Cookies

Cookies


What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small file, typically of letters and numbers, downloaded on to a device when a user accesses certain websites. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognise a user’s device and minimise the information that you have to enter each time you visit the site. 

How does this website use cookies?

The SfAM website uses both ‘First Party Cookies’, which are set by the SfAM website, and ‘Third Party Cookies’, which are set by another service e.g. Google Maps. We’ve listed all cookies below, with more information about why we use them and how long they last.

First Party Cookies set by the SfAM website

Name    Purpose    Content    Expires
CFID    Used to provide transaction support across multiple page requests commonly called a session    A random generated number    Persistent
CFTOKEN    Used to provide transaction support across multiple page requests commonly called a session    A random generated alphanumeric piece of text    Persistent
 

These cookies provide functionality that is used for:

Member log in
Page redirects
Member details after log in
Filtering content according to member interest
Blog user's details
Conference booking details
Course booking details
Event booking details
Join online form details
Member details after member renews
Forum user details
Form validation
Online payments via Barclays
Stores gallery plug-in info
Import plug-in. Stores output file details
Tweeting website content
 

Third Party Cookies not set by the SfAM website

Google Analytics

The cookies in the table below are set by the Google analytics tool for improving service which allows the SfAM website to accurately estimate the number of visitors to the website, volumes of usage and ensure that the SfAM website is available and that SFAM understands what you want to use.

Name    Purpose    Content    Expires
 _utma    Determines unique visitors to the SfAM site    A random generated number    2 years
 _utmb    Works with _utmc to calculate the average length of time that visitors spend on the SfAM site    A random generated number    30 minutes
 _utmc    Works with _utmb to calculate when you close your browser    A random generated number    When you close your browser
 _utmz    Tells us how you reached the SfAM site i.e. via a link, via social media, from a Google search, etc.    A random generated number and information on how the site was reached    6 months
 

You can opt out of Google Analytics cookies by visiting this page on Google.

ISSUU

ISSUU is the service we use to bring you the flippable .pdf version of our quarterly magazine, Microbiologist.

Name    Purpose    Content    Expire
MC    Shows Microbiologist online edition    Alphanumeric piece of text    18 months
iutk    Shows Microbiologist online edition    Alphanumeric piece of text    10 years
 

YouTube

We use YouTube to provide videos on our website.

Name    Purpose    Content    Expire
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE    YouTube video if shared    A random generated number    9 months
PREF    Stores YouTube video preferences     A random generated alphanumeric piece of text    10 years
Use_hitbox    Stores YouTube video preferences     A random generated alphanumeric piece of text    When you close your browser
YSC    Stores YouTube video preferences     A random generated alphanumeric piece of text    When you close your browser
 

Google Maps

Sometimes we embed a Google Map in one of our pages to show you where something is.

Name    Purpose    Content    Expire
Snid    Used by Google Maps to store user preferences and information when viewing pages    Alphanumeric piece of text    6 months
Sid    Used by Google Maps to store user preferences and information when viewing pages    Alphanumeric piece of text    When you close your browser
Sapisid    Used by Google Maps to store user preferences and information when viewing pages    Alphanumeric piece of text    When you close your browser
Apisid    Used by Google Maps to store user preferences and information when viewing pages    Alphanumeric piece of text    When you close your browser
Ssid    Used by Google Maps to store user preferences and information when viewing pages    Alphanumeric piece of text    When you close your browser
Hsid    Used by Google Maps to store user preferences and information when viewing pages    Alphanumeric piece of text    When you close your browser
Nid    Used by Google maps to store user preferences and information when viewing pages    Alphanumeric piece of text    6 months
Pref    Used by Google Maps to store user preferences and information when viewing pages    Alphanumeric piece of text    1 year
 

Microsoft.com

The following cookies are used when you submit a form using 'captcha' (usually you enter some random letters or a word) to verify that you are a human being.

Name    Purpose    Content    Expire
MS0    Captcha     Alphanumeric piece of text    30 minutes
MC1    Captcha     Alphanumeric piece of text    3 years
Viewkey    Captcha     Text value    Persistent 
WT_NVR    Captcha     Alphanumeric piece of text    Persistent 
WT_NVR_RU    Captcha     Alphanumeric piece of text    Persistent 
omnilD    Captcha     Alphanumeric piece of text    1 year 
WT_FPC    Captcha     Alphanumeric piece of text    Persistent 
A    Captcha     Alphanumeric piece of text    2 years