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