Cookies

Effective Date: 02/11/2014

  1. What are cookies?
    A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we put on your computer if you agree. Our site’s functionality will be limited if you do not agree. Cookies are widely used to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the site owner or others. Session cookies are temporary cookies that remain in the cookie file of your browser until you leave the site. Persistent cookies stay in the cookie file of your browser for longer (though how long will depend on the lifetime of the specific cookie).For further information on cookies, visit www.allaboutcookies.org.
  1. The kinds of cookies that we use
    Here are the kinds of cookies that we use over our many websites:
Type / purpose of cookie Session / persistent (max period) Placed by More info
Preferences & Personalisation: These cookies store preferences and enable us to personalise our service to you eg remember your name / log-in details if you log back in to the site. Session & Persistent
(1 year)
WOW Media Please contact us.
Cookie to remember accepting cookies: This cookie is used to record if you have accepted the use of cookies. Persistent (2 years) WOW Media Please contact us.
Security: Cookies are used to override any security restrictions based on the IP address you are coming from (e.g., if you are in a public place where there are a bunch of infected machines, but your machine is known trusted, then the cookie can override the security setting) Persistent (8 years) WOW Media Please contact us.
Newsletter pop up window uses cookies to remember if you have closed it and also to provide statistics relating to use of the pop up, eg the amount of times the pop up is displayed to a user. Persistent (7 days) WOW Media Please contact us.
Convenience and targeting on registration – Stores information to save entering it again at a later step, information stored also helps to target offers. Persistent (1 day) WOW Media Please contact us.
Split Testing: We use cookies to show different versions of a page to different users in order to gauge user preferences. Persistent (7 days) WOW Media Please contact us.
Bad Behavoir plugin uses cookies to validate the security of your network connection, it records your IP address and the time of your most recent visit to our site.  Specifically it is used to track spammers who change their IP addresses. Session WOW Media Please contact us.
Retargeting: On some of our websites we place cookies on your computer so we can do ad re-targeting across the web and Facebook. Session & Persistent (infinite) WOW Media Please contact us.
Test Cookie: We may place a cookie to perform a cookie check on your browser. Session WOW Media Please contact us.
Tracking cookies: Our sites use cookies to track clicks, purchases or other actions which you take connection with offers on our sites. These are persistent cookies which remain in your computer for up to a month. Persistent (one month) WOW Media Please contact us.
Tracking cookies in advertisements on affiliate sites:  The advertisements we place on affiliate sites in the Wow Trk affiliate network include tracking cookies which are dropped onto the computers of users of those affiliate sites. Those cookies are used to track clicks, impressions, leads, sales or other actions taken by users in connection with those advertisements. These are persistent cookies which remain on the computer of the user for up to a month. Persistent (one month) WOW Media Please contact us.
Email tracking: If you use any of our websites to register to receive communications via email then messages you receive may be trackable at an individual level, allowing us to determine, for example, opens and link clicks. This information is generally used to help assess the effectiveness of communications so that we can improve them and may occasionally be used to send relevant further communications in response to your actions. Persistent (1 year) WOW Media Please contact us.
Referral ID cookie: Some of our websites may place a cookie to track which website or person referred you to our site. Persistent (1 month) WOW Media Please contact us.
Analytical cookies: These recognize and count the number of visitors as well as providing other information about the visit such as duration, route through the site and what sites the visitor came from. This information helps us to improve the way our site works, for example by making sure users find what they need easily. Session & Persistent (2 years) Google Click herefor information about privacy at Google. Google requires us to tell you the following:“This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”).  Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage.  Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.  You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser. However please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website.  By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.”
We use a range of third party advertisers and advertising companies to fill ad space on our own sites. These third parties use session / persistent cookies and other similar technologies (known as action tags, single pixel gifs and web beacons) to assess information about your visits to this and other sites.  This is so they can track the effectiveness of their campaigns (including whether these advertisements are clicked on or viewed by users and later purchases by such users), avoid showing you the same advertisement repeatedly, store opt-out preferences and display advertisements on this and other sites tailored to your preferences. Session & Persistent
(14 years)
Doubleclick,
AdRoll,
AppNexus and other third party advertising companies
Click here for more info about privacy:
Doubleclick
AdRoll
AppNexus
For more information about these practices and to know your choices about not having this information used by certain of these companies, please click here.
Desk.com provide technology services relating to our support function. Their cookies are used for keeping you logged in, security, debugging, for spam protection, analytics and to track the last site the browser logged into. Persistent (10 years) Desk.com Click here for information about privacy at Desk.com.
Chartbeat cookies are used to register if the user has visited our website before and to count traffic. Persistent (30 days) Chartbeat Click here for information about privacy at Chartbeat.
Social network share buttons use cookies. For information about each social share/button you should contact the individual social network concerned. Session & Persistent (10 years) Facebook
Twitter
Google+
Linked In
For information about privacy at:
Facebook – click here
Twitter – click here
Google+ – click here
Linked In – click here
AddThis provide social network share buttons. The AddThis cookies track your geo-location, user id and login time. They also track view counts, service share history. They measure how often they see an AddThis user. And use a cookie for determining expiration of other cookies Session & Persistent (2 years) AddThis Click here for information about privacy at AddThis.
Skimlinks use cookies to collect information they need to optimize the product/merchant links they monetize/show on our sites, and improve the service they provide to us and to you. Skimlinks also use them to identify users who wish to opt out of the Skimlinks tracking. Session & Persistent (10 years) Skimlinks Click here for information about privacy at Skimlinks.
We use Zopim for our live chat client. Zopim uses cookies to store the live chat ID used to identify your device across visits and also across chat sessions. It also uses a cookie to store a user’s preference to disable Live Chat and cease using cookies. Session & Persistent (1 year) Zopim & WOW Media Click here for information about privacy at Zopim.
We use the Disqus Commenting platform across many of our sites to make it easier for users to post comments and manage comments. You can find out a full use of cookies Disqus place on their website. Session & Persistent (1 year) Disqus & WOW Media Click here for information about privacy at Disqus.
  1. Controlling cookies
    Click here to learn how to control your cookies. Please contact us by the means shown on our website if you any further questions about this.

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