Cookie Policy

The majority of websites use cookies to track a visitor’s journey through their website. These cookies can enhance your user experience on websites, by letting the website remember your preferences. A website can remember a visitor in two ways;

  • For the duration of the website visit using a session cookie; or
  • For repeat visits to the website using a persistent cookie.

Cookies are useful for several reasons, including;

  • Allowing you to navigate between website pages efficiently
  • Stores your preferences
  • Improves your website journey
  • Creates interaction between you and the websites faster and easier
  • Enables websites to target advertising based on your browsing habits

A cookie is a small file that websites put on your computer when you first visit a website which gives you a unique identification for that site. These cookies allow a website to remember your preferences, what pages you have viewed and what is in your shopping basket.

This site uses the following cookies (type 1 are strictly necessary to the functioning of the site, type 2 are not):

Service Provider Cookie Name Cookie Type Expiration Content
Cyber Advisory Service wordpress_test_cookie 1 session Tests whether or not the browser has cookies enabled
Cyber Advisory Service PHPSESSID 1 session Tracks the user session
Google Analytics __utma 2 2 years Helps to identify sessions of visitors
Google Analytics __utmb 2 30 minutes Helps to identify new visitors to the Site
Google Analytics __utmc 2 session Helps to identify new visitors to the Site
Google Analytics __utmt 2 10 minutes Helps to throttle traffic rate for Google servers
Google Analytics __utmz 2 2 years Helps to identify the traffic source of visitors
Google Analytics _ga 2 2 years Helps to identify sessions of visitors
Google Analytics _gat 2 10 minutes Helps to throttle traffic rate for Google servers

Turning your cookies off

Some website users find the use of cookies on websites intrusive; the thought of websites saving their preferences turns people off, especially when this data can be used by third parties without them knowing.

Even though cookies are harmless, if you do not want target advertisements following your website browsing usage you can turn off your cookie settings and block or delete the cookies that have been automatically set.

However, by doing this it may make some website functions unusable.

For any further information, please contact Cyber Advisory Service, InfoLab21, Lancaster University, Lancaster, LA1 4WA. Email info@cyberadvisoryservice.co.uk. Tel 0333 333 8435.