Last updated: August 26, 2021
This Cookies Policy explains what cookies are and how we use them. You should read this policy so You can understand what type of cookies We use, or the information We collect using Cookies, and how that information is used.
We do not store sensitive personal information, such as mailing addresses, account passwords, etc. in the Cookies We use.
For this Cookies Policy:
- Company (referred to as either “the Company”, “We”, “Us” or “Our” in this Cookies Policy) refers to ⋮IWConnect.
- Cookies are small files that are placed on Your computer, mobile device, or any other device by a website, containing details of your browsing history on that website among its many uses.
- Website refers to ⋮IWConnect, accessible from www.iwconnect.com
- You mean the individual accessing or using the Website, or a company, or any legal entity on behalf of which such individual is accessing or using the Website, as applicable.
1.1 Type of Cookies
Cookies can be “persistent” or “session” Cookies. Persistent Cookies remain on your personal computer or mobile device when You go offline, while Session Cookies are deleted as soon as You close your web browser. There are first-party, second-party, and third-party cookies.
- First-party cookies are stored under the same domain you are currently visiting. So, if you are on example.com, all cookies stored under this domain are considered first-party cookies. Those cookies are usually used to identify a user between pages, remember selected preferences, or store your shopping cart. You can hardly find a website nowadays that does not use first-party cookies.
- Third-party cookies, are cookies that are stored under a different domain than you are currently visiting. They are mostly used to track users between websites and display more relevant ads between websites. Another good example is a support chat functionality provided by a 3rd party service.
- Second-party cookies are a questionable topic. Some people might say they don’t exist at all. In general, second-party data is some first-party data shared between partners. In this sense, second-party cookies are just part of that data related to cookies.
The website managed by Us uses only third-party cookies. Third-party cookies are those created by domains other than the one the user is visiting at the time, and are mainly used for tracking and online advertising purposes. There are many third-party service providers that usually leave cookies in a user’s browser. Following are the third-party cookies that we use:
1.2.1 Social buttons
- Social plugins that enable You to log in, share and like content on third-party website will place cookies on Your device. We have these social buttons located under our blog posts, and job openings.
- In this way, the social-media sites that these cookies come from can track the sites you visit and send you relevant ads when you go back to these social media sites. Even if you are not signed in to your account, these cookies will still follow you by identifying your cookies, using deterministic matching, and sometimes fingerprinting your device to identify you.
1.2.2 Google Analytics
We use Google Analytics to measure how You interact with our website content. To record the maximum amount of information, Google Analytics uses several types of cookies, each for a different purpose. Each of those cookies records and remembers the different types of data about You. Google Analytics uses four main cookies to capture the full picture of Your journey on our website:
Each of these has a different role, as well as a different way of expiring. Every cookie, not only Google Analytics cookies, either expires when the browser closes or when it reaches its expiration,
_utma cookies: for unique visitors
_utma cookies track each unique visitor to Our website. As soon as You, as a user, access Our website, the _utma cookie will associate a unique Client ID. The _utma cookie records the time and date of the first visit, the total number of visits, as well as the time at which the current visit started. The _utma cookie usually expires after two years, but if You come back to our website, the cookie will be refreshed and the countdown will start over.
_utmb cookies: to keep track of each visit
__utmb is the cookie that keeps track of timeouts and the number of page views your website gets. It also records the start time of each visit. This cookie expires at the end of 30 minutes of inactivity on the site. However, if your visitor goes to a new page, then it will be refreshed and the 30 minutes countdown will start over.
_utmc cookies: to manage your sessions
__utmc has just one purpose: keeping track of your website sessions. As soon as a visit ends, and the browser closes, __utmc will record this as one session.
_utmz cookies: to have better visibility on different channels
__utmz gives traffic analysis; in other words, insights into each traffic source. This means that it tracks where You, as a visitor is coming from. This cookie provides all the traffic information of the first or the current visit (if the traffic source was different from the previous visit). For example, by using this cookie we can see the campaign name, and campaign source. This helps us understand how effective our efforts to attract visitors through various channels have been.
This cookie expires every six months and is only refreshed if the visitors’ source changes.
Why do we use Google Analytics?
We use Google Analytics to improve the user experience and measuring users across browsers and devices. Google Analytics collects a lot of data about how people use a website. At its most basic, it collects:
- Time of visit, pages visited, and time spent on each page of the webpages
- Referring site details (such as the URI a user came through to arrive at the site)
- Type of web browsers
- Type of operating system (OS)
- User demographics (location, age, gender)
- Network location and IP address.
2 HOW CAN YOU MANAGE COOKIES?
You can delete all cookies that are already on your device by clearing the browsing history of your browser. This will remove all cookies from all websites you have visited.
Be aware though that you may also lose some saved information (e.g. saved login details, site preferences).
2.1 How can you disable third-party Cookies?
Since we are using only third-party cookies, You can disable them by doing one or more of the following:
- Browse the website in private or incognito mode
- Use Safari as your web browser on Apple mobile devices, as it blocks third-party cookies by default
- Change the cookie and tracking settings in your browsers (see below).
Most browsers allow users to disable third-party cookies from the settings menu. Doing so will make the ads much less personalized, but shouldn’t otherwise compromise the browsing experience. There are numerous guides around the web detailing the steps to disable cookies for each particular browser, but we can give a short overview:
2.1 Microsoft Edge
Click the ellipsis (three dots) symbol in the top-right corner and select Settings. Click View Advanced Settings and select Block Third-Party Cookies from the drop-down menu under Cookies.
In Internet Explorer, you have to click the gear icon in the top-right corner and select Internet Options. Then go to the Privacy tab and click Advanced. Check the Override Automatic Cookie-Handling box, and set Third-Party Cookies to “Block.”
2.3 Google Chrome
Click the three-lined icon in the top-right corner and select Settings. Then, click Show Advanced Settings at the bottom. Click on Content Settings in the Privacy section. Under Cookies, check the Block Third-Party Cookies and Site Data option and click Done.
Click the three-lined icon in the top-right corner and select Options (PC) or Preferences (Mac). Go to the Privacy tab and under History, set Firefox Will to Use Custom Settings for History. Then set Accept Third-Party Cookies to “Never.”