What are Cookies and Web Beacons?
“Cookies” are small text files that are placed on your device (e.g., a computer or mobile phone) by a Web Server when you access our Services. We may use both session Cookies and persistent Cookies to identify that you’ve logged into the Services and to tell us how and when you interact with our Services. While a session Cookie will automatically disappear after you close your browser, a persistent Cookie will remain even after you close your browser and may be used by your browser on subsequent visits to our Site or to one of the other websites that hosts our Services. Persistent Cookies can be removed. Please review your web browser's “Help” file to learn how to modify your Cookie settings.
“Web Beacons” (also known as Web bugs, pixel tags or clear GIFs) are tiny graphics with a unique identifier that are often used in combination with Cookies. Web Beacons are included on our Services for several purposes, including to deliver or communicate with Cookies, to track and measure the performance of our Services, to monitor how many visitors view our Services, and to monitor the effectiveness of our advertising. Unlike Cookies, which are stored on the user’s device, Web Beacons are typically embedded invisibly on web pages (or in an e-mail). Also, unlike Cookies, you cannot decline Web Beacons.
You can deactivate Google Analytics using a browser add-on (for certain browser types on desktop) if you do not wish the website analysis to take place. You can download the add-on here: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
This add-on stores “opt-out” information on your device that serves to match up your deactivation of Google Analytics. Please note that this kind of “opt out” only leads to the deactivation of Google Analytics for the device and browser from which the opt out was activated. In addition, you may need to reactivate it if you delete cookies from your device.
Although most browsers automatically accept Cookies, you can change your browser options to stop automatically accepting Cookies or to prompt you before accepting Cookies. For other ways to control or delete Cookies, please visit www.aboutcookies.org. Please note, however, that if you don’t accept Cookies, you may not be able to access all the features that our Services offer and you may need to adjust some of your preferences every time you visit a website where our Services are hosted.