What is a cookie?

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small text file that a website saves on your computer or mobile device when you visit the website. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit, or to another website that recognizes that cookie, to develop a record of the user’s online activity. Cookies on this site may be delivered in a first-party or third-party (set by another website) context and may also be set in association with emails you receive from us.

Cookies help us enhance your experience when using the website. They also help us understand how people use our site, such as which pages are most popular, so that we can better serve our site users and members.

Opt-In and Opt-Out

We use the following types of cookies:


Essential cookies make this website usable by enabling basic functions like page navigation. These cookies do not gather information about you that could be used for marketing purposes and do not remember where you have been on the internet. This category of cookies cannot be disabled, and this website cannot function properly without these cookies.

Name Provider Expiry Purpose


Preference cookies enable a website to remember information that changes the way the website behaves or looks, like your preferred language or the region that you are in.

Name Provider Expiry Purpose


Analytics cookies help website owners to understand how visitors use their website. The cookies collect anonymous data which is aggregated to show us how the website is being used.

Name Provider Expiry Purpose
_gid Google 1 day Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.
1P_JAR Google 30 days These cookies are used to deliver adverts more relevant to you and your interests
NID Google 6 months These cookies are used to deliver adverts more relevant to you and your interests
DV Google Session These cookies are used to deliver adverts more relevant to you and your interests
ANID Google 2 years These cookies are used to deliver adverts more relevant to you and your interests
_ga Google Session This first party Google Analytics cookie is used to distinguish users when collecting information about page visits. This cookie helps us to identify website areas to be improved and it does not allow us to identify user personally as no personal information or data is tracked.
_gcl_au Google Tag Manager 3 mos Used to track conversions
__cfduid Cloudflare 30 days To Identify trusted web traffic.
_hjid Hotjar 1yr To store a unique user ID.


Marketing cookies are used to track visitors across websites. The intention is collect information that allows us to evaluate the effectiveness of our marketing campaigns and provide you with more relevant marketing and advertisements.

Name Provider Expiry Purpose
__stidv ShareThis 1 year Monitors “user-activity”, e.g. Web pages viewed, navigation from page to page, time spent on each page etc. The ShareThis service only personally identifies you if you have separately signed up with ShareThis for a ShareThis account and given them your consent. If you are interested in reading the privacy policy of ShareThis you can find it here.
_stid ShareThis 1yr Marketing…to track audience reach
_fbp Facebook 3 mos To track visits across websites
__hssc Hubspot 30min This cookie keeps track of sessions, is used to determine if HubSpot should increment the session number and timestamps in the __hstc cookie, contains the domain, viewCount (increments each pageView in a session), and session start timestamp.
__hstc HubSpot 1yr Marketing. to store time of visit
__hssrc HubSpot Session Whenever HubSpot changes the session cookie, this cookie is also set to determine if the visitor has restarted their browser
hubspotutk HubSpot 1yr Track a user’s identity

How to Control and Delete Cookies

Many of the cookies used on our website and through emails can be disabled by disabling the cookies through your browser. To disable cookies through your browser, follow the instructions usually located within the “Help,” “Tools” or “Edit” menus in your browser. Disabling a cookie or category of cookies does not delete the cookie from your browser. However, you can manually delete cookies through your browser function.