Cookies

When you browse a website, small text files called cookies may be placed on your device.

We use cookies to:

  • Speed up how quickly the site loads if you come back (caching)
  • Analyse how popular our pages and posts are (analytics)
  • Link buttons to social media platforms, e.g. Facebook or YouTube, to enable quick access to video clips and comments

We use some necessary cookies to make the website work better and set optional cookies to analyse and improve your journey around our website.

Optional cookies – statistical and marketing

We use Google Analytics cookies to collect, report, and improve our website’s experience, but the data this collects is anonymous.

We have included buttons for Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn social networks to enable easy access to video clips and The IT Training Surgery comments on these platforms.   These buttons work using pieces of code coming from these social networks and also create third party cookies.  Please read the privacy statements from these social media platforms to see how they process your personal data.

These optional cookies can be disabled using the cookie consent pop-up either on your first or subsequent visits to our website.

Necessary/functional cookies

If you turn off all cookies, some or all of our site may not perform properly.  You can turn them off by using the settings in your browser.

Placed cookies

WordPress (functional cookie) – WordPress_logged_in_*
Sharing information – For more information, please read the WordPress Privacy Statement
Purpose: WordPress log in cookie
Retention period: 30 days
Description: Cookie to keep you logged in

 

Google Analytics (statistical cookies) – _ga, _ gid and _gat
Sharing information – For more information, please read the Google Analytics Privacy Statement
_ga
Purpose: Cookie to count and track page views for statistics (anonymous)
Retention period: 2 years
_gid
Purpose: Cookie to count and track page views for statistics (anonymous)
Retention period: 1 day
_gat
Purpose: Cookie to filter requests from bots for statistics (anonymous)
Retention period: 1 minute

 

Google Fonts used for displaying web fonts – Google Fonts API
Sharing information – For more information, please read the Google Fonts Privacy Statement
Purpose:  This cookie is used to requests a user’s IP address
Retention period: 1 year

 

Facebook (marketing) – fbm_, actppresence, sb, csm, c_user, frstxs, datr, _fbp, _fbc, xs, wd, fr, act, presence, *_fbm_
Sharing information – For more information, please read the Facebook Privacy Statement
Purpose:  Facebook Personalised advertisements cookies to target users with personalised advertisements
Retention period: 1 year

 

Twitter – local_storage_support_test, metrics_token
Sharing information – For more information, please read the Twitter Privacy Statement
local_storage_support_test (functional)
Purpose:  Twitter cookie to aid in load balancing functionality
Retention period: persistent
metrics_token (marketing)
Purpose:  Twitter cookie to store if the user has seen embedded content
Retention period: persistent

 

YouTube – GPS, VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE, YSC, PREF
Sharing information – For more information, please read the YouTube and Google privacy policy.
GPS (marketing)
Purpose:  YouTube cookie to store location data
Retention period: session
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE (functional)
Purpose:  YouTube cookie to estimate bandwidth
Retention period: 6 months
YSC (statistical)
Purpose:  Twitter cookie to store a unique User ID.
Retention period: session
PREF (statistical)
Purpose:  Twitter cookie to store and track visits across websites.
Retention period: 1 year
Complianz (for cookie consent management) – complianz_config, complianz_policy_id, cmplz_stats, cmplz_marketing, complianz_consent_status

Sharing information – For more information, please read the Complianz Privacy Statement.

complianz_config
Purpose:  Stores accepted consent preferences
Retention period: 365 days
complianz_policy_id (functional)
Purpose:  Stores accepted cookie policy ID
Retention period: 365 days
cmplz_stats
Purpose: Stores cookie consent preferences
Retention period: 365 days
cmplz_marketing
Purpose: Stores cookie consent preferences
Retention period:365 days
complianz_consent_status
Purpose: Stores cookie consent preferences
Retention period:365 days

The cookie database website can often provide more information on any of the cookies listed above.