Cookies are small files which are stored on a user’s computer. They are designed to hold a reasonable 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.
What cookies do we use?
We can classify cookies into two separate categories, being those what are necessary for the functionality of the website, and those which we collect to analyse your activity to improve how the website works. The table below gives you a brief explanation of what types of cookies we collect, what the source of the cookies is, why we use the cookie, how long we retain the cookie, and whether the cookie is necessary for the website’s functionality or not:
|Name of cookie||Source||Expiry / Retention period of cookie||Purpose of the cookie||Is it necessary for the website’s functionality?||How can you block the cookie|
|__GA||Google Analytics||Varies from 10 minutes to 2 years||To better understand who is visiting our site and how they use it. More info at: https://developers.google.com/analytics/devguides/collection/analyticsjs/cookie-usage||No||From the browser settings. Also see: https://support.google.com/analytics|
|__cfduid||CloudFlare||1 Year||To avoid DDOS attacks||Yes – for its added security||See: https://support.cloudflare.com/hc/en-us/articles/200170156-What-does-the-Cloudflare-cfduid-cookie-do|
|wordpress_[hash] wordpress_logged_in_[hash]||WordPress – Restricted area (when user is logged in)||2 weeks||To verify user and the respective access rights||Yes – for the restricted area||See: https://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_Cookies|
|woocommerce_cart_hash||WooCommerce||At end of session||To keep track of products in the cart and identify when the cart data changes||Yes – for the shopping cart to work||See: https://docs.woocommerce.com/document/woocommerce-cookies/|
|woocommerce_items_in_cart||WooCommerce||At end of session||To keep track of products in the cart and identify when the cart data changes||Yes – for the shopping cart to work||See: https://docs.woocommerce.com/document/woocommerce-cookies/|
|woocommerce_recently_viewed||WooCommerce||At end of session||To display recently viewed products||No||See: https://docs.woocommerce.com/document/woocommerce-cookies/|
|wp_woocommerce_session_||WooCommerce||2 days||Stores a unique code for each customer so that it knows where to find the cart data in the database for each customer||Yes – for the shopping cart to work.||See: https://docs.woocommerce.com/document/woocommerce-cookies/|