What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files that may be stored on your computer or other device when you visit a website. They are generally used to make websites work, to keep track of your movements within the website, to understand your preferences / interests, support analytics and improve overall service offerings.
There are different types of cookies, and they can be distinguished on the basis of their origin, function and lifespan. Important characteristics of cookies include the following:
- First party cookies are cookies that are stored by the website you are visiting, while third party cookies are stored by a website other than the one you are visiting. Please note that we do not control the collection or further use of your data by third parties.
- Necessary cookies are necessary to allow the technical operation of a website (e.g., they enable you to move around on a website and to use its features).
- Performance cookies collect data on the performance of a website such as the number of visitors, the time spent on the website and error messages.
- Targeting/advertising cookies enable a website to send you personalized advertising.
- Session cookies are temporary cookies that are erased once you close your browser while persistent or permanent cookies stay on your device until you manually delete them or until your browser deletes them based on the duration period specified in the persistent cookie file.
- Distinguish between users;
- Improve the use and the functionality of our websites;
- Tailor our websites and services to your needs and preferences; and
- Analyze how our website is used and compile anonymous and aggregate statistics.
We do not use the collected information to create user profiles.
What types of cookies do we use?
An overview of the cookies used on this website with purpose is highlighted in the following table.
|Name||First Party or Third Party?||Duration||Purpose||Types of data collected|
|PHPSESSID||First Party||Session||Preserves user session state across page requests. Stored on Webserver||User IP Address|
|__ss||First Party||Session||Traffic Analytics||Sharpspring collects user interactions on website.|
|__ss_referrer||First Party||Session||Traffic Analytics|
|__ss_tk||First Party||25 Years||Traffic Analytics|
|_ga||First Party||2 Years||Statistics – Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.||Google Analytics does not collect PII. Only number of unique visitors to a page.|
|_gat_gtag_UA_17353924_1||First Party||Session||Statistics – Used by Google Analytics to throttle request rate|
|_gid||First Party||Session||Statistics – Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.|
|koitk||Third Party||10 Years||Marketing Automation|
|VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE||Third Party||180 Days||YouTube Analytics||Collects Visitor View Count|
|YSC||Third Party||Session||YouTube Analytics|
|PREF||Third Party||8 months||YouTube Analytics||Saves preferences of user for next videos|
|GPS||Third Party||Session||YouTube Analytics||Registers a unique ID on mobile devices to enable tracking based on geographical GPS location.|
|IDE||Third Party||1 year||Google Advertising Cookie|
|tfw_exp||Third Party||14 days||Twitter Analytics|
|Cookie_notice_accepted||Third Party||180 days||Preference||Saving cookie preference of user|
For more information on the third party cookies & their privacy policies please visit the following links to understand the purposes.
Google Analytics – https://termsfeed.com/blog/privacy-policy-google-analytics/
WordPress – https://wordpress.org/about/privacy/
SharpSpring – https://sharpspring.com/legal/privacy/
You can block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our site.