About Cookies

Most websites you visit will use cookies in order to improve your user experience by enabling that website to ‘remember’ you, either for the duration of your visit (using a ‘session cookie’) or for repeat visits (using a ‘persistent cookie’).

 

Cookies do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, storing your preferences, and generally improving your experience of a website. Cookies make the interaction between you and the website faster and easier. If a website doesn’t use cookies, it will think you are a new visitor every time you move to a new page on the site – for example, when you enter your login details and move to another page it won’t recognise you and it won’t be able to keep you logged in.

 

Some websites will also use cookies to enable them to target their advertising or marketing messages based for example, on your location and/or browsing habits.

 

Cookies may be set by the website you are visiting (‘first party cookies’) or they may be set by other websites who run content on the page you are viewing (‘third party cookies’). Find out more.

 

What is in a cookie?

 

A cookie is a simple text file that is stored on your computer or mobile device by a website’s server and only that server will be able to retrieve or read the contents of that cookie. Each cookie is unique to your web browser. It will contain some anonymous information such as a unique identifier and the site name and some digits and numbers. It allows a website to remember things like your preferences or what’s in your shopping basket.

 

What to do if you don’t want cookies to be set

 

Some people find the idea of a website storing information on their computer or mobile device a bit intrusive, particularly when this information is stored and used by a third party without them knowing. Although this is generally quite harmless you may not, for example, want to see advertising that has been targeted to your interests. If you prefer, it is possible to block some or all cookies, or even to delete cookies that have already been set; but you need to be aware that you might lose some functions of that website.

 

This website (www.missteenafrica.com) will set four removable Google Analytic cookies on your web browser software. These are listed in the table below.

 

What are cookies? A cookie is a parcel of text sent between a web browser and the server it accesses. Without a cookie a web server cannot distinguish between different users, or determine any relationship between sequential page visits made by the same user. For this reason, cookies are used to differentiate one user from another and to pass information from page to page during a single user’s website session. A web server uses cookies to collect data about a given browser, along with the information requested and sent by the browser’s operator (you the visitor). Cookies do not identify people, but rather they are defined themselves by a combination of a computer, a user account, and a browser.

 

For more information about cookies, see the Wikipedia article on HTTP Cookies.

 

How Google Analytics uses cookies

 

Google Analytics (and most web tracking software) uses cookies in order to provide meaningful reports about website visitors.

 

Google Analytics cookies do not collect personal data about website visitors.

 

Google Analytics uses cookies to define user sessions, as well as to provide a number of key features in the Google Analytics reports. Google Analytics sets or updates cookies only to collect data required for the reports. Additionally, Google Analytics uses only first-party cookies. This means that all cookies set by Google Analytics for duchesspr.com send data only to the servers for duchesspr.com, therefore our Google Analytics cookies are the personal property of this website domain, and the data cannot be altered or retrieved by any service on another domain.

 

The following table lists the Google Analytics cookies used on this website.

 

Name    Description         Expiration

__utma                This cookie is typically written to the browser on the first visit to this website. If the cookie has been deleted by the user and they return to this website, a new __utma cookie is written with a different unique ID. This cookie is used to determine unique visitors to this website and it is updated with each page view. Additionally, this cookie is provided with a unique ID that Google Analytics uses to ensure both the validity and accessibility of the cookie as an extra security measure.            2 years from set/update.

__utmb                This cookie is used to establish and continue a user session on this website. When a user views a page on this website, the Google Analytics code attempts to update this cookie. If it does not find the cookie, a new one is written and a new session is established. Each time a user visits a different page on this website, this cookie is updated to expire in 30 minutes, thus continuing a single session for as long as user activity continues within 30-minute intervals. This cookie expires when a user pauses on a page on this website for longer than 30 minutes.           30 minutes from set/update.

__utmc                This cookie is no longer used by the ga.js (Google Analytic Java Script) tracking code to determine session status.  Not set.

__utmz                This cookie stores the type of referral used by the visitor to reach this website, whether via a direct method, a referring link, a website search, or a campaign such as an ad or an email link. It is essentially used to calculate search engine traffic, ad campaigns and page navigation within this website. The cookie is updated with each page view on this website.      6 months from set/update.

Cookie Identification and removal

 

Since most web sites set cookies, you can look at this data yourself by inspecting the cookies via your browser’s menu. For example, if you are using Firefox on a Apple computer select FIREFOX > PREFERENCES. Select PRIVACY in the tab bar and click on the SHOW COOKIES button to see a list of all cookies set on your browser – by domain or I.P. address. Once you select a domain or I.P. address from the list, click on the cookie name to see its settings. You can choose to remove the selected cookie(s) if you wish. See more details here: Removing cookies in Firefox.

 

Cookie Expiration

 

When a cookie expires, it is no longer present on the web browser and therefore not sent to the server. As you can see from the cookie table listed above, the Google Analytics cookies have a variety of expiration dates, all of which serve different purposes.

 

Google Analytics sets an expiration date of 2 years for unique visitor tracking. However, if you delete my cookies and revisit this website site Google Analytics will set new cookies (including new unique visitor cookies) for each visitor.

 

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