What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small file that can be placed on your device that allows us to recognise and remember you. It is sent to your browser and stored on your computer’s hard drive or tablet or mobile device. When you visit our sites, we may collect information from you automatically through cookies or similar technology.
- Keeping you signed in
- Understanding how you use our site
- Showing you our products and services that are relevant to you
- Working with partners to serve you relevant advertising
Ultimately, this allows us to publish the content that you read on our site.
Other organisations also collect user information on our sites through cookies, tags and pixels. Tags and pixels, also known as web beacons, are similar to cookies but are collected through embedded images.
Using cookies and other technology allows other organisations to help us to analyse how our site is being used, measure the number of visitors to the site, and display advertising.
Cookies that are used by Find-My-Search.com are referred to as “first-party cookies” and those that are used by our partners are “third-party cookies”. Because of how cookies work, our website cannot access third-party cookies; nor can other organisations access the data in the cookies we use on our website. There are more details about both in the following sections.
What types of cookies do we use ?
We use four types of cookies, which we describe in this section.
- Essential – cookies that are essential to provide you with services you have requested. For example, these include the cookies that make it possible for you to stay logged into your Find-My-Search.com account and make comments. If you set your browser to block these cookies, then these functions and services will not work for you. In particular, we won’t be able to save your preferences about cookies.
- Performance - cookies which measure how often you visit our sites and how you use them. We use this information to get a better sense of how our users engage with our journalism and to improve our sites and apps, so that users have a better experience. For example, we collect information about which of our pages are most frequently visited, and by which types of users. We also use third-party cookies to help with performance. For example, the Google Analytics cookie gives us information such as your journey between pages and whether you have downloaded anything (details of how to opt out of it are below).
- Functionality – cookies that are used to recognise you and remember your preferences or settings when you return to our site, so that we can provide you with a more personalised experience. For example, if you are based in an English-speaking country, we will remember this and make sure that you receive the homepage in the correct language when you visit our site. A mix of first-party and third-party cookies are used.
- Advertising – cookies that are used to collect information about your visit to our site, the content you have viewed, the links you have followed and information about your browser, device and your IP address. We have set out more details on this below.
The list below shows all of the cookies that are set by this website:
|Cookie name||Description||Cookie type||Expiring period||Source and owner||Type of information recorded||Use case||Who has access to information|
|MarketGidStorage||Set to manage advertising during each page visit.||session||At end of session||find-my-search.com||alphanumeric||All the website||Find-My-Search.com|
|joomla_user_state||Set to remain visitor logged-in during each page visit.||session||At end of session||find-my-search.com||alphanumeric||All the website||Find-My-Search.com|
|plg_system_eprivacy, plg_system_eprivacy_non_eu||Set to manage visitor's data privacy preference during each page visit.||technical||1 month||find-my-search.com||alphanumeric||All the website||Find-My-Search.com|
|__cfduid, _biz_flagsA, _biz_nA, _biz_pendingA, _biz_sid, _biz_uid, _ga, _gid, optimizelyBuckets, optimizelyEndUserId, optimizelySegments, trwv.uid, trwsa.sid, _uetsid, _hp2_*, __utma, _gac_*||Set by the CloudFlare service to identify trusted web traffic. It does not correspond to any user id in the web application, nor does the cookie store any personally identifiable information. https://support.cloudflare.com/hc/en-us/articles/200170156-What-does-the-CloudFlare-cfduid-cookie-do-||technical||1 year||cloudflare.com||alphanumeric||All the website||Cloudflare|
|__unam, __stid||Set by the ShareThis service and monitors "click-stream" activity, e.g. web pages viewed, navigation from page to page, time spent on each page etc. The ShareThis service only personaly identifies you if you have seperately signed up with ShareThis for a ShareThis account and given them your consent. See more at: http://sharethis.com/privacy.||analytics||9 months||sharethis.com||alphanumeric||All the website||ShareThis|
|_gat_gtag_UA_*||Set by Google Analytics and typically written to the browser upon the first visit. If the cookie has been deleted by the browser operator, and the browser subsequently visits find-my-search.com, a new _gat cookie is written with a different unique ID. In most cases, this cookie is used to determine unique visitors to find-my-search.com and it is updated with each page view. Additionally, this cookie is provided with a unique ID that Google Analytics uses to ensure both the validity and accessibility of the cookie as an extra security measure.||analytics||24 hours||google.com||alphanumeric||All the website||Google Analytics|
|_utma||Set by Google Analytics and typically written to the browser upon the first visit. If the cookie has been deleted by the browser operator, and the browser subsequently visits find-my-search.com, a new _utma cookie is written with a different unique ID. In most cases, this cookie is used to determine unique visitors to find-my-search.com and it is updated with each page view. Additionally, this cookie is provided with a unique ID that Google Analytics uses to ensure both the validity and accessibility of the cookie as an extra security measure.||analytics||2 years||google.com||alphanumeric||All the website||Google Analytics|
|_utmb||Set by Google Analytics and used to establish and continue a user session with find-my-search.com When a user views a page on find-my-search.com, the Google Analytics code attempts to update this cookie. If it does not find the cookie, a new one is written and a new session is established. Each time a user visits a different page on find-my-search.com this cookie is updated to expire in 30 minutes, thus continuing a single session for as long as user activity continues within 30-minute intervals. This cookie expires when a user pauses on a page on find-my-search.com for longer than 30 minutes.||analytics||30 minutes||google.com||alphanumeric||All the website||Google Analytics|
|_utmc||Set by Google Analytics and operates in conjunction with the '_utmb' cookie to determine whether or not to establish a new session for the user. If it does not find the cookie, a new one is written and a new session is established. This cookie expires when a user's session is no longer active.||analytics||At end of session||google.com||alphanumeric||All the website||Google Analytics|
|_utmz||Set by Google Analytics stores the type of referral used by the visitor to reach find-my-search.com, whether via a direct method, a referring link, a website search, or a campaign such as an ad or an email link. It is used to calculate search engine traffic, ad campaigns and page navigation within find-my-search.com The cookie is updated with each page view to find-my-search.com||analytics||6 months||google.com||alphanumeric||All the website||Google Analytics|
|_gid||Set by Google Analytics and used to distinguish users. Whereas _ga has a stable unique ID across pages, _gid has a different ID for each page set on, and a timestamp. It is suggested that it has a specific purpose with tracking a users journey across pages.||analytics||24 hours||google.com||alphanumeric||All the website||Google Analytics|
|_ga||Set by Google Analytics and typically written to the browser upon the first visit. If the cookie has been deleted by the browser operator, and the browser subsequently visits find-my-search.com, a new _ga cookie is written with a different unique ID. In most cases, this cookie is used to determine unique visitors to find-my-search.com and it is updated with each page view. Additionally, this cookie is provided with a unique ID that Google Analytics uses to ensure both the validity and accessibility of the cookie as an extra security measure.||analytics||2 years||google.com||alphanumeric||All the website||Google Analytics|
|_uetsid, MUIDB, MUID||Set by BING||analytics||1 mounth||bing.com||alphanumeric||All the website||BING|
|mg_sync, muidn||Set by MGID||advertising||1 mounth||mgid.com||alphanumeric||All the website||MGID|
|APISID, SSID, NID, PREF, SID, SAPISID, id, HSID||Set by DoubleClick||advertising||1 mounth||doubleclickbygoogle.com||alphanumeric||All the website||DoubleClick|
Cookies are a key part of how we deliver advertising on our sites. Among other uses, they allow us to show more relevant advertising to people who visit find-my-search.com by showing you adverts that are based on your browsing patterns and the way you have interacted with our sites and apps. We can then show you adverts which we believe may interest you.
As you browse our site, some of the cookies and similar technology we place on your device are for advertising, so we can understand what sorts of pages you read and are interested in. We can then display advertising on your browser based on these interests. For instance, if you have been reading a lot of food and drink articles, you may be shown more adverts for food and drink.
The advertising techniques we use do not collect information such as your name, email address, postal address or phone number. We sometimes use information such as your IP address and browser type and also sometimes share some limited aspects of this with third parties for advertising purposes.
For example, we place a pixel on our web pages that allows Facebook to place cookies on web browsers. When a visitor who uses Facebook returns to Facebook, Facebook can identify them as part of a group of Find-My-Search.com visitors and on behalf of Find-My-Search.com they can serve them with marketing messages from us. The data that can be obtained from a visit to find-my-search.com is limited to the URL of the pages that have been visited and, in some cases, the status of any unfinished or completed commercial transactions undertaken with us, together with the limited information a browser might pass on, such as its IP address. If you are a Facebook user you can opt out by following the link below.
We may also share online data collected through cookies and similar technology with our advertising partners. This means that when you are on another website, you may be shown advertising based on your browsing patterns on find-my-search.com. We may also show you advertising on find-my-search.com website based on your browsing patterns on other sites that we have obtained from our advertising partners.
For example, if you have visited the website of an online clothes shop, you may start seeing adverts from that same shopping site displaying special offers or showing you the products you were browsing. This allows companies to advertise to you if you leave their website without making a purchase.
How to manage advertising cookies
You can find information about how to opt out of the cookies provided by our key partners here:
It is also possible to stop your browser from accepting cookies altogether by changing your browser’s cookie settings. You can usually find these settings in the “options” or “preferences” menu of your browser. The following links may be helpful, or you can use the “Help” option in your browser.
- Cookie settings in Internet Explorer
- Cookie settings in Firefox
- Cookie settings in Chrome
- Cookie settings in Safari web and iOS
If you would like to find out more about privacy, cookies and their use on the internet, you may find the following links useful: