Cookies

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small text file that is downloaded onto your computer when you visit certain websites which is used to collect information about how you browse the site.

Cookies are used to:

  • measure how you use the website so it can be updated and improved based on your needs
  • remember the notifications you’ve seen so that we don’t show them to you again
  • remarket products or services that may be of interest to you and to serve relevant adverts on 3rd party websites

What cookies do Westexe Mortgages use?

The table below details the names of the cookies in use across the Westexe website, the reason that they are used as well as the period of time that they remain in place.

Universal Analytics

Name

Purpose

Expiry

_ga

This helps us count how many people visit our website by tracking if you’ve visited before

2 years

_gid

This helps us count how many people visit our website by tracking if you’ve visited before

24 hours

_gat

Used to manage the rate at which page view requests are made

10 minutes

Google Analytics

Name

Purpose

Expiry

_utma

Like _ga, this lets us know if you’ve visited before, so we can count how many of our visitors are new to our website or to a certain page

2 years

_utmb

This works with _utmc to calculate the average length of time you spend on our website

30 minutes

_utmc

This works with _utmb to calculate when you close your browser

When you close your browser

_utmz

This tells us how you reached our website (for example from another website or a search engine)

6 months

YouTube Videos

Name

Purpose

Expiry

_use_hitbox

This is a randomly generated number that identifies your browser

When you close your browser

VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE

Lets Youtube count the views of embedded Youtube videos

9 months

Vimeo Videos

Name

Purpose

Expiry

__utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmv, __utmz, last_page, embed_preferences, has_logged_in, stats_start_date, stats_end_date, CAL, GAPS, N_T, S_adsense, adsenseReferralSourceId, adsenseReferralSubId, adsenseReferralUrl, adsenseReferralUrlQuery, APISID, HSID, NID, PREF, SAPISID, SID, SNID, SSID

Vimeo sets a number of cookies on any page that embeds a Vimeo video. While we have no control over these cookies, they include a mixture of pieces of information to measure the number and behaviour of Vimeo viewers, to hold information about current viewing video settings as well as a personal identification token, if you are logged into Vimeo. Furthermore, a set of cookies regarding Google Adsense advertising campaigns might be set, which contain identifiers that record user browsing behaviour.

There are some cookies that expire 10 years after first viewing a Vimeo video while most of them expire between a few days for up to two

Google Maps

Name

Purpose

Expiry

SID, SAPISID, APISID, SSID, HSID, NID, PREF

Google set a number of cookies on any page that includes a Google Map. While we have no control over the cookies set by Google, they appear to include a mixture of pieces of information to measure the number and behaviour of Google Maps users.

Most of the cookies expire 10 years after your last visit to a page containing a Google Map.

Google AdWords

Name

Purpose

Expiry

Google Remarketing: There isn’t a specific cookie for Remarketing because it’s third party, but some examples of cookies that Google might use are IDE, ANID, DSID, FLC, AID, TAID, and exchange_uid. You can find out even more about the types of Google Cookies here: https://policies.google.com/technologies/types

Used to distinguish users – the Google Remarketing cookie enables us to distinguish who has visited specific pages on our website so we are then able to advertise relevant content back to them.

18 months

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