What are cookies?
Cookies are tiny text files that are stored on a user’s browser. Most cookies contain a unique identifier called a cookie ID: a string of characters that websites and servers associate with the browser on which the cookie is stored. This allows websites and servers to distinguish the browser from other browsers that store different cookies, and to recognize each browser by its unique cookie ID. Certain cookies are owned by the website you are viewing ("first-party" cookies) and others are supplied by an independent company ("third-party" cookies).
Where and how do we use them?
- 1. Site performance cookies
- Some cookies are essential for certain functionality of our site. These functions include eliminating the need for registered members to re-enter their login information, video quality selection in our video player, volume setting in our video and slideshow player, forum threads a user has viewed, which geographic edition a user has specified, etc.
- 2. Anonymous analytics cookies
- We use these cookies to measure users' activity on our site. These cookies record which pages a user visits, time spent on each page, actions they take while on the site, whether they are a new or returning visitor, where they are located, type of computer they are using, etc. These cookies are anonymous; they store information about a user's activity and characteristics, but not who they are.
- 3. Advertising cookies
Managing cookiesUsers can stop their browser from accepting cookies through settings typically found in the "options" or "preferences" menu of the browser.
More information can be found here:
- Cookie settings in Internet Explorer
- Cookie settings in Firefox
- Cookie settings in Chrome
- Cookie settings in Safari web and iOS.
Our emails may contain a tracking pixel to tell us whether our emails are opened and verify any clicks through to links or advertisements within the email. We may use this information for purposes including determining which of our emails are more interesting to users, to determine whether users who do not open our emails wish to continue receiving them and to inform our advertisers in aggregate how many users have clicked on their advertisements. The pixel will be deleted when you delete the email. Users who do not agree to this tracking should opt out of all email messages from us, or delete their account with us.
If you would like to contact us about cookies, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Updated August 7, 2013