What are cookies?
If you are using OpenSource Connections’ website, chances are you know this already. A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer if you let us. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer’s hard drive.
Why do we use them?
What cookies do we use?
We use the following cookies:
- Necessary cookies. The name says it all. These are cookies that we need for our website to operate. They include things like cookies that enable us to differentiate between people using the same IP address.
- Analytical or performance cookies. These help us recognize and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by make sure users can find what they are looking for easily. That’s pretty important to search relevance engineers like us!
Here are some of the individual cookies we use and the purposes which we use them for:
|Cookie Title||Purpose and Description||Cookie Type||How long will it take to expire?|
|_ _cfduid||This cookie is essential for our site. It’s set by CloudFare and it’s used to differentiate between people using the same IP address and it applies security settings on “per-user” basis, so we don’t get you mixed up. It doesn’t correspond to any user ID in the web application and it doesn’t store any personal data.||Necessary||1 month|
|_ _ utma||This cookie is set by Google Analytics and it’s used to distinguish users and sessions. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.||Performance||2 years|
|_ _utmc||This cookie is set by Google Analytics. It’s used to enable interoperability with an older version of Google Analytics. It’s used together with the UTMB cookie to work out when users are making new visits and starting new sessions on our website.||Performance||This cookie is deleted when you close the browser.|
|_ _utmt||This cookie is set by Google Analytics and it’s used to limit the number of requests you can submit if you click on something lots of times in a short space of time, to improve our website’s performance.||Performance||10 minutes|
|_ _utmz||This cookie is set by Google Analytics. It’s used to store information about how you were directed to our website, for example, through a search engine, or by clicking on a link. This helps us to estimate our audience size and the usage pattern of our visitors.||Performance||5 months|
|_ _utmb||This cookie is set by Google Analytics. It’s used to identify when people are making new visits to our website. This cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.||Performance||30 minutes|
We don’t share the information collected by the cookies with any third parties.
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 find that you’re unable to access all or parts of our website.