Last updated: May 22, 2018
What are cookies
Cookies are small pieces of text sent to your web browser by a website you visit. A cookie file is stored in your web browser and allows the Service or a third-party to recognize you and make your next visit easier and the Service more useful to you.
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.
When you use and access the Service, we may place a number of cookies files in your web browser.
- To enable certain functions of the Service
- To provide analytics
- To store your preferences
We use both session and persistent cookies on the Service and we use different types of cookies to run the Service:
Strictly Necessary cookies
These cookies are required in order for the website to work properly. If you do not allow these cookies, some parts of the website may not work properly, such as logging in, submitting forms, and other standard website behavior. The only way to disable these cookies is via your browser settings, described below.
|csrf_token||A security cookie used to identify the user and prevent Cross Site Request Forgery attacks.|
|flash||User feedback messages, encrypted for security.|
|last_activity||Records the time of the last page load. Used in conjunction with the last_visit cookie.|
|last_visit||Date of the user’s last visit. Can be shown as a statistic for members and used by the forum to show unread topics for both members and guests.|
|PHPSESSID||PHP’s session cookie|
|remember||Determines whether a user is automatically logged in upon visiting the site.|
|sessionid||Session id, used to associate a logged in user with their data.|
|__stripe_mid||Stripe session cookie|
|visitor_consents||Saves responses to Consent requests for non-logged in visitors|
These cookies help personalize content and functionality, including remembering changes a user has made to parts of the website that they can customize. These cookies are optional and simply make the website friendlier to use and add functionality without requiring registration.
|anon||Determines whether the user’s username is displayed in the list of currently logged in members.|
|forum_topics||Tracks the id number for read topics, allows setting the ‘read’ status. Saved in the cookie for guests, the database for members.|
|notify_me||If set to ‘yes’, notifications will be sent to the saved email address when new comments are made.|
|pro-net-budget-filter||Remembers your budget preference for searching the Professional Network|
|pro-net-sort-filter||Remembers your sorting preference for searching the Professional Network|
|pro-net-spec-filter||Remembers your service specialty preference for searching the Professional Network|
|registration_return||Remembers what page you signed up from an account from, so that after activating your account you can easily resume browsing.|
|tracker||Contains the last 5 pages viewed, encrypted for security. Typically used for form or error message returns.|
These cookies allow us measure how visitors use our website, which pages are popular, and what our traffic sources are. This helps us improve how our website works and make it easier for all visitors to find what they are looking for. The information is aggregated and anonymous, and cannot be used to identify you. If you do not allow these cookies, we will be unable to use your visits to our website to help make improvements.
|_ga||Google Analytics cookie|
These cookies are usually placed by third-party advertising networks, which may use information about your website visits to develop a profile of your interests. This information may be shared with other advertisers and/or websites to deliver more relevant advertising to you across multiple websites. We do not display any ads or set any targeting cookies.
In addition to our own cookies, we may also use various third-party services that set their own cookies to report usage statistics of the Service, deliver advertisements on and through the Service, and so on. Examples are Vimeo, YouTube, Facebook, etc.
What are your choices regarding cookies
Please note, however, that if you delete cookies or refuse to accept them, you might not be able to use all of the features we offer, you may not be able to store your preferences, and some of our pages might not display properly.
- For the Chrome web browser, please visit this page from Google: https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/32050
- For the Internet Explorer web browser, please visit this page from Microsoft: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/278835
- For the Firefox web browser, please visit this page from Mozilla: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/delete-cookies-remove-info-websites-stored
- For the Safari web browser, please visit this page from Apple: https://support.apple.com/kb/PH21411?locale=en_US
- For any other web browser, please visit your web browser’s official web pages.
Where can you find more information about cookies
You can learn more about cookies and the following third-party websites: