Cookie and Browser Settings

Cookie and Browser Settings

Cookies help us remember you and show you things we think you will like. See below for information about how we use cookies and how you can change your settings to suit your preferences.

What do I need to know about cookies?

 

A cookie is a small text file that's stored on your computer or mobile device when you visit a website. We use them to:

  • Remember your preferences
  • Tailor our sites to your interests

 

There are different types of cookies

 

First party cookies

These are set by the website you're visiting. And only that website can read them. In addition, a website might use a separate company to analyse how people are using their site. And this separate company will set their own cookie to do this.

Third party cookies

These are set by someone other than the owner of the website you're visiting.

Some QA web pages may also contain content from other sites like YouTube, which may set their own cookies. Also, if you Share a link to a QA page, the service you share it on (e.g. Facebook) may set a cookie on your browser.

QA has no control over third party cookies.

Advertising cookies

Some websites use advertising networks to show you specially targeted adverts when you visit. These networks may also be able to track your browsing across different sites.

QA occasionally set advertising cookies for people visiting our website. These advertising cookies may track your browsing outside the QA website.

Session cookies

These are stored while you're browsing. They get deleted from your device when you close your browser (e.g. Internet Explorer or Safari).

Persistent cookies

These are saved on your computer. So they don't get deleted when you close your browser.

QA use persistent cookies when we need to know who you are for more than one browsing session. For example, we use them to remember your preferences for the next time you visit.

Other tracking technologies

Some sites use things like web beacons, clear GIFs, page tags and web bugs to understand how people are using them and target advertising at people.

They usually take the form of a small, transparent image, which is embedded in a web page or email. They work with cookies and capture data like your IP address, when you viewed the page or email, what device you were using and where you were.

 

How does QA use cookies?

 

We use different types of cookies for different things, such as:

  • Analysing how you use the QA website
  • Giving you a better, more personalised experience
  • Recognising when you've signed in to myQA

 

Read on to find out more about the different kinds of cookie we use.

 

Strictly Necessary cookies

These cookies let you use all the different parts of www.qa.com. Without them services that you have asked for cannot be provided.

Some examples of how we use these cookies are:

  • Signing into myQA
  • Remembering previous actions such as text entered into a registration form when navigating back to a page in the same session
  • Remembering security settings which restrict access to certain content

 

Functional cookies

These help us personalise the QA website to you. Some examples of these cookies are:

  • Remembering if you visited the website before so that messages for new visitors are not displayed to you
  • Remembering settings applied to the website such as colour, font size and layout

 

Performance cookies

These help us understand how people are using the QA website, so we can make it better. And they let us try out different ideas. We sometimes get other companies to analyse how people are using the QA website. These companies may set their own performance cookies.

Some examples of how we use these cookies are:

  • To collect information about which web pages visitors go to most often so we can improve the online experience
  • Error management to make sure that the website is working properly
  • Testing designs to help improve the look and feel of the website

 

What cookies does QA use?

Cookie Name

Description

1st or 3rd Party & Session

Purpose: Essential/Analytics/Marketing

.ASPXAUTH

ASP .net authentication cookie

1st session only

Essential - Standard session cookie served by the web server

ASP.NET_SessionId

Preserves the visitor's session state across page requests.

1st session only

Essential - Standard session cookie served by the web server

ictf_il1291

Tracking Source Cache

1st stored for 10 years

Marketing - weblink

ictf_in1291

Number Replacement Source Cache

1st stored for 10 years

ictf_master

Unique Visitor Reference

3rd stored for 10 years

optimizelyBuckets

Allows for A/B testing, Stores the experiments and variations that a user has been bucketed into. Therefore, the user will continually see the same variation for every experiment on the page.

3rd stored for 10 years

Marketing - weblink

optimizelyEndUserId

Contains the end user’s unique identifier. Used by Optimizely to track information on a per user basis. This cookie has an expiration time of ten years to ensure that an end user will continue to be properly identified and thus prevent duplicated data even over long periods.

3rd stored for 10 years

optimizelyPendingLogEvents

Used as a cache of a user’s actions between tracking calls. When the tracking call is made the cookie will be wiped. This is to ensure that all events are tracked even if the user is committing actions in rapid succession.

3rd stored for 1 day

optimizelySegments

Holds Audience segmentation data for the visitor

3rd stored for 10 years

wow.anonymousId

These cookies track company IP's, website history and additional contact info which is provided from a variety of data sources.

3rd stored for 2 years

Analytics - Does not store user data, only stores active menu node over post-back

wow.schedule

These cookies track company IP's, website history and additional contact info which is provided from a variety of data sources.

3rd session only

Essential - Standard session cookie served by the web server

wow.session

These cookies track company IP's, website history and additional contact info which is provided from a variety of data sources.

3rd session only

wow.utmvalues

These cookies track company IP's, website history and additional contact info which is provided from a variety of data sources.

3rd session only

Analytics - Does not store user data, only stores active menu node over post-back

wow.trackingdata

These cookies track company IP's, website history and additional contact info which is provided from a variety of data sources.

3rd session only

Marketing - /3rd party cookie which is only used by GatorMail integration so GatorLeads (previously known as WOW Analytics) knows email contacts visiting website

wow.data

These cookies track company IP's, website history and additional contact info which is provided from a variety of data sources.

3rd stored for 2 years

Analytics - Does not store user data, only stores active menu node over post-back

SC_ANALYTICS_GLOBAL_COOKIE

Used by Sitecore Engagement Analytics to identify the visitor on repeat visits to the website

1st stored for 1 year

Analytics

hjIncludedInSample

Is the visitor included in sample to generate funnels

3rd session only

Marketing

__zlcmid

Allows Live Chat window to stay open across different pages

1st session only

Essential - Standard session cookie served by the web server

__zlcprivacy

Remember Me cookie for Live Chat

1st

_ga

These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.

3rd stored for 2 years

Analytics - Does not store user data, only stores active menu node over post-back

_gat

3rd stored for 10 minutes

Analytics - Does not store user data, only stores active menu node over post-back

_gat_UA-21427913-1

3rd stored for 10 minutes

Analytics - Does not store user data, only stores active menu node over post-back

_gid

3rd stored for 10 minutes

Analytics - Does not store user data, only stores active menu node over post-back

gwcc

Google Website Call Conversion

3rd stored for 3 months

Marketing

_uetsid

 

3rd session only

Analytics - Does not store user data, only stores active menu node over post-back

source

Stores Marketing information

1st stored for 7 days

Marketing - Does not store user data, only stores click-through source

What happens if third party cookies are disabled on my browser?

 

If third-party cookies are disabled on your browser, some features on the QA website may not work quite as you'd expect.

This is because, like anything you sign in to, your myQA account relies on cookies to provide some www.qa.com services like personalisation.

If your browser is blocking third-party cookies, some of these features can't work properly so you may experience problems with your myQA account.

If you've chosen to block third-party cookies on your browser and want to avoid problems using your myQA account, be sure to set exceptions for www.qa.com.

This won't affect your privacy settings on other websites and services you use.

 

How can I change my QA cookie settings?

 

Most internet browsers accept cookies automatically, but you can change the settings of your browser to erase cookies or prevent automatic acceptance if you prefer. These settings will typically be found in the 'options' or 'preferences' menu of your browser. The links below explain how you can control cookies via your browser – remember that if you turn off cookies in your browser then these settings apply to all websites not just this one.

 

 

For further information about cookies and how to control their use, please visit the following third party educational resources.

 

QA Terms and Conditions

 

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