What are Cookies?

Cookies are small files which are stored on a user’s computer. They are designed to hold a modest amount of data specific to a particular client and website, and can be accessed either by the web server or the client computer. This allows the server to deliver a page tailored to a particular user, or the page itself can contain some script which is aware of the data in the cookie and so is able to carry information from one visit to the website (or related site) to the next. Read more about cookies.

Managing cookies in your browser

Some people prefer not to allow cookies, which is why most browsers give you the ability to manage cookies to suit you.

Some browsers limit or delete cookies, so you may want to review your cookie settings and ads settings. In some browsers you can set up rules to manage cookies on a site-by-site basis, giving you more fine-grained control over your privacy. What this means is that you can disallow cookies from all sites except those that you trust.

Disabling cookies will often result in the website not functioning correctly and in some cases may stop the website functioning at all.

How can I delete and remove cookies?

Cookies are maintained by your web browser, so the method for deleting them will vary depending on which browser you are using. Read more about deleting cookies.

If you have any questions about the cookies used on this website, please write to us by email to our Data Protection officer (DPO)

Basic Cookies used on this website

Name Description Expiration Type
exp_csrf_token A security cookie used to identify the user and prevent Cross Site Request Forgery attacks. 2 hours Strictly Necessary
exp_flash Control panel user feedback messages, encrypted for security. 1 day Strictly Necessary
exp_last_activity Records the time of the last page load. Used in conjunction with the last_visit cookie. 1 year Strictly Necessary
exp_last_visit Date of the user’s last visit. Can be shown as a statistic for members and used by the forum to show unread topics for both members and guests. 1 year Strictly Necessary
exp_remember Determines whether a user is automatically logged in upon visiting the site. 2 weeks Strictly Necessary
exp_sessionid Session id, used to associate a logged in user with their data. 1-2 hours Strictly Necessary
exp_tracker Contains the last 5 pages viewed, encrypted for security. Typically used for form or error message returns. Session Functionality
exp_visitor_consents Saves responses to Consent requests for non-logged in visitors 1 year Strictly Necessary
_gid Google Analytics 24 hours Analytical/performance
gat_gtag_UA_xxxxxxxx_x Google Analytics 10 minutes Analytical/performance
_ga Google Analytics 2 years Analytical/performance