Links to other sites
Our website may include hyperlinks to other websites that are not operated or controlled by us. This policy only applies to our website and we are not responsible for the content or the privacy practises of third party websites.
When you sign up for a free email service we store your email address along with any other information you provide. This information may include, but is not limited to, details such as your name and email address. By signing up to a free email service, or subscribing for a free or paid service or product, you agree to the collection, storage and processing of your information in the manner set out in this policy.
We use the information we collect from you to process orders, identify personal preferences and match your needs with relevant products and services. If you have signed up for a free email service, we use the information you provide to send the email to you.
We also use your data to improve the services and support we offer, and to provide a better, more relevant experience for you.
Should you wish to unsubscribe at any time, instructions on how to do so are included with every email.
Advertising in free emails
We fund our free emails by promoting our own products and services. Occasionally we may recommend a 3rd party product which we will be compensated for if you purchase.
What are cookies?
Cookies are tiny text files which are downloaded onto your computer, tablet or mobile phone via your browser when you visit a website. They enable specific details about your visit to our website to be recorded, retrieved and analysed by our site during subsequent visits or by other sites that recognise the cookie.
Cookies are essential to the effective operation of our website and if you are a subscriber of our paid services for you to view the members’ only content. Cookies on this site also help to tailor the products and services offered and advertised to our customers, both on this website and elsewhere.
Cookies can’t harm your computer and they don’t identify individual users.
Cookies on our website
Here’s a list of the cookies we use, along with a description of what they do. We’ve divided them into those that are needed for you to be able to use our website (strictly necessary), those that improve your experience of the site or our services (functionality), those that help us analyse how the site is doing and how we might improve it (performance), and those that help us and third parties bring you advertising that might interest you (advertising).
|Strictly Necessary – Cookies that are needed for you to use our website|
|Cookie name||Cookie Purpose|
|PHPSESSID,||These cookies check if you’re a subscriber to our paid for services, and if you are, they remember a valid password has been entered as you move between pages on our website during a visit. If you’re a subscriber to paid services and you disable these cookies you won’t be able to view content that your subscription entitles you to view.|
|Functionality – Cookies that improve your experience of our website and our services|
|Cookie Name||Cookie Purpose|
|e_m_bazooka, eMember_in_use, comment_author, comment_author_email, wpmfcookie||Some of our websites have members areas and forums. When you login to a members area the first two cookies help the site to remember that you are logged in so you can access any members only page without having to provide your details again. If you make a comment on our site as a guest user (ie you do not have a username and password), the second two cookies remember your name, email and website URL. This is purely a convenience, so that you won’t need to re-type all your information again when you want to leave another comment. The final cookie remembers the date of your last visit so that you can see which threads and comments have been added since you last checked the forum.|
|guest_id, xtc, uid, _atuvc, uit, di, dt, loc, oo, pt, ck, sess, uuid2, uuid, mt_mop, bcookie, X-LI-IDC||At the foot of each of our articles there are buttons which allows you to share the article with others. We also display our latest tweets on our website. These cookies, from Add This, Facebook, Google, Twitter and Linked In allow you to share content. We don’t control the setting of these cookies so we suggest you check their websites for more information about their cookies and how to manage them.|
|PREF||We use a Google search engine on some of our sites to help you to find the content you are looking for. The PREF cookie is set by Google and may store your preferences and other information, in particular your preferred language (e.g. English), how many search results you wish to have shown per page (e.g. 10 or 20), and whether or not you wish to have Google’s SafeSearch filter turned on. We don’t control the setting of this cookie so we suggest you check their websites for more information about their cookies and how to manage them.|
|Performance – Cookies that help us analyse how our website and services are doing and how we might improve them|
|Cookie name||Cookie Purpose|
|__qca, mc||These cookies help us take and analyse website visitor information.|
|x, xcode, y, c||These cookies help us to see how our email and web marketing campaigns are performing.|
|id, test_cookie||These cookies tell us how our “pay per click” marketing campaigns on Google are performing and help us test new offers.|
|is_returning||We sometimes use this cookie, from Crazy Egg, to analyse how much of our material readers view and to help us tailor the site to your needs.|
|Advertising – Cookies that help us and third parties bring you advertising that is more likely to interest you|
|Cookie name||Cookie Purpose|
|a29854b3488, btag, ASPSESSIONIDQCTTQQRC, ASP.NET_SessionId||These cookies are used to deliver adverts that might be relevant to you and your interests. They are also used to help measure the effectiveness of an advertising campaign.These cookies are dropped by our advertising partners. We don’t control the setting of these cookies so we suggest you check their website for more information about their cookies and how to manage them.|
More information on cookies, including how to manage them
As explained above, cookies help you to get the most out of our website. If you disable our cookies you may find that certain sections of our website don’t work, for example, you may have difficulties viewing subscription only articles. It also means that other areas of the site may not work as well as you would like.
However, if you would like to disable cookies the ‘help’ option on the menu bar of most browsers will tell you how to prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, how to have the browser notify you when you receive a new cookie, and how to disable cookies altogether. We’ve set out below how to manage cookies on the most common browsers.
If you would like to learn more about cookies in general, or how to disable targeted advertising cookies, you can visit http://www.youronlinechoices.eu/.
The links we’ve included open in new windows. Please note that we are not responsible for the content of third party websites.
Managing cookies using your browser
- Click on the three lines icon (usually found top-right corner).
- Click on the ‘Settings’ link.
- In the ‘Privacy’ section, select the ‘Content settings’ button
- To enable cookies: select ‘Allow local data to be set’ option
- To disable cookies: select ‘Block all cookies’ option
- Note there are various levels of cookie enablement and disablement in Chrome. For more information on other cookie settings offered in Chrome, refer to the following page from Google: http://support.google.com/chrome/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=95647
Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0, 7.0, 8.0
- Click on ‘Tools’ at the top of your browser window and select ‘Internet Options’
- In the options window navigate to the ‘Privacy’ tab
- To enable cookies: Set the slider to ‘Medium’ or below
- To disable cookies: Move the slider to the top to block all cookies
- Note there are various levels of cookie enablement and disablement in Explorer. For more information on other cookie settings offered in Internet Explorer, refer to the following page from Microsoft: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/windows-vista/Block-or-allow-cookies
Microsoft Internet Explorer 9.0
- Open Internet Explorer by clicking the Start button. In the search box, type Internet Explorer, and then, in the list of results, click Internet Explorer.
- Click the Tools button , point to Safety, and then click Delete browsing history.
- Select the Cookies check box, and then click Delete.
- For more information on other cookie settings offered in Internet Explorer 9, refer to the following page from Microsoft: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/windows7/How-to-manage-cookies-in-Internet-Explorer-9
- Click on ‘Tools’ at the browser menu and select ‘Options’
- Select the ‘Privacy’ panel
- To enable cookies: Leave unchecked ‘Tell websites I do not want to be tracked’.
- To disable cookies: Check ‘Tell websites I do not want to be tracked’.
- Note there are various levels of cookie enablement and disablement in Firefox. For more information, refer to the following page from Mozilla:http://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/Enabling%20and%20disabling%20cookies
- Click on ‘Setting’ at the browser menu and select ‘Settings’
- Select ‘Privacy’
- To enable cookies: check “Accept Cookies”
- To disable cookies: uncheck “Accept Cookies”
- Note there are various levels of cookie enablement and disablement in Opera. For more information on other cookie settings offered in Opera, refer to the following page from Opera Software:http://www.opera.com/browser/tutorials/security/privacy/
Safari on OSX
- Click on ‘Safari’ at the menu bar and select the ‘Preferences’ option
- Click on ‘Security’
- To enable cookies: In the ‘Accept cookies’ section select ‘Only from site you navigate to’
- To disable cookies: In the ‘Accept cookies’ section select ‘Never’
- Note there are various levels of cookie enablement and disablement in Safari. For more information on other cookie settings offered in Safari, refer to the following page from Apple: http://support.apple.com/kb/PH5042
Pixels in our html emails
In order to improve the emails and marketing we send you, our html emails may contain a campaign-unique “web beacon pixel”. The single pixel records when an email is opened. This means we can assess which of our emails are more popular and what advertising our readers prefer. We can also inform our advertisers how many readers have clicked on their advertisements.
As with cookies, the pixel doesn’t harm your computer and it doesn’t identify individual users. We currently only provide our emails in HTML format, so if you do not wish to receive the pixel, you would need to unsubscribe from our emails.
We’re giving you this information as part of our initiative to comply with recent legislation, and to make sure we’re honest and clear about your privacy when using our website and our services.
We monitor developments in privacy and cookie-related best practice closely and if we think changes to our policy would be of benefit to you we’ll make a change to our policy.
Right to data
You have the right to ask us for a copy of the personal information we hold about you, and to correct any inaccuracies in that information.