Cookie Policy

Use of cookies on this website.

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site. The following explains the cookies we use and why.

Google Analytics Cookies

These cookies are used to 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:

A – stores each user’s amount of visits, and the time of the first visit, the previous visit, and the current visit. B & C – are used to check approximately how long you stay on a site: when a visit starts, and approximately ends

Z – stores where a visitor came from (search engine, search keyword, link). To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit

Name Expires
_utma 2 years
_utmb Less than a day
_utmc End of Session (Date not set)
_utmz 6 months

Facebook Cookies

This website carries embedded ‘share’ Facebook buttons to enable users of the site to easily share articles with their friends through Facebook.

Name Expires
Datr 2 years
lsd End of Session (Date not set)
reg_ext_ref End of Session (Date not set)
reg_fb_gate End of Session (Date not set)
reg_fb_ref End of Session (Date not set)

Google Plus One Cookies

This website carries embedded ‘share’ Google Plus One buttons to enable users of the site to easily share articles with their friends through Google. Expiration ranges from end of session to 2 years. See Google’s privacy policy for more information.

Name Expires

You Tube Cookies

YouTube uses cookies to help maintain the integrity of video statistics and prevent fraud. Most of the videos you’ll find on our website are hosted directly by us, but we may embed some videos from our official YouTube channel; when we do this, we use the privacy-enhanced mode which means YouTube can’t set a cookie unless a user clicks on the video to begin playback.

Name Expires
use_hitbox End of Session (Date not set)
PREF 3650 days

LinkedIn Cookies

LinkedIn cookie, introduced by the LinkedIn share button. Used to track which pages the user visits to collect them. For more information visit LinkedIn’s privacy policy page.

Name Expires
leo_auth_token Less than one day
JSESSIONID Date not set
bcookie 730 days
visit 730 days
PersistenceCookie Less than one day
NSC_MC_QH_MFP Less than one day
lang Date not set
leo_auth_token Less than one day
NSC_MC_WT_DTQ_IUUQ Less than one day

WordPress Cookies

WordPress is the Content Management System (CMS) that runs this website. It uses a cookie when logging in and out and is essential for proper website operation. It is only set if you are a registered user, so for most people it is not set at all. User data is all anonymous.

Name Expires
wordpress_[hash] 1 year
wordpress_logged_in_[hash] 1 year
wp-settings-{time}-[UID] 1 year

If you leave a comment on the website e.g. on a page, article or blog post, then a cookie may be stored to ‘remember’ your email address for the next time you post.

Name Expires
comment_author 1 year
comment_author_email 1 year
comment_author_url 1 year

Viewed Cookies Policy

In the footer of each web page on this site you will see a message alerting you to our cookie policy. If you’ve seen this message once and clicked the accept button, you won’t see it again. We use a cookie to remember this setting. User data is all anonymous.

Name Expires
viewed_cookie_policy 1 year



You can choose to accept or decline some or all cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. Please note however that choosing to disable cookies may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website and accessing certain features.


You can find more information about cookies by following the links below:

Microsoft cookie guide
All about cookies