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As a rule, cookies will make your browsing experience better. However, you may prefer to disable cookies on this site and on others. The most effective way to do this is to disable cookies in your browser. Please refer to the Help section of your browser of choice. Be aware that disabling cookies on this site may impair your user experience.
To enable us to monitor the usage of our website we use Google Analytics, which uses a variety of cookies. These are used to track visitors and collect information about how visitors use our site.
We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.”
The specific cookies are:
_ga – a persistant cookie that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website – set for 2 years
_gd a session cookie that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website – set for 2 years
_gat a session cooke used to throttle request rate
(b) We use the Jetpack Plugin to hook up your news feed to Twitter & Facebook and to provide sharing links. For Facebook this plugin sets a cookie, staticxx.facebook.com, that is linked to Facebook to faciliate this.Find out more about Facebook’s Cookies & other storage technologies here.
For Twitter the specific cookie is platform.twitter.com
(c) We use the Wordfence plugin for security & firewall support: Wordfence currently sets three cookies and we explain what each cookie does, who will have the cookie set, and why the cookie helps secure your site.
What it does: This cookie is used by the Wordfence firewall to perform a capability check of the current user before WordPress has been loaded.
Who gets this cookie: This is only set for users that are able to log into WordPress.
How this cookie helps: This cookie allows the Wordfence firewall to detect logged in users and allow them increased access. It also allows Wordfence to detect non-logged in users and restrict their access to secure areas. The cookie also lets the firewall know what level of access a visitor has to help the firewall make smart decisions about who to allow and who to block.
What it does: This cookie is used to notify the Wordfence admin when an administrator logs in from a new device or location.
Who gets this cookie: This is only set for administrators.
How this cookie helps: This cookie helps site owners know whether there has been an admin login from a new device or location.