “Wordfence”. You can edit your browser options to prevent your browser from accepting new cookies or to notify you when you receive a new cookie. If you do not accept cookies, however, some features of the Services may not function properly.

Cookie Name

wordpress_[hash]

wp-settings-1

wp-settings-time-

Type

Session Cookie

Session Cookie

Session Cookie

Expiration

Deleted when you close your web browser.

Function

On login, WordPress uses the wordpress_[hash] cookie to store your authentication details. Its use is limited to the admin console area, /wp-admin/

WordPress also sets a few wp-settings-{time}-[UID] 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.

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WordPress Cookies

WordPress uses cookies, or tiny pieces of information stored on your computer, to verify who you are. There are cookies for logged in users and for commenters.

Cookie Name

wordpress_test_cookie

Type

Session Cookie

Expiration

Deleted when you close your web browser

Function

WordPress sets this cookie when you navigate to the login page. The cookie is used to check whether your web browser is set to allow, or reject cookies

WordPress also sets a few wp-settings-{time}-[UID] 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.

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WordPress Cookies

WordPress uses cookies, or tiny pieces of information stored on your computer, to verify who you are. There are cookies for logged in users and for commenters.

WordPress Comments Cookies

Cookie Name

comment_author_{HASH}

comment_author_email_{HASH}

comment_author_url_{HASH}

Type

Used for users’ convenience

Expiration

1 year

Function

When visitors comment, they get cookies which are 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.

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WordPress Cookies

WordPress uses cookies, or tiny pieces of information stored on your computer, to verify who you are. There are cookies for logged in users and for commenters.

Payment Gateway Cookies

Cookie Name

_stripe_mid

_stripe_sid

Type

Session Cookie – Randomly generated session for recognising a client

Expiration

1 year

Function

Stores user preference for Stripe.

To enable secure online payments

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More information about what data Stripe collects

Where to find more information about cookies and how to opt-out

Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. The ‘help’ function within your browser should tell you how.

If you would prefer to opt out of cookies, it is possible to control cookies by following the steps below, however, you should be aware that you might lose some features and functionality of the website if you do so.

WordPress cookies: https://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_Cookies

Google analytics opt-out: http://web.archive.org/web/20140625181738/https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout

Managing cookies in your browser (Google): https://policies.google.com/technologies/managing

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