Cookies Policy

The Website uses cookies. A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we put on your computer if you agree. These cookies allow The Service Provider to distinguish you from other users of the website which helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse The Website and also allows us to improve The Website.

Session cookies

Session cookies allow websites to link the actions of a user during a browser session. They may be used for a variety of purposes such as remembering what a user has put in their shopping basket as they browse around a site. They could also be used for security when a user is accessing internet banking or to facilitate use of webmail. These session cookies expire after a browser session so would not be stored longer term. For this reason session cookies may sometimes be considered less privacy intrusive than persistent cookies.

ei_session Encrypted string Session ID
ei_sessionhash Encrypted string Message Boards session ID
ei_thread_lastview String Message Boards – Last Viewed Threads
skimlinks_enabled Value 1 Message Boards – Thread preferences
ei_forum_view String Message Boards – Forum View preferences
_utmc Random number Google Analytics
_bouncer Value 1 Welcome message
disable_mobile_version Value 1 Toggle between mobile/desktop versions of the website

Persistent cookies

Persistent cookies are stored on a users’ device in between browser sessions which allows the preferences or actions of the user across a site (or in some cases across different websites) to be remembered. Persistent cookies may be used for a variety of purposes including remembering users’ preferences and choices when using a site or to target advertising.

Strictly unnecessary cookies
ICO_auth Value 1 Controls your cookie preferences 12 Months
Performance Cookies
ei_lastvisit Number – Timestamp Message Boards – time of last visit 1 Year
ei_lastactivity Number – Time in seconds Message Boards – time since last activity 1 Year
ei_userid Number Message Boards – your user id when chosen option to remember your login 1 Year
ei_password Encrypted password Message Boards – encrypted password when chosen option to remember your login 1 Year
vbulletin_collapse String Message Boards – Main Forum View Preferences 1 Year
ea_csrf_cookie Encrypted string CSRF attack prevention 1 Year
Analytical Cookies

The Service Provider also use ‘analytical’ cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around the site when they’re using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example by making sure users are finding what they need easily.

_utma Encrypted string Session ID 2 Years
_utmb Encrypted string Message Boards session ID 30 Minutes
_utmc String Message Boards – Last Viewed Threads when you close your browser
_utmz Value 1 Message Boards – Thread preferences 6 Months

For more general information about cookies visit All About cookies website.
To find out how to turn cookies on and off in your browser visit following links:
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