This Cookie Policy explains what cookies are, what cookies we use on this site, and how you can choose to accept cookies or to decline them.

Please read this Cookie Policy in conjunction with our Privacy Policy.

About cookies

Our website uses cookies, as almost all websites do, to help provide you with the best experience we can.

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer or mobile phone when you browse websites.  A cookie does not give us access to your actual computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.

Our cookies help us:

  • Make our website work as you’d expect
  • Improve the speed/security of the site
  • Allow you to share pages with social networks
  • Offer you free content (thanks to advertising and affiliate links)
  • Continuously improve our website for you

You can learn more about all the cookies we use below.

Granting us permission to use cookies

You can choose to accept or decline cookies. If the settings on the software that you are using to view this website (your browser) are adjusted to accept cookies we take this, and your continued use of our website, to mean that you are fine with this choice.

However, you can modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you want.  Should you wish to remove or not use cookies from our site you can learn how to do this in the final section of this page.

The cookies we use on this site

Our own cookies

The cookies we use to make our website work:

  • Allow you to add comments to our site

There is no way to prevent these cookies being set other than to not use our site.

Third party functions

Our site, like most websites, includes functionality provided by third parties. A common example is an embedded YouTube video or a Facebook like button.

In each case the providers of these services will likely collect data about your usage that they will use to build up your profile as you search the web.  Each will have their own privacy/cookie policy which you can view by visiting their own websites.

Our site includes the following:

  • Videos (powered by YouTube and Vimeo)

Like and share buttons from:

The above list may change from time to time.

Analytics (Anonymous Visitor Statistics) Cookies

We use Google Analytics to review web traffic, not personal information about an individual.

We use cookies to compile visitor statistics such as how many people have visited our website, what type of technology they are using, how long they spend on the site, what page they look , how they reached this site (e.g. from a search engine) and whether they have been here before etc.  This helps us to continuously improve our website.

You can choose to opt out of analytics tracking here and you can see the Privacy Policy for Google Analytics here.

Affiliate Marketing

To fund this website I work with small number of affiliate companies, as listed below.  I use affiliate links to products, retailers and brands in certain posts and pages.  Some of the advertising banners on this website are also for affiliate programmes to which I belong.   If a visitor to this website clicks on one of these links or banners and buys products within a certain time period then I may earn a small commission.

By clicking on an affiliate link, or banner adverts, you will be served with a tracking cookie by the relevant affiliate company.  These links are therefore tracked by the affiliate companies who have their own individual privacy policies which you can view by clicking the links below:

Awin: https://www.awin.com/gb

Rakuten Marketing: https://rakutenmarketing.com/en-uk/

Webgains: http://www.webgains.com/public/en/

Affiliate Future:  http://www.affiliatefuture.co.uk/Legal/privacy

You have the choice whether to accept these cookies, or to decline them by adjusting your browser settings (learn how here).

Advertising Cookies

Cookies are widely used in online advertising. We only work with advertising partners who work to accepted privacy standards.

You can learn more about online advertising at http://www.youronlinechoices.com.

You can opt-out of almost all advertising cookies at http://www.youronlinechoices.com/uk/your-ad-choices.

Opting out of advertising cookies will not mean you won’t see adverts, but simply that they won’t be tailored to you any longer.

Turning Cookies Off

As mentioned above, you have the choice whether or not to accept or decline cookies.

You can usually switch cookies off by adjusting your browser settings to stop it from accepting cookies (Learn how here).  However doing so will likely limit the functionality of our site.