What are cookies?
Cookies are small, useful text files that are stored on your computer when you visit some websites. They are used to remember information that allows certain functionality to work, for example if you’re logged in or not. Cookies can’t harm your computer and are active for differing lengths of time, some are stored until you close your browser, while others may last for several weeks or more.
We use both “session” cookies and “persistent” cookies on the website.
- We will use the session cookies to keep track of you whilst you navigate the website and to personalise the visual appearance of the site to your requirements. Session cookies will be deleted from your computer when you close your browser
- We will use the persistent cookies to enable our website to recognise you when you visit. Persistent cookies will remain stored on your computer until deleted, or until they reach a specified expiry date.
Without cookies enabled we cannot guarantee that the website and your experience whilst visiting are as we intended it to be.
The following is a full list of cookies that this site has saved on your browser…
In the following sections we will provide further details of these cookies, where they have been identified. We cannot be held responsible for any cookies that are not yet identified – we shall do so and update this article as soon as we can.
This site uses WordPress which uses a number of cookies related to user logons and subscriptions. For more details on the cookies that WordPress stores please visit: http://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_Cookies.
When visitors comment on your blog, they too get cookies stored on their computer. This is purely a convenience, so that the visitor won’t need to re-type all their information again when they want to leave another comment.
When you visit this site you will be prompted by a message relating to the site’s cookie usage. If you click on the “Accept” button you accept that we use the cookies documented in this policy and the message will disappear. This cookie is required to remember that the message should be hidden.
We use Google Analytics to analyse the use of this website. Google Analytics generates statistical and other information about website use by means of cookies, which are stored on users’ computers. The information generated relating to our website is used to create reports about the use of the website. Google will store this information.
Cookies for Comments
This site uses a tool named Cookies for Comments to prevent comment spam. This involves setting a cookie that is then checked to ensure that you have come onto the site legitimately, rather than an automated spamming process. Because this is a random code it cannot be documented here, but should be seen in your list for an apparently random collection of letters and numbers.
As this can prevent up to 90% of spam comments, it is deemed a critical component of the site and, hence, if you opt-out of cookie storage this will still be retained.
We use ADMINDYNSRV and DYNSRV on our website to improve the website’s usability and functionality.
Cross site cookies
Below are details of installed software that can create “cross site” cookies – that is, because their code is coming from another site, they save cookies against that site and not this one. This is often used by advertisers to track your movement across sites.
We publish Google Adsense interest-based advertisements on our website. These are tailored by Google to reflect your interests. To determine your interests, Google will track your behaviour across the web using cookies.
You can view, delete or add interest categories associated with your browser using Google’s Ads Preference Manager, available at: http://www.google.com/ads/preferences/.
You can opt-out of the Adsense partner network cookie at: http://www.google.com/privacy_ads.html.
However, this opt-out mechanism uses a cookie, and if you clear the cookies from your browser your opt-out will not be maintained.To ensure that an opt-out is maintained in respect of a particular browser, you should use the Google browser plug-in available at: http://www.google.com/ads/preferences/plugin.
Cookies not created
The following represents software that would, normally, generate cookies but their ability has been switched off for this site. They are included here for awareness of this fact.
I embed videos from my YouTube channel using YouTube’s privacy-enhanced mode. This mode may set cookies on your computer once you click on the YouTube video player, but YouTube will not store personally-identifiable cookie information for playbacks of embedded videos using the privacy-enhanced mode.
To find out more please visit: YouTube’s embedding videos information page.
Disable or block cookies
By default, cookies should be enabled on your computer or device. If you’d prefer to restrict, block or delete cookies from this or any other website, you can use your internet browser to do this. Each browser is different, so check the “help” menu on your browser to learn how to change your cookies preferences. Blocking all cookies will, however, have a negative impact upon the usability of many websites.
- Chrome: http://support.google.com/chrome/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=95647
- Firefox: http://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/Enabling%20and%20disabling%20cookies
- Internet Explorer: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/196955
- Safari: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1677
Managing cookies: www.allaboutcookies.org/manage-cookies.
Some sites used Adobe Flash Player to deliver video content and interactive product images. BFMedic.com does not used them directly but some third party scripts (e.g. for advertising) may do.
Flash cookies are stored on your device in a similar way to usual cookies, but they’re managed differently by your browser.
If you wish to disable or delete Flash cookies: Adobe Flash Player security settings.
Do not track me!
Do not track is an up and coming feature in web browsers which allows you to tell websites that you do not want to be tracked. While not all websites currently use this, including this one, you can find out more how to set it up on your browser from the following websites.
- Mozilla Firefox: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/how-do-i-turn-do-not-track-feature
- Internet Explorer: http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/Browser/DoNotTrack/Default.html
- Google Chrome: https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/114836?hl=en&ref_topic=3421433&vid=1-635773128903446648-2510560264
- Apple Safari – https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4764762
To find out more about do not track, visit: http://donottrack.us
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