What are cookies?
Cookies are small pieces of information that are downloaded to your computer or mobile device when you visit a website. Your browser sends these cookies back to the website every time you visit the site again, so it can recognize you and can then tailor what you see on the screen. Cookies make your online experience easier by saving browsing information. With cookies, sites can keep you signed in, remember your site preferences and give you locally relevant content.
There are two types of cookies:
- First-party cookies are created by the site you visit. The site is shown in the address bar.
- Third-party cookies are created by other sites. These sites own some of the content, like ads or images, that you see on the web page you visit.
Cookies are NOT viruses. Cookies use a plain text format. They are not compiled pieces of code so they cannot be executed nor are they self-executing. Accordingly, they cannot make copies of themselves and spread to other networks to execute and replicate again. Since they cannot perform these functions, they fall outside the standard virus definition.
Cookies make it possible to
- Track how many unique visitors come to our site
- Show specific content to your needs or your location
- Track which adverts you’ve seen to prevent you will continuously see the same
Which cookies do we use?
- Tracking cookies
Tracking cookies are used to recognize you as a returning visitor to our site. With these cookies we can track which pages on our site you visit, the time you spend on our site and recognize you as a returning visitor to our website.
- Analytics / Tag Manager
- Social media
On several pages on our website you will find social media buttons to share our content via Facebook, LinkedIn or email.
|Cookie name||Purpose||Expires after|
|__hstc||The main cookie for tracking visitors. It contains the domain, utk (see below), initial timestamp (first visit), last timestamp (last visit), current timestamp (this visit), and session number (increments for each subsequent session).||2 years|
|hubspotutk||This cookie is used for to keep track of a visitor’s identity. This cookie is passed to HubSpot on form submission and used when de-duplicating contacts.||10 years|
|__hssc||This cookie keeps track of sessions. This is used to determine if we should increment the session number and timestamps in the __hstc cookie. It contains the domain, viewCount (increments each pageView in a session), and session start timestamp.||30 minutes|
|__hssrc||Whenever HubSpot changes the session cookie, this cookie is also set. We set it to 1 and use it to determine if the user has restarted their browser. If this cookie does not exist when we manage cookies, we assume it is a new session.||None. Session cookie|
|__hs_do_not_track||This cookie can be set to prevent the tracking code from sending any information to HubSpot. Setting this cookie is different from opting out of cookies, which still allows anonymized information to be sent to HubSpot.||2 years|
|__hs_testcookie||This cookie is used to test whether the visitor has support for cookies enabled.||Session cookie|
|hsPagesViewedThisSession||This cookie is used to keep track of page views in a session||Session cookie|
|_ga||Used to distinguish users.||2 years|
|_gid||Used to distinguish users.||24 hours|
|_gat||Used to throttle request rate.||1 minute|
|AMP_TOKEN||Contains a token that can be used to retrieve a Client ID from AMP Client ID service. Other possible values indicate opt-out, inflight request or an error retrieving a Client ID from AMP Client ID service.||30 seconds to 1 year|
|_gac_<property-id>||Contains campaign related information for the user. If you have linked your Google Analytics and AdWords accounts, AdWords website conversion tags will read this cookie unless you opt-out.||90 days|
How can I disable cookies?
Without cookies we can’t give you the best experience on our website. With analytics and web statistics we continuously improve site navigation and check which content is most relevant for our visitors. If you choose not to accept cookies at all, you can still visit our website, however we cannot guarantee an optimum experience without cookies.
Delete cookies via internet explorer
- Click the Tools menu or the Gear button. If you don’t see either, press Alt.
- Click Internet options.
- Click the Privacy tab.
- Click the Advanced button.
- Click Block for First-party Cookies and Third-party Cookies.
- Click the Always allow session cookies box.
- Click OK to save your changes
- On your Android phone or tablet, open the browser.
- Go to Menu > Settings > Privacy & security.
- Or, go to Menu > More > Settings and find “Privacy setting
- Make sure Accept Cookies is turned Off
On Iphone or iPad:
- From your home screen, go to Settings > Safari.
- Make sure Block All Cookies is turned On.
- Once this is set, you can browse websites normally.