What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer or mobile device when you browse most websites. They are used by web developers to improve your user experience by including additional functionality, ranging from saving your settings during and between visits to noting your site visit for analytical purposes.
There are two types of cookies:
- Session cookies expire as soon you close the browser and are most commonly used to help users navigate the site by storing information on their location and the pages they have visited. An example of this could be a site with a login process; in order for the site to remember that you are logged in a cookie must be stored, otherwise every time you move to a new page you will be logged out
- Persistent or permanent cookies remain on your computer once you have closed the browser down, relying on a time limit for self-deletion. Most of these range from 30 days to 1 year, but it's possible for them to last until 3012. These are most commonly used for personalising a web experience, so that the site "remembers" you from previous visits, or other sites, and can display relevant information
All cookies can be permanently disabled using your browser's security options, although most websites will fail to function correctly without cookies.
For more information on how to disable cookies please consult the About Cookies website.
Cookies used on the BDR Thermea website
Below is a list of the different cookies we use on our website. These cookies are either set by ourselves (BDR Thermea), or from other websites such as Google. Cookies that are set by BDR Thermea are known as first party cookies, whereas cookies set from other websites are known as third party cookies. Unfortunately we cannot guarantee the listing of every cookie set from a third party website, as they can change at any time.
BDR Thermea (ARPT, ASP.NET_SessionId)
These cookies have been set by BDR Thermea to provide the following functions:
- ARPT is a load balancing cookie, which helps improve website performance, such as reducing the time it takes to load a new page
- ASP.NET_SessionId, supports your use of the website, particularly iterative elements such as filling in contact forms
Google Analytics (_utma, _utmb, _utmc, _utmz)
Google Analytics is one of the most popular web analytics packages. Google Analytics uses these cookies to help us look at how many people visit our site, what pages they look at and how long they stay on each page. This information helps us identify ways we can improve your experience of our website.
Google +1 is a social networking service provided by Google. Its aim is to promote quality content by allowing Google users to recommend the website content on a page by clicking on the Google + 1 button. You are then able to view all of the website content you have liked. The PREF cookie enables Google to identify Google + 1 users so you can like the pageCook