Here's where you can learn about what cookies are used at simsherpa.com and change your cookie preferences on our website.
Sometimes you change your mind, so even if you've accepted or declined some or all of our cookies before, you're free to modify those settings.
Just hit the "change settings now" button and we'll get that done for you immediately.
In the section below, there's a bit more information about our cookies to help you get your head round it all, and make the right informed decision.
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A cookie is a small text file that is placed on your device when you visit a website or application.
Your web browser (for example Google Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge or Mozilla Firefox) sends cookies back to the website each time you visit it so they can remember things like preferences.
Cookies are useful to both you and the website you're visiting, and they do lots of different jobs. For example, they enable you to move between our web pages efficiently, they remember your preferences when you visit again and generally improve your experience when browsing websites.
Cookies last for different lengths of time depending on the job they do. There are session cookies and persistent cookies:
Session cookies only last for your online session and disappear from your device when you close your browser.
Persistent cookies stay on your device after the browser has been closed and last for the period of time specified in the cookie
We use two types of cookies at simsherpa.com, which fall into two categories: performance and functional.
We explain each of these cookies do in the next section.
We give you the choice about which of our cookies you're happy to be stored on your computer. Scroll to the top and press the big "Change settings now" button to manage yours.
We want to be able to tell which of our articles the general public are interested in, so we can write more about what people like, and less about what they don't. That's where a package called Google Analytics comes in.
It measures which pages people enter our website on, where they navigate to and where they leave. It's like a sophisticated version of those old page counters you used to get on websites!
For Google Analytics to work, it needs to store a set of cookies on your computer. These track the pages you visit on our site and make the information available to us in the form of statistics.
Although your specific visit is stored as a "session ID" and you, the visitor, as a "user ID", these are in the form of anonymous numbers, and don't contain personal data we can read.
We don't pass any personal details onto Google Analytics, because we don't take any off you.
But Google could use the information about your web-browsing at simsherpa.com in conjunction with other data they have about you via other websites using Google Analytics, Google's own websites like YouTube, and social media to piece together a profile of who you are.
If you're uncomfortable with the above, you should choose to block our tracking cookies and we'll stop downloading Google Analytics cookies when you load a page.
You'll get the same experience as someone who accepts tracking cookies.
✔ Our own cookie remembers if you want store our tracking cookies or not!
The other cookie we use is what's known as a "functionality" cookie. It remembers the choices you make on simsherpa.com, so you don't have to make the same choice over and over again.
At the moment, we only use this cookie to remember if you've chosen to enable or disable our other tracking cookies. Yes it's weird using a cookie for this if you're declining other cookies but it stops you having to accept or decline them on every simsherpa.com page you visit!
We call it sherpacookies. And it's stored as either sherpacookies=accepted or sherpacookies=unaccepted.
All it does is tell our website whether you've accepted our tracking cookies or not, and that you want us to remember that decision.
It serves no other purpose and stores no information about you and is not shared with third parties.
When you first visit simsherpa.com we'll ask you if you want to accept all our cookies, just tracking cookies, or just our decision-remembering cookie. The choice is yours.
And the site will work the same no matter what you choose (although you will be asked about your cookie choices on each page if you don't accept sherpacookies, because there's no other way of us knowing).