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Cookies In Use on This Site

Cookies and how they Benefit You

Our website uses cookies, as almost all websites do, to help provide you with the best experience we can. Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer or mobile phone when you browse websites

Our cookies help us:

  • Make our website work as you'd expect
  • 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

We do not use cookies to:

  • Collect any personally identifiable information (without your express permission)
  • Collect any sensitive information (without your express permission)
  • Pass personally identifiable data to third parties
  • Pay sales commissions

You can learn more about all the cookies we use below

Granting us permission to use cookies

If the settings on your software that you are using to view this website (your browser) are adjusted to accept cookies we take this, and your continued use of our website, to mean that you are fine with this. Should you wish to remove or not use cookies from our site you can learn how to do this below, however doing so will likely mean that our site will not work as you would expect.

More about our Cookies

Website Function Cookies

Our own cookies

We do not use our own cookies to make our website ( work.

Third party functions

Our site, like most websites, includes functionality provided by third parties. Our site includes the following which use cookies:

  • Google Custom Search
    • Google Custom Search Engine functionality has been implemented on this site on the search page and stores any cookies for user preferences, including those which may already be set by a user in their Google Account.
      • PREF - Remembers any Google preference settings the user has set when using a specific browser on an individual computer such as Safesearch, location, language. Expires in 729 days or when you clean out your cookies.
      • NID - A unique identifier which stores any user preferences. Expires in 6 months or when you clear out your cookies.
      • If you have a Google Account other cookies may also be set - eg, if you have Google + and are using the search, it will also install the Google + cookies (APISID, HSID, PREF, SAPISID, SID, SSID) which helps you receive customised content from Google and its partners. If you don't want these cookies to be set then you need to log out of your Google account before using the search.
    • If you do not want these cookies placed, please do not use our search page or turn off your cookies. Please see Google's privacy policy. See also the Google Ad Preferences Manager.
  • Amazon Associates aStore
    • These cookies are set by, and relate to the Amazon store widget that you will find in our shop. These cookies enable Amazon to manage its affiliate program and this in turn enables us to gain a small share of the profits from any sales derived from these links. The revenue from this helps us to fund our site. Visit Amazon's privacy policy for further details on their cookies.
      • session-id - Expires in 7 days or when you clear out your cookies
      • session-id-time - Expires in 7 days or when you clear out your cookies
      • ubid-acbuk - Expires in 23 years (!) or when you clear out your cookies
    • See the Amazon Advertising Preferences page.

Disabling these cookies will likely break the functions offered by these third parties.

Social Website Cookies

So you can easily "Like" or share our content on the likes of Facebook and Twitter we have included sharing buttons on our site.

Cookies are set by:

  • AddThis
    • Allows our users to share content from our sites with their friends and contacts through a social networking and bookmarking sites. We have set the configuration of our site to prevent AddThis placing cookies.
    • Despite the fact that we prevent AddThis from setting cookies, other sites might let them through. You can easily stop AddThis from collecting any information about you for online behavioural advertising by opting out. This will prevent advertisers from receiving any data that could be used to tailor advertising for you. This will also prevent websites that use AddThis from learning about your interests in order to personalize their content or services for you.

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.

Banner Adverts

We fund our site by showing adverts as you browse our site. These adverts are usually managed by a partner specialising in providing adverts for multiple sites. Invariably these partners place cookies to collect anonymous data about the websites you visits so they can personalise the adverts to you, ensure that you don't see the same adverts too frequently and ultimately report to advertisers on which adverts are working. Our partners include:

  • Amazon Associates - no Amazon cookies, outwith the aStore shopping pages, are placed via this site and will only be used once you click on a relevant product link and are taken to the website. See the Amazon Advertising Preferences page.

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 websitesIt 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.The cookie information text on this site was derived from content provided by Attacat Internet Marketing, a marketing agency based in Edinburgh. If you need similar information for your own website you can use their free cookie audit tool.

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