A cookie is a small piece of data stored within a browser and sent to your computer or mobile phone from a website. Cookies are used by all kinds of websites so that they can recognise your device (computer or mobile phone) if you return to the same website. Cookies are not programs and do not collect information from your computer.
Like most websites ours makes use of cookie technology. While this website is free to use, when a visitor finds a product on our site and then goes on to buy something from a retailer we may receive a small commission. This reward process is enabled using cookies that are set and managed by our affiliate partners for example Affiliate Window, Tradedoubler, Linkshare. These cookies are used to identify that the visitor has come from our website.
On this page you will find a list of the cookies we use and manage. We have tried to cover all the cookies we use and will update this list if there are any changes. If you do notice a discrepancy or believe a cookie is missing, please let us know.
Our website uses the popular WordPress web software. These cookies store information regarding certain WordPress settings so that you don’t have to tell us each time you visit us.
WordPress cookies for logged in users
Users are those visitors who have registered an account with the site.
|wp-settings-[n]||1 year||Used to customise a user’s view of the admin interface|
|wp-settings-time-[n]||1 year||Time a user logged in|
|wordpress_test_cookie||Expires when browser closed||Cookies enabled or not|
|wordpress_logged_in_[UID]||Expires when browser closed||Indicates a user is logged|
|wordpress_ [UID]||Expires when browser closed||Authentication details|
WordPress cookies for commenters
Cookies are also used if you post a comment on our site. This is purely a convenience, so that you won’t need to re-type the same information again when when you want to leave another comment. It also allows you to see your comment on your computer while it is waiting to be moderated.
|comment_author_ [ID]||347 days||Name entered|
|comment_author_email_ [ID]||347 days||Email entered|
|comment_author_url_ [ID]||347 days||URL entered|
|__utma||2 years||This cookie is used to determine unique visitors to the site and it is updated with each page view|
|__utmb||30 minutes||Used to detect when a visit ends|
|__utmc||Expires when browser closed||Used to detect when the browser has been closed|
|__utmz||6 months||Stores where the visitor came from, whether via a direct method, a referring link, website search an ad or email link|
Third party cookies and links to other websites
Third-party cookies are usually cookies that are set with domains that are different from our website domain (i.e from the one shown in the address bar). When you visit our site you may notice some cookies that are related to other websites. We don’t control the setting of these cookies.
Also, if you access other websites using the links provided, the operators of those websites may collect information from you which will be used by them in accordance with their privacy policies, which may differ from ours. We recommend that you check for information about cookies and privacy policies for each website that you visit.
Google Adsense and the DoubleClick DART Cookie
Social media and sharing tools
Our site may include links that allow you to use bookmarking and social networking websites like Facebook, Twitter and Delicious. You may be sent cookies from these websites. We don’t control the setting of these cookies so we suggest that you check their site and privacy policies for more information.
How to manage and delete cookies
Some cookies only last for the duration while users use the website (session cookies). Session cookies are normally deleted when the browser closes. Others, (persistent cookies) are stored for longer on your device until they expire or you delete them. Most browsers allow you to delete or block cookies through your browser settings. www.aboutcookies.org contains detailed information on how to delete and control cookies on a variety of popular web browsers.