What are Cookies?
Cookies are small files that are downloaded to your computer when you use a website. They collect and hold small amounts of data that enhance the user’s online experience. Cookies can “remember” who you are when you come back to a site and can deliver pages specifically tailored to an individual user. For example, cookies are used to save information like usernames so that they don’t have to be re-entered every time you come back to a site.
Can Cookies be Disabled?
The cookies we set are used for a variety of different purposes. Occasionally, we will ask our readers to complete a survey in order to improve our service and receive valuable feedback on how we’re doing. Cookies keep track of who’s already completed the survey (so that you don’t keep being asked to participate) and maintains the information you’ve already entered when you change pages.
Cookies are also used to store information when you fill out a form like the ones on our contact and comment pages. They also remember your preferences so that the site runs the same way for you every time you come back to visit us.
Third Party Cookies
We use Google Analytics to understand who is using our site and how we can better meet the needs and interests of our readers. Cookies associated with this program track things like how long you spend on our site and which articles are the most popular. This helps us tailor our future content to what our users most want to read about.
Improvements to the site may also be tracked using cookies. We want to know whether our minor tweaks and changes are enhancing user experience, and which ones are working well.
Our site sells products and services, so we also need to be able to track what our clients are buying so that we can better monitor advertising and product costs. The Google AdSense service is also used to limit the number of times you are shown an advertisement and to make the content more relevant to your interests.