Cookie Policy

Cookies and how they benefit you

This website uses cookies, as almost all websites do, to help provide you with the best experience. Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer or mobile phone when you browse websites.

This site’s cookies help to:

  • Make this website work as you’d expect
  • Remember your settings during and between visits
  • Improve the speed/security of the site
  • Allow you to share pages with social networks like Facebook
  • Continuously improve the website for you

I do not use cookies to:

  • Collect any personally identifiable information (without your express permission)
  • Collect any sensitive information (without your express permission)
  • Pass data to advertising networks
  • Pass personally identifiable data to third parties
  • Pay sales commissions

You can learn more about all the cookies I use below

Cookies on this website

Cookie Description
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CIVIC – Cookie Control cookies. These cookies are set in order to remember preferences in regards to cookies.
_utma Google Analytics – I use Google Analytics to monitor traffic levels, search queries and visits to this website.Google Analytics stores IP address anonymously on its servers, and neither abfablife or Google associate your IP address with any personally identifiable information.These cookies enable Google to determine whether you are a return visitor to the site, and to track the pages that you visit during your session.

These cookies are set only after the user has given consent for this website to use cookies.

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k Twitter – I use the Twitter “Follow Button” plugin to help market my business using Twitter. The plugin detects whether you are logged in to Twitter when you visit my website and uses this information to present either a “Follow” or “You Follow” message with various other details from Twitter. The plugin creates five Third-Party cookies – pid, _twitter_sess, k, guest_id, external_referrer and original_referer. I use this plugin as a convenience for my users. See http://twitter.com/privacy for more information on Twitter’s Privacy Policy.
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VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE Youtube – I use YouTube to embed videos on on my website. The PREF cookie is set by YouTube and is a 3rd party cookie served by the domain youtube.com. It may be set when a visitor to this website clicks the ‘Share’ button on an embedded YouTube video. This cookie may be used by YouTube to store session preferences that relate to your activity when watching the embedded videos. Although the embedded videos do not set cookies themselves and can be played with no cookies set, if the ‘Share’ button is clicked YouTube will set these two cookies. The VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE cookie attempts to estimate your bandwidth and the use_hitbox cookie increments the ‘views’ counter on the YouTube video. These cookies don’t gather information that identifies a user. You can find out more about YouTube’s position on privacy at: www.youtube.com/t/privacy_at_youtube
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comment_author WordPress – When visitors comment on my blog, cookies are 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.The commenter cookies are set to expire a little under one year from the time they’re set.
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_uset (3rd party cookie) ShareThis – Two ShareThis.com cookies are currently used to identify users and their sharing behavior.’_stid’ is a random unique identifier not tied to any personally identifiable information, and ‘_uset’ is set to “true” to indicate when a user has been cookied so that ShareThis do not repeat the task in the next 8 hours.You can unsubscribe from these cookies at http://sharethis.com/privacy.
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UIDR (3rd party cookie) Scorecard Research – Additional cookies created by ShareThis – used by ShareThis to analyse how large their audience is. You can unsubscribe from these cookies at http://sharethis.com/privacy.
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Essential Cookies

I use cookies in certain sections of my website so that it works correctly including:

  • Remembering your search settings
  • Allowing you to add comments to my site

If you are not happy with these cookies being set, please do not use the blog section of my website.

Third party functions

My site, like most websites, includes functionality provided by third parties. A common example is an embedded YouTube video.

Disabling these cookies will likely break the functions offered by these third parties.

Social Website Cookies

So you can easily ‘Like’ or share my content on the likes of Facebook and Twitter, I have included sharing buttons on my website.

The privacy implications on this will vary from social network to social network and will be dependent on the privacy settings you have chosen on these networks.

Anonymous Visitor Statistics Cookies

I use cookies to compile visitor statistics such as how many people have visited my website, what type of technology they are using (e.g. Mac or Windows which helps to identify when my site isn’t working as it should for particular technologies), how long they spend on the site, what page they look at etc. This helps me to continuously improve my website.