What Is A Cookie?

Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your device when you visit a website. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit, or to another website that recognises that cookie.

Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognise a user’s device. You can find more information about cookies at:

www.allaboutcookies.org

www.youronlinechoices.eu/

For a video about cookies visit www.google.co.uk/goodtoknow/data-on-the-web/cookies/

Cookies do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences, and generally improve the user experience.

They can also help to ensure that adverts you see online are more relevant to you and your interests.

Cookies are placed on your device by the website you are on (first party) or by another domain/website (third party)

There are two types of cookies – session and persistent. Persistent cookies these cookies remain on a user’s device for the period of time specified in the cookie. They are activated each time that the user visits the website that created that particular cookie.

Session cookies allow website operators to link the actions of a user during a browser session. A browser session starts when a user opens the browser window and finishes when they close the browser window. Session cookies are created temporarily. Once you close the browser, all session cookies are deleted.

Cookies on PropertySales.com

The cookies used on PropertySales.com have been categorised according to the International Chamber of Commerce UK Cookie Guide April 2012 and they are detailed below.

(1) Strictly Necessary Cookies

These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the website – i.e. logging into your account. Without these cookies services you have asked for, like an order summary page or online billing, cannot be provided.

We may use these strictly necessary cookies to...

Cookie Name Purpose Other information
ASP.NET Session ASP.NET_SessionId ASP.NET issues a cookie called ASP.NET_SessionId. This cookie contains the user's session ID and the cookie will expire at the end of the session (when you close your browser). This cookie does not store personal data about you.  
ASP.NET
Forms authentication
.ASPXAUTH This cookie is used to store an encryption key of the users authentication after login so that they remain authenticated during their session on the website  

(2) Performance Cookies

These cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how our website works.

We may use performance cookies to...

Cookie Name Purpose Other information
Google Analytics
(3rd Party)
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These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited. Click here for an overview of privacy at Google

(3) Functionality Cookies

These cookies allow us to remember choices you make (such as your user name, language or the region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal features. For instance, we’ll show you content related to the country you are in by storing in a cookie the country/region in which you are currently located.

These cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of web pages that you can customise. They may also be used to provide services you have asked for such as watching a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect may be anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.

We may use functionality cookies to...

(4) Targeting, Tracking and Advertising Cookies

These cookies are used to deliver adverts more relevant to you and your interests. They can also be used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement as well as help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign. They are usually placed by advertising networks with the website operator’s permission. They remember that you have visited a website and this information is shared with other organisations such as advertisers. Quite often targeting or advertising cookies will be linked to site functionality provided by the other organisation.

We may use targeting or advertising cookies to...

Cookie Name Purpose Other information
Google Analytics
(3rd Party)
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These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited. Click here for an overview of privacy at Google
The Digital Partnership/Open AdStream/247 Media
(3rd Party)
OAX Unique Identifier for 24/7 Open AdStream. This cookie identifies unique users across the network, for purposes of reporting, including reach and frequency for conversion tracking. It last for one year. To amend your ad preferences from this network please visit: www.evidon.com
  RMF with extensions S, D, L, M Controls user's exposure to an ad. It can limit the amount of times the ad is served, exclude the user from seeing the ad or retarget an user who already has seen a particular ad.  
  RMFS A session cookie that limits the number of times a particular ad is served to a specific user per session.  
  RMFH This is an hour cookie that limits the number of times a particular ad is shown to a specific user per hour.  
  RMFD This is a day cookie that limits the number of times a particular ad is served to a specific user per day.  
  RMFW This is a week cookie that limits the number of times a particular ad is served to a specific user per week.  
  RMFM This is a month cookie that limits the number of times a particular ad is served to a specific user per month.  
  RMFL This is cookie that limits the number of times a particular ad is served to a specific user per lifetime of the campaign.  
Optimizely optimizelyBuckets Stores the experiment and variation id for the visitor, set at the top level. It lasts for 10 years. In addition to the first party cookies referred to above, a number of third party cookies are dropped by Optimizely from the log3.optimizely.com domain for the purpose of performing split testing. Further information about Optimizely's use of user data is available in their privacy policy at www.optimizely.com/privacy. Details on how to opt out of all Optimizely tracking are available at www.optimizely.com/opt_out.
  optimizelyEndUserId The unique user id used to de-duplicate tracking events on the server side, set at the top level. It lasts for 10 years.  
  optimizelyPendingLogEvents Stores events that are triggered by the system in case it can't send the tracking call as soon as the event happens. These events are logged and sent whenever the snippet is loaded again. It's done for redundancy so as not to lose any tracking events. Overwritten each time events are sent off.  
  optimizelyCustomEvents Stores custom events triggered by the user. It lasts for 10 years.  
Perfect Audience adnxs This cookie decides how many impressions to serve users in a given day  
  prfct.co This cookie decides which users to serve impressions to.  

If you are concerned about behaviourally targeted advertising cookies (which serve you advertisements based on your use of PropertySales.com and other websites), all users can visit www.evidon.com/, users based in the European Union can visit www.youronlinechoices.eu and users based in the US can visit www.aboutads.info/choices/ to opt out of these third party cookies.

The above websites are not Dynamis Ltd websites and we are not responsible for their content.

How to manage cookies

You can change settings in your web browser to prevent cookies being placed on your device however this may interrupt or restrict your use of the website.

Enabling changes to Firefox:

  1. At the top of the Firefox window, click on the Firefox button and then select Options.
  2. Select the Privacy panel.
  3. Set Firefox will: to Use custom settings for history.
  4. Check mark Accept cookies from sites to enable Cookies, and uncheck it to disable them.
    1. If you are troubleshooting problems with cookies, make sure Accept third party cookies is also not set to Never. For more information, see Disable third-party cookies in Firefox to stop some types of tracking by advertisers.
  5. Choose how long cookies are allowed to be stored:
    1. Keep until: they expire: Each cookie will be removed when it reaches its expiration date, which is set by the site that sent the cookie.
    2. Keep until: I close Firefox: The cookies that are stored on your computer will be removed when Firefox is closed.
    3. Keep until: ask me every time: Displays an alert every time a website tries to send a cookie, and asks you whether or not you want to store it.
  6. Click OK to close the Options window.

Enabling Changes to Chrome:

  1. Click the Chrome menu on the browser toolbar.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Click Show advanced settings.
  4. In the "Privacy" section, click the Content settings button.
  5. In the "Cookies" section, you can change the following cookies settings:
    1. Delete cookies
    2. Block cookies by default
    3. Allow cookies by default
    4. Keep cookies and site data by default until you quit your browser
    5. Make exceptions for cookies from specific websites or domains

Enable Changes to Safari:

If you are concerned about cookies, you can set how you want Safari to handle them.

Important: Changing your cookie preferences or removing cookies in Safari may change or remove them in other applications, including Dashboard.

  1. Open Safari if it is not already open.
  2. Choose Safari > Preferences, and then click Privacy.
  3. In the “Block cookies” section, specify if and when Safari should accept cookies from websites. To see an explanation of the options, click the Help button (question mark).
  4. If you want to see which websites store cookies on your computer, click Details.

If you set Safari to block cookies, you may need to temporarily accept cookies to open a page. Repeat the above steps, selecting Never. When you’re done with the page, block cookies again, and then remove the page’s cookies.

Enable changes to IE 10:

To delete cookies in Internet Explorer

  1. Open Internet Explorer for the desktop.
  2. Tap or click the Tools button, point to Safety, and then tap or click Delete browsing history.
  3. Select the Cookies check box, and then tap or click Delete.

To block or allow cookies

  1. Open Internet Explorer for the desktop.
  2. Tap or click the Tools button, and then tap or click Internet options.
  3. Tap or click the Privacy tab, and then, under Settings, move the slider to the top to block all cookies or the bottom to allow all cookies, and then tap or click OK.

Blocking cookies might prevent some pages from displaying correctly.

Enable changes to IE 9:

To delete cookies in Internet Explorer

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Click the Tools button, point to Safety, and then click Delete browsing history.
  3. Select the Cookies check box, and then click Delete.

To block or allow cookies

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Click the Tools button, and then click Internet options.
  3. Click the Privacy tab, and then, under Settings, move the slider to the top to block all cookies or the bottom to allow all cookies, and then click OK.

Blocking cookies might prevent some pages from displaying correctly.

Enable changes to IE 8:

To delete cookies in Internet Explorer

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Click the Safety button, and then click Delete Browsing History.
  3. Select the check box next to Cookies.
  4. Select the Preserve Favourites website data check box if you don't want to delete the cookies associated with websites in your Favourites list.
  5. Click Delete.

Enable changes to IE 7:

You can configure your privacy settings in Internet Explorer 7 by clicking Internet Options on the Tools menu, and then clicking the Privacy tab.

NOTE: An administrator can customize your privacy settings and remove the Privacy tab from the interface in the Internet Options dialog box. If the Privacy tab is not available, contact your administrator, or see the "Information for Advanced Users and IT Professionals" section.

These settings replace the cookies settings on the Security tab in Internet Explorer 4 and 5 (and the Advanced tab in Internet Explorer 3). The Privacy settings slider has six settings: Block All Cookies, High, Medium High, Medium (default level), Low, and Accept All Cookies.

The following Privacy settings are available with the slider:

NOTE: Changing your privacy preferences does not affect the cookie acceptance policy for cookies that have already been set unless you move the slider to Accept All Cookies or Block All Cookies.

Internet Explorer displays a Privacy dialog box the first time that a cookie is restricted based on your privacy preferences. This dialog box appears only one time, unless you clear the Don't show this message again check box. The Privacy dialog box explains that a new status icon (the Privacy Report icon) is added to the status bar when you visit a Web site that does not meet your privacy preferences. You can double-click this icon to view a privacy report that explains how the Web site either has privacy practices that conflict with your preferences or has no published privacy policy. You can also view a privacy report for any site by clicking Privacy Report on the View menu.

NOTE: The Privacy slider works only in the Internet zone. All cookies are automatically accepted from Web sites in both the Local Intranet and Trusted zones, and all cookies are automatically blocked from Web sites in the Restricted zone.

For additional information, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base: 282846 Privacy Tab Settings Only Affect Internet Zone

Further Reading

Information about cookies
Useful information about cookies can be found at:
www.allaboutcookies.org

Internet Advertising Bureau
A guide to behavioural advertising and online privacy has been produced by the internet advertising industry which can be found at:
www.youronlinechoices.eu

International Chamber of Commerce United Kingdom
Information on the ICC (UK) UK cookie guide can be found on the ICC website section:
www.international-chamber.co.uk/our-expertise/digitaleconomy
www.international-chamber.co.uk/components/com_wordpress/wp/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/icc_uk_cookie_guide.pdf

The Information Commissioner’s Office
www.ico.gov.uk/