What are browser cookies?
Also known as browser cookies or tracking cookies, cookies are small, often encrypted text files, located in browser directories. They are used by web developers to help users navigate their websites efficiently and perform certain functions. Due to their core role of enhancing/enabling usability or site processes, disabling cookies may prevent users from using certain websites.
Cookies are created when a user’s browser loads a particular website. The website sends information to the browser which then creates a text file. Every time the user goes back to the same website, the browser retrieves and sends this file to the website’s server. Computer Cookies are created not just by the website the user is browsing but also by other websites that run ads, widgets, or other elements on the page being loaded. These cookies regulate how the ads appear or how the widgets and other elements function on the page.
For more information see: www.allaboutcookies.org
What cookies are used on this website?
We use both session and persistent cookies on our website. The names of the cookies that we use on our website, and the purposes for which they are used, are set out below:
- We use exp_csrf_token to protect against Cross Site Request Forgery (CSRF). A CSRF attack forces a logged-on victim’s browser to send a forged HTTP request, including the victim’s session cookie and any other automatically included authentication information, to a vulnerable web application. This allows the attacker to force the victim’s browser to generate requests the vulnerable application thinks are legitimate requests from the victim.
- We use exp_tracker; which is a temporary cookie that remains in the internet browser’s folder of your computer until you close the browser. It contains the last 5 pages viewed and is typically used for form or error message returns.
- We use exp_last_visit. This cookie remains in your browser for one year and contains the date of the user’s last visit.
- We use exp_last_activity; which remains in your browser for one year and records the time of the last page load. It is used in conjunction with the exp_last_visit cookie.
- We use exp_sessionid. This is used when cookie and session are set as the session type. Used only for logged in members
How do I opt out?
Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visitwww.allaboutcookies.org. To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visithttp://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.