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Cookie Policy

Cookies

Our Privacy Policy explains our principles when it comes to the collection, processing, and storage of your information. This policy specifically explains how we, our partners, and users of our services deploy cookies, as well as the options you have to control them.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small pieces of data, stored in text files, that are stored on your computer or other device when websites are loaded in a browser. They are widely used to ‘remember’ you and your preferences, either for a single visit (through a ‘session cookie’) or for multiple repeat visits (using a ‘persistent cookie’). They ensure a consistent and efficient experience for visitors, and perform essential functions such as allowing users to register and remain logged in. Cookies may be set by the site that you are visiting (known as ‘first party cookies), or by third parties, such as those who serve content or provide advertising or analytics services on the website (‘third party cookies’).

Cookies set by hw-lab.com

We use cookies for a number of different purposes. Some cookies are necessary for technical reasons; some enable a personalized experience for both visitors and registered users; and some allow the display of advertising from selected third party networks. Some of these cookies may be set when a page is loaded, or when a visitor takes a particular action (clicking the ‘like’ or ‘follow’ button on a post, for example).

Below the different categories of cookies set by hw-lab.com are outlined, with specific examples detailed in the tables that follow. This includes their name and purpose. Certain cookies are only set for logged in visitors, whereas others are set for any visitors, and these are marked below accordingly. Where a cookie only applies to specific subdomains, they are included under the relevant header.

Strictly Necessary: These are the cookies that are essential for hw-lab.com to perform basic functions. These include those required to allow registered users to authenticate and perform account related functions.

Functionality: These cookies are used to store preferences set by users such as account name, language, and location.

Performance: Performance cookies collect information on how users interact with websites hosted on hw-lab.com, including what pages are visited most, as well as other analytical data. These details are only used to improve how the website functions.

Tracking: These are set by trusted third party networks (e.g. Google Analytics) to track details such as the number of unique visitors, and pageviews to help improve the user experience.

Third Party/Embedded Content: hw-lab.com makes use of different third party applications and services to enhance the experience of website visitors. These include social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter (through the use of sharing buttons), or embedded content from Youtube and Vimeo. As a result, cookies may be set by these third parties, and used by them to track your online activity. We have no direct control over the information that is collected by these cookies.

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CookieDurationPurposeLogged-in Users Only?
wordpress_test_cookieSessionTests that the browser accepts cookies.No
comment_author_{hash}347 daysUsed to tracked comment author name, if “Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.” is checkedNo
comment_author_email_{hash}347 daysUsed to tracked comment author email, if “Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.” is checkedNo
comment_author_url_{hash}347 daysUsed to track comment author url, if “Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.” checkbox is checkedNo
_ga2 yearsGoogle Analytics – Used to distinguish users and sessions. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.No
_gid24 hoursGoogle Analytics – Used to distinguish users. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.No
_gat_1 minuteGoogle Analytics – Used to throttle request rate. If Google Analytics is deployed via Google Tag Manager, this cookie will be named _dc_gtm_.No
_ym_isad2 daysYandex Metrica – Used to determine if a visitor has ad blockers.No
_ym_uid1 yearYandex Metrica – Used for identifying site users.No
wp-settings-{user_id}1 yearUsed to persist a user’s admin configuration.Yes

Controlling Cookies

Visitors may wish to restrict the use of cookies, or completely prevent them from being set. Most browsers provide for ways to control cookie behaviour such as the length of time they are stored — either through built-in functionality or by utilizing third party plugins.

To find out more on how to manage and delete cookies, visit aboutcookies.org. For more details on advertising cookies, and how to manage them, visit youronlinechoices.eu (EU based), or aboutads.info (US based).

Some specific opt out programs are available here:

Google Analytics – https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout
Yandex.Metrica – https://yandex.com/support/metrica/general/opt-out.html
Adsense – https://adssettings.google.com/authenticated or read more: https://support.google.com/adsense/answer/1348695?hl=en
It’s important to note that restricting or disabling the use of cookies can limit the functionality of sites, or prevent them from working correctly at all.