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Cookie Policy

Cookies are small text files that are used to store information on a user’s browser. Cookies are stored for multiple purposes, like providing security, maintaining user sessions, track user behaviour on the website for site analytics and targeted marketing, etc.

When a website uses certain third-party services, for example, for advertising purposes, they also set cookies on the website. These cookies are usually set by scripts provided by these third parties for enabling their services on the website.

Common types of cookies are:

  • First-party cookies –These are placed on the user’s device directly by the website.
  • Third-party cookies – These are placed by a third-party, and they are commonly used for advertising and analytics.
  • Session cookies – This type of cookies expires once the user’s session on a website expires.
  • Persistent cookies – This type of cookies remain in the user’s system unless they delete it, or the site does. They usually have expiration dates coded in.
  • Strictly necessary cookies – They are often mandatory for a website to function smoothly. This type of cookies is essential for the users to use certain features of a website, such as remembering past activity in the site or holding items in the shopping cart.

WordPress is a third-party service that hosts Christina Deias Counselling’s website.

WordPress Users Cookie
To check the cookies set by WordPress, deactivate all the plugins on the website. This is because other plugins may also install cookies on a WordPress website. Or you can check with a fresh installation of WordPress.

Without plugins installed, WordPress sets the following cookies:

  • wordpress_[hash]
  • wordpress_logged_in_[hash]
  • wordpress_test_cookie
  • wp-settings-{time}-[UID]

These are the cookies that activate in the admin area of the website.

WordPress uses the cookie wordpress_[hash] to store the authentication details on login. The authentication details include the username and double hashed copy of the password. However, this usage of the cookie is limited to the admin console area, the backend dashboard of the website.

The cookie wordpress_logged_in_[hash] is used to indicate when you are logged in, and who you are. This cookie is maintained on the front-end of the website as well when logged in.

Here [hash] represents the value that is obtained by applying a specific mathematical formula applied to the username and password. It is to ensure that the input values are safe, and no one can access these data using the cookies as it is difficult to ‘unhash’ the hashed data.

The cookie wp-settings-{time}-[UID] is used to customize the view of your admin interface and the front-end of the website. The value represented by [UID] is the individual user ID of the user as given to them in the users’ database table.

WordPress also sets a cookie named wordpress_test_cookie to check if the cookies are enabled on the browser to provide appropriate user experience to the users. This cookie is used on the front-end, even if you are not logged in.

Apart from these, WordPress also uses:

wp-saving-post: it lets the admins restore data for a post that is currently being edited if a saved version exists.

wporg_logged_inwporg_sec: it checks if the current visitor is a logged-in WordPress user. The expiration period of this cookie is 14 days if the user has consented to let the site remember the login credentials. Else, it acts as a session cookie.

Google Analytics Cookies
Many websites have a tracking solution used to collect information about visitors to the site. Google Analytics is a popular tracking system used by Christina Deias Counselling’s website. This service provides comprehensive statistics about how users interact with the website. Cookies are used by Google Analytics to provide these services.

For more information on the cookies used by Google Analytics, please visit https://developers.google.com/analytics/devguides/collection/analyticsjs/cookie-usage

To opt out of being track by Google Analytics, you can use Google’s opt out browser add-on: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout