A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer if you agree. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer's hard drive.
The cookies we use are "analytical" cookies. They allow us to recognize and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around the site when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily. You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below:
|JSESSIONID||End of current session||We use this cookie to keep track of where a user is in the process of building an app on this site, during their session on the website. It includes information on the app being built and whether the user is logged in.|
|__utma||2 years||We use Google Analytics on our websites to measure how many people visit us and how often they return. This is a Google Analytics cookie. Each unique browser that visits a page on the site is provided with a unique ID via the __utma cookie. In this way, subsequent visits to the website via the same browser are recorded as belonging to the same (unique) visitor. Thus, if a person interacted with the website using different browsers, the Analytics reports would track this activity under two unique visitors. Similarly if the same browser were used by two different visitors, but with a separate computer account for each, the activity would be recorded under two unique visitor IDs. On the other hand, if the browser happens to be used by two different people sharing the same computer account, one unique visitor ID is recorded, even though two unique individuals accessed the site.|
|__utmb||30 min||We use Google Analytics on our websites to measure how many people visit us and how often they return. This is a Google Analytics cookie. Google Analytics uses these two cookies to establish a session. If either of these two cookies is absent, further activity by the user initiates the start of a new session.|
|__utmc||End of session|
|__utmz||6 month||We use Google Analytics on our websites to measure how many people visit us and how often they return. This is a Google Analytics cookie.|
|affiliate_ref||30 days||We use this cookie to track a user who has been brought to the website via an affiliate site. This cookie also tracks which affiliate site the user arrived from.|
When visitors reach the site via a search engine result, a direct link, or an ad that links to the page, Google Analytics stores the type of referral information in a cookie. The parameters in the cookie value string are parsed and sent in the GIF Request (in the utmcc variable). The expiration date for the cookie is set as 6 months into the future. This cookie gets updated with each subsequent page view to the site; thus it is used to determine visitor navigation within the site.
You block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our site.
Except for essential cookies, all cookies will expire after 2 years.