Cookie and Privacy Policy


This policy covers the data collected by, how it is used, and how you as a user can exercise control over whether the data is collected.

What Information Collects makes use of anonymous information about the visitors to our website for analytics purposes. This information is completely anonymous and is used for the purposes of determining metrics such as the number of pages visited in a session, and the length of time spent on each page. This information helps us to determine that the contents of the site are useful to our visitors, and helping to address what they are looking for by visiting our site. Again, this information is completely anonymous.

Personal information is collected whenever a visitor to the site submits a comment on one of our articles. The information collected is name and email address only, and is supplied by the site visitor when they submit their comment. This information is also collected when a visitor completes our contact form.

How Uses The Collected Information

The information is used for replying to any messages that are submitted to us via our contact form, and for improving the site experience for our visitors by showing their comments on our articles. If you have submitted a comment on one of our articles and it is approved, the comment will be shown beneath the article, along with your name. Your email address will not shown.

Will Contact You?

Unless you have requested communication from us, by sending us a message via our contact form and asking for a reply, nobody from will contact you.

We Will Not Share Your Information

Your information will not be sold or traded to any other company, organisation or person.

How Long Will We Keep Your Data?

We will keep your information on our systems for as long as necessary to complete the related activity. Your information will be held in a database, unless you request otherwise.

Can You Make A Request For The Data We Hold About You?

If you would like to know what information holds about you, then you can make a request by contacting, or using our contact form.


In May 2011, the UK Government passed new legislation regarding the use of Cookies. In the following section, we explain what cookies are, which are used on, and how they are used on the website.

What Are Cookies?

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by the websites that you visit. Commonly, they are used to make the websites that you use work correctly (for example by tracking the goods that you have placed in an online shopping cart), or work more efficiently (for example, by remembering your login details), and also for providing information about the usage of the site to the owners.

Types Of Cookies

The new legislation defines 3 types of cookies which are dropped and collected by websites. From the 26th of May 2012, visitors to a site must consent to cookies being used while they use the site. The 3 types of cookie are:

Moderately Intrusive: For example: Embedded third-party content and social media-plugins, Advertising campaign optimisation

Minimally Intrusive: For example: Web analytics / metrics, Personalised content / interface

Necessary for Website Functionality For example: Stop multiple form submissions, Load balancing, Transaction specific

What Cookies Does Collect? collects the following anonymous cookies for analytics purposes:

__utma: This cookie is typically written to the browser upon the first visit to your site from that web browser. If the cookie has been deleted by the browser operator, and the browser subsequently visits your site, a new __utma cookie is written with a different unique ID. This cookie is used to determine unique visitors to your site and it is updated with each page view. Additionally, this cookie is provided with a unique ID that Google Analytics uses to ensure both the validity and accessibility of the cookie as an extra security measure. This cookie expires 2 years from set/update.

__utmb: This cookie is used to establish and continue a user session with your site. When a user views a page on your site, the Google Analytics code attempts to update this cookie. If it does not find the cookie, a new one is written and a new session is established. Each time a user visits a different page on your site, this cookie is updated to expire in 30 minutes, thus continuing a single session for as long as user activity continues within 30-minute intervals. This cookie expires when a user pauses on a page on your site for longer than 30 minutes. You can modify the default length of a user session with the _setSessionCookieTimeout() method. This cookies expires 30 minutes from set/update.

__utmc: This cookie is no longer used by the ga.js tracking code to determine session status.Historically, this cookie operated in conjunction with the __utmb cookie to determine whether or not to establish a new session for the user. For backwards compatibility purposes with sites still using the urchin.js tracking code, this cookie will continue to be written and will expire when the user exits the browser. However, if you are debugging your site tracking and you use the ga.js tracking code, you should not interpret the existence of this cookie in relation to a new or expired session.

__utmz This cookie stores the type of referral used by the visitor to reach your site, whether via a direct method, a referring link, a website search, or a campaign such as an ad or an email link. It is used to calculate search engine traffic, ad campaigns and page navigation within your own site. The cookie is updated with each page view to your site. This cookie expires 6 months from set/update. is built using the WordPress platform. The WordPress platform makes use of cookies when a visitor to the website submits a comment to one of our articles via the comment form. This is purely for convenience, so that the visitor will not be required to re-type all their information again when they want to leave another comment in the future. The cookies are:


These cookies all expire a little less than one year from the time they’re set (when the comment is left). also makes use of a plugin for the WordPress platform called W3 Total Cache. This software improves the website for our visitors by making the pages load as fast as possible. The cookie w3tc_referrer is used by the W3 Total Cache software for user agent group detection and consistency of sessions. This cookie is anonymous, and is deleted as soon as you close your web browser.

Third Party Cookies

Visitors to the site who wish to share our articles socially via their profiles on the websites Twitter, Facebook, or Google Plus may have cookies stored on their computers by these third party websites.

These websites use cookies to allow you to log into your social profile and share content easily. For more information on these cookies, please visit the cookie policies of these websites. You can control the way cookies are used when you are signed into these sites by making use of the privacy settings which they provide.

Facebook Privacy Policy can be found at
Twitter Privacy Policy can be found at
Google+ Privacy Policy can be found at also takes part in several affiliate programmes run by online merchants. When you visit a product advertised for sale at a merchant website, by clicking a link to that product on the website, those 3rd party merchants may make use of cookies. participate in affiliate programmes run by the following companies: – Privacy policy can be found at
Affiliate Window – Privacy policy can be found at
Commission Junction – Privacy policy can be found at
Trade Doubler – Privacy policy can be found at
Linkshare – Privacy policy can be found at
Paid On Results – Privacy policy can be found at

These third-party ad servers or ad networks use technology to the advertisements and links that appear on send directly to your browsers. They automatically receive your IP address when this occurs. Other technologies ( such as cookies, JavaScript, or Web Beacons ) may also be used by the third-party ad networks to measure the effectiveness of their advertisements and / or to personalize the advertising content that you see. has no access to or control over these cookies that are used by third-party advertisers.

You should consult the respective privacy policies of these third-party ad servers for more detailed information on their practices as well as for instructions about how to opt-out of certain practices.’s privacy policy does not apply to, and we cannot control the activities of, such other advertisers or web sites.

Prohibiting The Collection Of Cookies

If you would like to prevent from dropping and collecting cookies when you visit our site, please update the privacy settings of your web browser. The cookies which are accepted and stored on your computer can be controlled within the settings there. You can see instructions on how to do this for the most popular web browsers at the addresses below:

Internet Explorer:
Google Chrome:
Mozilla Firefox:
Apple Safari:
Apple Safari for iOS: