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Cookies on IdeasTap

What is a cookie?

Cook-ie [kook-ee]

noun

  1. A small, flat, baked treat, usually containing fat, flour, eggs and sugar, commonly garnished with chocolate chips.
  2. A small text file stored on your computer, sent by a web server to a browser and sent back to the server each time the browser requests a web page.

 

Cookies. Mmmmmm…

Remember the good old days when all we had to think about were the simple, delicious, baked variety? What happy, innocent times they were.

These days we encounter a rather less calorific and considerably duller type of cookie every time we connect to the internet. 

As the helpful dictionary definition above explains, web cookies are tiny text files that are saved either in the memory of your computer (a “session cookie”) or on your hard drive (a “persistent cookie”) by the websites you visit.

These cookies perform a number of functions but they are primarily used by websites to identify and remember you. They make navigating sites easier by saving your preferences, remembering your passwords, keeping you logged in and retaining items in your shopping basket as you browse.

Without cookies, you would have to log back into IdeasTap every time you navigated to a new page, for example. Which would be annoying.

Nearly all websites use cookies, and most cannot function properly without the use of at least some. Others cookies are less critical, however.

For example, some websites use certain cookies to show you targeted ads based on your browsing history. This is either helpful or a little scary, depending on your perspective.

 

How can I block cookies? 

You can dictate which cookies your browser allows and which it rejects – and if you really don’t like cookies at all, you can block them completely. But do beware that blocking all cookies will lead to a limited experience of many websites that you visit.

Find out how to block cookies by visiting http://www.aboutcookies.org.

If you use different browsers – Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari (etc) – and want to limit the use of cookies, then you’ll need to edit your cookie preferences in every browser you use. And you’ll need to do this on every computer, tablet, smartphone (etc) that you access the internet from. Fun! 

 

How does IdeasTap use cookies?

At IdeasTap we use the minimum number of cookies possible – and where we do use them it’s always to improve the user experience of the site. That includes keeping you logged in during your session (from the point you log in until the point you close your browser), remembering your password, preserving your security settings and tracking journeys through the site so that we can see which sections of the site get the most traffic – and therefore where we should spend our development budget.

Below is a list of each of the cookies we use with a brief explanation of what its purpose is. If you’re unhappy with any of them, you can find out how to block them by visiting http://www.aboutcookies.org

But please do be aware that the site will not perform as well without some of them, especially if you want to do anything on the site that involves being logged in (applying for briefs, connecting to people, signing up for Spa events and so on).

If you have any questions about our use of cookies, drop us an email at info@ideastap.com. You can also read our privacy policy and our terms and conditions

 

Google Analytics Cookies

Name

Purpose

Expires

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This is a standard anonymous Google Analytics cookie that helps us count how many people have visited our site.

After two years

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This is a standard anonymous Google Analytics cookie that helps us measure how long people stay on the site. This one tells us when a user enters the site.

After 30 minutes

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This is a standard anonymous Google Analytics cookie that helps us measure how long people stay on the site. This one tells us when a user leaves the site.

At the end of the session

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This is a standard anonymous Google Analytics cookie that helps us see how people get to our site. Do they use search engines? What keywords have they used to find us?

After six months

 

Other cookies

Name

Purpose

Expires

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Purpose: This cookie simply updates the 'share' count on our little share buttons across the site. No data is captured, it is simply so that when you share something your share is included in the total number you see, without you needing to refresh the page.

After two years

 

Cookie Monster image by edwardkimuk, available under a Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) licence

 

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