What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer or mobile device when you browse most websites. They are used by web developers to improve your user experience by including additional functionality, ranging from saving your settings during and between visits to noting your site visit for analytical purposes.
There are two types of cookies:
- Session cookies expire as soon you close the browser and are most commonly used to help users navigate the site by storing information on their location and the pages they have visited. An example of this could be a site with a login process; in order for the site to remember that you are logged in a cookie must be stored, otherwise every time you move to a new page you will be logged out
- Persistent or permanent cookies remain on your computer once you have closed the browser down, relying on a time limit for self-deletion. Most of these range from 30 days to 1 year, but it’s possible for them to last until 3012. These are most commonly used for personalising a web experience, so that the site “remembers” you from previous visits, or other sites, and can display relevant information
All cookies can be permanently disabled using your browser’s security options, although most websites will fail to function correctly without cookies.
For more information on how to disable cookies please consult the About Cookies website.
Cookies used on the Baxi website
Below is a list of the different cookies we use on our website. These cookies are either set by ourselves (Baxi), or from other websites such as Google. Cookies that are set by Baxi are known as first party cookies, whereas cookies set from other websites are known as third party cookies. Unfortunately we cannot guarantee the listing of every cookie set from a third party website, as they can change at any time.
Baxi (ARPT, baxiuk_sessionID, ASP.NET_SessionId, X-Mapping-sample, _qca)
These cookies have been set by Baxi to provide the following functions:
- ARPT is a load balancing cookie, which helps improve website performance, such as reducing the time it takes to load a new page
- baxiuk_sessionID helps improve your user experience by tailoring the website content you see, it also remembers which visitor option you selected when you change the content view
- ASP.NET_SessionId, supports your use of the website, particularly iterative elements such as filling in contact forms
- X-Mapping-sample is a cookie found on the product selector tool to keep the users’ website experience intact
- _qca is a cookie used on the Baxi blog. It is set by the WordPress Jetpack plugin to help WordPress look at how many people visit our blog
ScorecardResearch (UID, UIDR)
These cookies are set on our Baxi Blog. ScorecardResearch is a service offered by Full Circle Studies Inc, which is part of comScore Inc. comScore Inc. describe themselves as a leading global market research corporation, focussed on studying and reporting Internet trends and behaviour. These cookies allow it to report on how often a user visits the website as well as their IP address. You can automatically Opt-Out from receiving ScorecardResearch cookies by clicking on the ScorecardResearch Opt-Out page.
Quantserve (mc, d)
Our Baxi Blog is hosted on WordPress, which is a popular blogging tool. WordPress use Quantcast, which sets up these Quantserve cookies to provide them with various website usage statistics. Quantcast is a behavioural advertising and audience research company. Users have the option to Opt-Out from receiving Quantcast interest based contents and advertisements, this includes their website monitoring metrics by visiting Quantcast Opt-Out.
Google Analytics (_utma, _utmb, _utmc, _utmz)
Google Analytics is one of the most popular web analytics packages. Google Analytics uses these cookies to help us look at how many people visit our site, what pages they look at and how long they stay on each page. This information helps us identify ways we can improve your experience of our website.
YouTube (VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE, use_hitbox)
At present YouTube will set these cookies on pages displaying YouTube hosted videos.
- VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE attempts to estimate the video speed for a particular YouTube hosted video. YouTube uses this data to identify ways it can help improve your viewing experience by determining the amount of time you need to wait before you can watch the video. It also helps determine the quality of the video you can watch. This cookie can also be used by an Internet Service Provider
- use_hitbox increments the ‘views’ counter on the YouTube video
Google +1 is a social networking service provided by Google. Its aim is to promote quality content by allowing Google users to recommend the website content on a page by clicking on the Google + 1 button. You are then able to view all of the website content you have liked. The PREF cookie enables Google to identify Google + 1 users so you can like the page.
YouTube Video Speed looks at how YouTube uses the VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE cookie.
Quantcast Opt-Out page.
ScorecardResearch Opt-Out page (Upon clicking this page ScorecardResearch will automatically activate the Opt-Out action).
Cookies in email marketing