What are cookies?

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More about cookies

For more information about cookies, including details of how to delete and control them, go to AboutCookies.org or AllAboutCookies.org

Author Cookie name Purpose
Environment Logic PHPSESSION A piece of data that is used in network communications to identify a session, a series of related message exchanges.
Google _ga, _gid, _gat These third party cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site in an anonymous form. They are used to create reports and improve the website.