Cookie Policy

Introduction

Our websites use cookies. A cookie is a file containing an identifier (a string of letters and numbers) that is sent by a web server to a web browser and is stored by the browser. The identifier is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server.

Cookies may be either "persistent" cookies or "session" cookies: a persistent cookie will be stored by a web browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date, unless deleted by the user before the expiry date; a session cookie, on the other hand, will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed.

Northwest Performance Software, Inc. (NWPS) use the following categories of cookies:

  • Strictly necessary cookies: These are vital to make the website work properly. This category of cookie may include those which remember your cookie policy choice.
  • Performance cookies: These cookies generally help us fix bugs or glitches on the website. They may also provide analytics on which web pages are popular, allowing the website operator to improve the quality of the user's experience.

How we use cookies

We use both session and persistent cookies on our website. Cookies are used for the following purposes:

  • We use Cookie-script to obtain your choice of cookie preferences and retain your choice for a time period. You may change your cookie preference at any time according to the instructions in the initial popup window.
  • Tracking usage of our websites to better develop it in the future using Google Analytics in anonymous IP address mode.

Blocking Cookies using your web browser settings

Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies, for example:

  • In Edge, block cookies by going to "Settings", "View Advanced Settings", "Cookies" and select your blocking option.
  • In Internet Explorer (version 10) you can block cookies using the cookie handling override settings available by clicking “Tools”, “Internet Options”, “Privacy” and then “Advanced”
  • In Firefox (version 24) you can block all cookies by clicking “Tools”, “Options”, “Privacy”, selecting “Use custom settings for history” from the drop-down menu, and unticking “Accept cookies from sites”
  • In Chrome (version 29), you can block all cookies by accessing the “Customise and control” menu, and clicking “Settings”, “Show advanced settings” and “Content settings”, and then selecting “Block sites from setting any data” under the “Cookies” heading
  • In MacOS Safari, you can block cookies by navigating to Safari > Preferences, click Privacy, then choose Always block.
Blocking all cookies will have a negative impact upon the usability of many websites. If you block cookies, you will not be able to use all the features on our website.

You can delete cookies already stored on your computer, for example:
 
  • In Edge, go to "Settings", "Clear Browsing Data/Choose What to Clear", "Cookies and saved website data".
  • In Internet Explorer (version 10), you must manually delete cookie files (you can find instructions for doing so at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/278835)
  • In Firefox (version 24), you can delete cookies by clicking “Tools”, “Options” and “Privacy”, then selecting “Use custom settings for history”, clicking “Show Cookies”, and then clicking “Remove All Cookies”
  • In Chrome (version 29), you can delete all cookies by accessing the “Customise and control” menu, and clicking “Settings”, “Show advanced settings” and “Clear browsing data”, and then selecting “Delete cookies and other site and plug-in data” before clicking “Clear browsing data”
  • In MacOS Safari, you can block cookies by navigating to Safari > Preferences, click Privacy, then select Remove stored cookies and data.
Deleting cookies will have a negative impact on the usability of many websites. You can see details of the cookies we use and why here:

Strictly Necessary Cookies
Name Description Lifetime
CookieScriptConsent Required for noting your choice in accepting/declining the use of cookies such as Google Analytics on our site. 30 days

Performance Cookies
Name Description Lifetime
_ga Included in each page request by Google Analytics used to calculate visitor, session and campaign data for the sites analytics reports. Does not store any personally identifiable information. 2 years
_gid Included in each page request by Google Analytics used to distinguish users it expires after 2 hours. Does not store any personally identifiable information. 2 hours
_gat Included in each page request by Google Analytics used to throttle requests it expires after 10 minutes. Does not store any personally identifiable information. 10 minutes

Please note we cannot list all cookies that may be present. If you wish to prevent third party cookies block all cookies except the ones listed above.

Please also review our Privacy Policy.