What is a cookie anyway?
Cookies are a kind of short term memory for the web. They are stored in your browser and enable a site to ‘remember’ little bits of information between pages or visits. They are widely used to make the web experience more personal, which is generally seen as a positive thing. However some cookies collect data across many websites, creating ‘behavioural profiles’ of people. By requiring websites to inform and obtain consent from visitors it aims to give web users more control over their online privacy.
“Session cookies” are downloaded to your computer for a short period of time whilst you browse a particular website; these cookies might allow you to navigate better between pages or allow websites to remember the preferences you select. “Persistent cookies” can be used to help websites remember you as a returning visitor or ensure the online adverts you receive are more relevant to your interests. We use both session cookies and persistent cookies to perform a number of different purposes across our website.
TestCard use necessary cookies to make the site work. Testcard uses optional analytics cookies to help improve it. Testcard will not set optional cookies unless you enable them. Using this tool will set a cookie on your device to remember your preferences.
Strictly Necessary Cookies
These are cookies that we really need in order to make our website work properly. These cookies are deleted when you close your web browser.
- DYNSRV: Session duration, this cookie is added by our load balancer to track which web server to send the visitor to. Its purpose is to improve the performance of the website.
- Session: Session duration, used to sign in. Set on any page when a visitor arrives.
Necessary cookies enable core functionality such as security, network management, and accessibility.
These cookies allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors to our website. They also let us see how our visitors browse our website. This helps us to improve our website so that you can find what you are looking for easily! While these cookies do not identify you personally while you are not logged in, they will collect your browser information and anonymised data, for the purposes outlined above. In certain cases, some of these cookies are managed by third parties such as Google Analytics. Performance cookies are valid for different periods of time and they can be deleted at any stage using your browser settings.
- Cookie consent: 6 month duration: Set if the visitor has dismissed the “cookie warning” bar and therefore indicated that they do not need to be warned again. Set on any page when a visitor dismisses the bar.
- _ga_gid_gat_gtag_UA_128191442_1 various durations: a mix of session and “permanent” Google Analytics cookies lasting 30 mins, 6 months, or 1-2 yrs. anonymously tracks use of website. These cookies are set or updated on any page visited.
TestCard website uses Google Analytics which places cookies on your computer to help our website figure out how visitors are using our website. The information that the cookie gathers about how you use the website (including your IP address – which is like an address for your computer) will be sent to and looked after by Google. Google then look at how you use our website and make reports for us that tell us how people are using our website. If you do not want these cookies on your computer, you can change the settings on your internet browser (or ask an adult to do this for you if you do not know how). You must understand that if you turn off cookies, you might not be able to use all parts of the website. Please visit: policies.google.com/privacy?hl=en/ and support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245 for further information on how Google uses your personal information.
To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
If you do not want Google to collect and use your personal information through cookies, you can download and install the browser plug-in by following this link, tools.google.com, but please make sure that you are allowed to download it!
You can block cookies by activating the setting on your internet browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including strictly necessary cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our website.
Some internet browsers – like Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome and Safari – include the ability to transmit “Do Not Track” or “DNT” signals. TestCard respect this setting and the website will not track you if you enable this option.
Alternatively, you could visit www.aboutcookies.org, which contains comprehensive information on cookies on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your computer. To learn about controlling cookies on the browser of your mobile device please refer to your handset manual.
You can find more information about the individual cookies TestCard use, the purposes for which we use them, and when they will expire by contacting us at support@TestCard.com