What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small snippet of text that a website asks your browser to store. All cookies have expiration dates in them that determine how long they stay in your browser. Cookies can be removed in two ways: automatically, when they expire, or when you manually delete them. We’ve included more details below to help you understand what kinds of cookies we use.
Yes, with the primary purpose to make our website work more effectively.
What kinds of cookies does IT Enquirer use and why?
We use different kinds of cookies for various reasons:
Session cookies – these are temporary cookies that expire (and are automatically erased) whenever you close your browser. We use session cookies to grant access to content and enable commenting (things you have to log in to do).
Persistent cookies – these usually have an expiration date far into the future and thus stay in your browser until they expire, or until you manually delete them. We use persistent cookies for functionalities like the “Stay logged in” tickbox, which makes it possible for registered users to return to the site without having to log in. We also use persistent cookies to better understand usage patterns so we can improve the site for our customers. This information is anonymised – when we look at the data, in other words, we look at patterns, but we do not see individuals’ personally identified information (PII).
What other cookies might I encounter on IT Enquirer?
There are also limited third-party cookies on the site. These cookies could be session or persistent and are set by entities other than IT ENquirer. To ensure compliance with our policies, we restrict the use of third-party cookies to trusted partners of IT Enquirer. For example, we currently allow:
Social sharing and login – When you register or log in to IT-Enquirer.com with credentials from social networks like Facebook or Twitter, you authorise them to store a persistent cookie that will remember you and grant you access to our site every time you visit until it expires. You can delete that cookie (and revoke the access it grants) by updating your preferences with each respective social network. So if you no longer want to be able to log in through Facebook, you’ll need to update your settings at Facebook.
Audience measurement and validation – We use services such as Google Analytics to understand how many people come and what is popular which helps us improve the website. Additionally, we use tools to validate our understanding of that information for advertising. No personally identifiable information (PII) is stored and site usage is always looked at on an aggregate (and anonymous) level.
Other functionality – we use Vimeo for our multimedia platform and Doubleclick (Google) for our advertising platform. Those teams set cookies in order to control frequency and target advertising to the right section or geographic region.
Does IT Enquirer use any so-called “intrusive” cookies?
No. We don’t use re-targeting cookies or flash cookies or any other kind of cookie that can capture personally identifiable information (PII).
How can I delete or disable cookies?
If you want to delete or disable cookies, see: www.allaboutcookies.org/manage-cookies
Will the site work if I disable cookies?
You can browse IT Enquirer with cookies disabled, though some interactions may not work. For example, ticking the “Stay logged in” box at login will not actually keep you logged in to the site unless you have enabled cookies.
Cookies In Use on This Site
On the 11th of July 2012, the following cookies were used:
google.com (search engine)
vimeo.com (videocasting service — without it you will not see any videos on this site)
twitter.com (the bird)
doubleclick.com (yes, this one is to show advertising banners rotating)
stumbleupon.com (social media)
Disabling these cookies will likely break the functions offered by third parties
- Making our shopping basket and checkout work
- Determining if you are logged in or not
- Remembering your search settings
- Allowing you to add comments to our site
There is no way to prevent these cookies being set other than to not use our site.
These cookies help us:
- Make our website work as you’d expect
- Save you having to login every time you visit the site
- Remember your settings during and between visits
- Offer you free services/content (thanks to advertising)
- Improve the speed/security of the site
- Allow you to share pages with social networks like Facebook
- Continuously improve our website for you
- Make our marketing more efficient (ultimately helping us to offer the service we do at the price we do)
- Collect any personally identifiable information (without your express permission)
- Collect any sensitive information (without your express permission)
- Pass personally identifiable data to third parties
You can learn more about all the cookies we use below
The privacy implications on this will vary from social network to social network and will be dependent on the privacy settings you have chosen on these networks.
Anonymous Visitor Statistics Cookies
Cookies are widely used in online advertising. Neither us, advertisers or our advertising partners can gain personally identifiable information from these cookies. We only work with advertising partners who work to accepted privacy standards such as http://www.youronlinechoices.com/uk/iab-good-practice-principles
You can learn more about online advertising at http://www.youronlinechoices.com. You can opt-out of almost all advertising cookies at http://www.youronlinechoices.com/uk/your-ad-choices although we would prefer that you didn’t as ultimately adverts help keep much of the internet free.
Turning Cookies Off
You can usually switch cookies off by adjusting your browser settings to stop it from accepting cookies (Learn how here). Doing so however will likely limit the functionality of our’s and a large proportion of the world’s websites as cookies are a standard part of most modern websites
It may be that you concerns around cookies relate to so called “spyware”. Rather than switching off cookies in your browser you may find that anti-spyware software achieves the same objective by automatically deleting cookies considered to be invasive. Learn more about managing cookies with antispyware software.