What are Cookies?
Cookies are small pieces of data, stored in text files, that a website (or app) sends to a User device and are stored on the User computer or other device when those websites are loaded in a browser. This text file collects information about User actions on the Site such as: preferred language, device settings, and browsing activities. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer.
Cookies are specific to each different browsers. This means that cookies stored in a Google Chrome browser will not be able to access or view cookies stored in a Mozilla Firefox browser. Cookies are also website-specific, which means one website will not be able to share cookies with another.
Cookies are widely used to remember a User and User preferences, either for a single visit (through a “session cookie”) or for multiple repeat visits (using a “persistent cookie”). They ensure a consistent and efficient experience for Users, and perform essential functions such as allowing Users to register and remain logged in.
Cookies may be set by the website that Users are visiting (known as “first-party cookies”) for analytics, or by third parties, such as those who serve content or provide advertising or analytics services on the website (“third-party cookies”).
In short, a cookie is a technology for remembering something about you.
Types of Cookies
The following types of cookies may be used when you visit the Site:
- Comment Cookies: This Site enables Users to post comments. When Users leave a comment there is an option to save the User name, email address and website. These are for convenience and allows the Site to automatically fill these fields on User subsequent visits and when leaving other comments.
- Affiliate Links: This Site may use affiliate links to help offset costs. Affiliate links helps us by issuing a small commission when Users make purchases through these links. This occurs at no additional cost to Users. Cookies generated by affiliate links help ensure the purchase is credited correctly.
- Google Analytics: This Site uses Google Analytics to collect data about Site traffic and User interaction with the Site. This information is anonymized and does not identify the User. These cookies let us know what features on the Site are working the best, which content and services are most used, and what features on the Site can be improved.
- Advertising Cookies: This Site may use advertising to help offset costs. These cookies connect advertisers to Users in order to display advertisements that are most likely to be of interest to Users based on Users browsing history. These cookies allow advertisers and ad servers to gather information about User visits to the Site and other websites, alternate the ads sent to a specific computer, and track how often an ad has been viewed and by whom. These cookies are linked to a computer and do not gather any personal information about you.
How to Manage and Delete Cookies
Users have the ability to accept or decline (disable) cookies. Most Web browsers automatically accept cookies, but Users can usually modify their browser settings to decline cookies or to alert Users when cookies are being sent. Most browsers provide ways to control cookie behavior such as the length of time they are stored — either through built-in functionality or by utilizing third party plugins.
Users may have the ability to turn off third-party cookies, which will stop most websites from sharing User information.
To withdraw cookie consent for this Site at any time, delete cookies using the browser settings. Cookie settings are usually found in the Options or Preferences menu of most browsers. The following cookie setting links are provided as a start:
- Apple Safari
- Google Chrome
- Microsoft Edge
- Microsoft Internet Explorer
- Mozilla Firefox
- Android (Chrome)
- iPhone or iPad (Chrome)
- iPhone or iPad (Safari)
To find out more on how to control, disable, and delete cookies, visit:
To opt-out of some third-party cookies visit: Network Advertising Initiative (NAI) Opt-Out Tool.
Other Tracking Technologies
In addition to cookies, we may use web beacons, pixel tags, and other tracking technologies on the Site to help customize the Site and improve User experience. A “web beacon” or “pixel tag” is tiny object or image embedded in a web page or email. They are used to track the number of Users who have visited particular pages and viewed emails, and acquire other statistical data. They collect only a limited set of data, such as a cookie number, time and date of page or email view, and a description of the page or email on which they reside. Web beacons and pixel tags cannot be declined. However, Users can limit their use by controlling the cookies that interact with them.
This document was last updated March 22, 2020