Cookies are perfectly safe to be stored on your computer and almost all web browsers have cookie storing enabled as default. However, all browsers give users the option of disabling the cookies stored on your computer.
Google Analytics: Google Analytics shows web traffic analysis. These cookies have multiple expiration dates; please refer to this article (published by Google) for more information.
Google AdWords: By using Google AdWords code, we are able to see which pages helped lead web users to contact form submissions. For example the user has completed a Student application form. This allows us to make better use of our paid search budget.
Google AdWords and Google Remarketing: ICF uses the online advertising program Google AdWords and the Google Remarketing technology, both operated by the company Google Inc. (“Google”). Google Adwords is a programme which allows us to tag our online advertising to measure its success. For measuring conversion (conversion definition: the conversion rate is the percentage of users who take a desired action) with Google AdWords, a conversion tracking cookie is placed when a user clicks on an ICF advertisement delivered by Google (“Ads”). Conversion tracking cookies expire after 30 days and are not used for personal identification. Google uses a different cookie for each Google AdWords customer and there is no consolidation of the cookie data with other data. If you click on one of our Adverts and proceed to a page equipped with a conversion tag and the cookie has not yet expired, the conversion is documented. With the help of the conversion tracking cookie we see the total number of conversions and are able to review the performance of our Ads. You can find more information about Google AdWords here.
Hot Jar: Hot Jar allows us to collect information about how users navigate and interact with our online content. This helps us improve users’ online experience when navigating our website. Find out more.
The ICF website uses a comment plug-in called Disqus. Disqus allows you to comment on the news and blogs section of the ICF’s website. Find out more.
The Institute’s Members’ Area uses the following cookies on icf.cpdnow.net:
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|ServerID||this cookie is used for load balancing. It identifies the server that delivered the last page to the browser. The cookies expires when the user closes browser.|
|icfCookie||this encrypted cookie stores some site variables for optimisation. The cookie is destroyed when a user logouts.|
|_ga||This cookie is used to distinguish users and has a 2 year expiration time. (Read above more further information about this cookie)|
|_gat||This cookie is used to throttle request rate and has a one minute timeout. (Read above more further information about this cookie)|
|_gid||This cookie is used [via Google Analytics] to distinguish users and has a 24 hours expiration time. (Read above more further information about this cookie)|
How do I opt-out of cookies?
You can manage the cookies that you allow on your computer through the settings on your internet browser. You can also ask to be alerted every time a cookie is offered. There are instructions on how to manage your cookies using the most popular internet browsers below:
Find out which internet browser you use
On a PC: click on ‘Help’ at the top of your browser window and select ‘About’
On an Apple Mac: click on the Apple menu and select ‘About’ (make sure the browser is open)
Opting out of cookies in Internet Explorer
- Choose ‘Tools’
- Click on ‘Internet Options’
- Click the ‘Privacy’ tab
- Move the slider to choose your settings
- For more detailed privacy settings click on ‘Advanced’
- Opting out of cookies in Safari
- Choose ‘Preferences’ from Safari menu
- Select ‘Security’
- Cookie settings are shown
- Choose your settings
Opting out of cookies in Google Chrome
As a default, Google Chrome allows all cookies. You can manage the behaviour of first-party and third-party cookies or even block them completely.
- Click on the ‘Tools’ menu
- Select ‘Options’
- Click the ‘Under the Bonnet’ tab
- Find the ‘Privacy’ section
- Click ‘Content settings’
- Click the ‘Cookie settings’ tab and choose your settings
Opting out of cookies in Mozilla Firefox
You can configure which sites are allowed to set cookies, how long to keep them for, and view and manage your existing cookies.
- Click on ‘Menu’, then ‘Options’
- Select ‘Privacy’
- Select ‘Cookies’
- Choose your settings
- Opting out of Flash Cookies
If you’d like to control the use of Flash Cookies on your computer, Adobe’s website offers tools to do this.