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Cookies

When I hear, read or write the word ‘cookies’, my mind can’t help but retrieve an image of the infamous Cookie Monster from Sesame Street. In case your childhood skipped past this invention, here’s a short, relevant extract.

So, here’s the thing, cookies are important to me too. They help make your user experience on my website smoother. As well they help with site promotion and let me see what I’m doing right and wrong with my content.

However, it’s understandable that not everyone likes cookies. Just like I don’t like anchovies, or advertising in the middle of my favourite TV show on Pay TV which was just cancelled.#SaveLucifer

Below, you can found out about the cookies I use on my website. Plus, I’ll also explain how you can say no to cookies and what it means to be cookie free.

While you’re here, you should also read my privacy policy which isn’t as fun as this page but it is important.

 

So, what’s a cookie if it’s not edible?

A cookie is a text file. It contains small bite-sized packets of information. Cookies contain preferences or other information which identifies you as a user of a website. Generally, cookies might contain personal information, but only information you’ve provided.

Cookies can be session based or persistent. Persistent cookies save to your computer when you interact with a website or app and session based last as long as you’re browsing the website.

There are two main types of cookies.

  1. First party cookies: issued by this website. They are used to enhance your experience. An example would be an analytic cookie to understand how a user interacts with my website.
  2. Third party cookies: cookies set by other interested parties, such as marketing companies. These cookies might be read when you visit other websites to deliver personalized advertising.

 

Cookies dished up at tinadubinsky.com

This list isn’t exhaustive. It may also change from time to time depending on the apps and services my website uses.

Cookie From Origin Lasts Purpose
_nid Google .google.com 10 years Preference cookie containing user information such as preferred language
_ga Google Analytics .tinadubinsky.com 2 Years Analytics: used to distinguish users.
_gat Google Analytics .tinadubinsky.com 1 Minute Analytics: used to distinguish users.
_gid Google Analytics .tinadubinsky.com 24 hours Analytics: used to throttle request.
eucookielaw Jetpack tinadubinsky.com 30 days Checks if you’ve accepted our cookie agreement.
tk_lr WordPress .tinadubinsky.com 2 years Analytics: Collects user activity internal metrics.
tk_or WordPress .tinadubinsky.com 5 years Analytics: Collects user activity internal metrics.
tk_r3d WordPress .tinadubinsky.com 2 days Analytics: Collects user activity internal metrics.
tfw_exp Twitter .twitter.com 2 Weeks Set by Twitter for performance capabilities.
tk_ai WordPress .tinadubinsky.com 5 years Analytics: Randomly generates an anonymous ID.
tk_qs WordPress .tinadubinsky.com 24 hours Analytics: Collects user activity internal metrics.
comment_author WordPress .tinadubinsky.com 347 days Commentator cookie so you won’t need to re-enter all your information.
comment_author_email WordPress .tinadubinsky.com 347 days  Commentator cookie so you won’t need to re-enter all your information.
comment_author_url WordPress .tinadubinsky.com 347 days Commentator cookie so you won’t need to re-enter all your information.
jetpack_comments_subscribe Jetpack tinadubinsky.com 347 days Records what you specify in the post and comment subscription checkboxes.
jetpack_blog_subscribe Jetpack tinadubinsky.com 348 days Records what you specify in the post and comment subscription checkboxes.
woocommerce_cart_hash Woocommerce tinadubinsky.com Session Woocommerce Cart cookie. Doesn’t store personal information.
woocommerce_items_in_cart Woocommerce tinadubinsky.com Session Woocommerce Cart cookie. Doesn’t store personal information.
wp_woocommerce_session Woocommerce tinadubinsky.com 2 days Woocommerce cookie so it knows which cart belongs to who, it but doesn’t store personal information
lang Twitter cdn.syndication.twimg.com Session Exists on pages where twitter widget or twitter button exists.
01AI Akamia .abmr.net 1 Year Functionality cookie to enable streaming data like video streaming
PYPF PayPal .paypalobjects.com 1 month A PayPal cookie if you decide to add an item to your cart.

As you can see, there’s quite an assortment.

Assorted cookies

 

How to say no to cookies on your computer

Saying no to cookies depends on your browser and the type of computer or gadget you’re using to connect to the internet. The links below will open a new tab or browser page and take you to that provider’s instructions for turning cookies off.

If you do decide to turn cookies off, your experience of this website may be affected. For example, you won’t be able to use the shop. Plus when you come back for another visit, the pop up message about accepting cookies on this website may appear again in your browser.

If I have not listed your preferred browser above, you may find it and more information on cookies at About Cookies.

 

And then there are pixels, web beacons and other tech

A pixel is a small amount of code on a web page or in an email notification. I may also use pixels to learn whether you’ve interacted with my website. Web beacons are similar. They’re a an empty image file that track how you browse through a website.

For instance, I have installed a Facebook Pixel app. It collects information on how Facebook users interact with my website and my Facebook page. However, I haven’t activated this plugin yet but the thought is there, especially if I decide to advertise on Facebook.

 

More information on Cookies and Pixels


Last updated: 23 May 2018.