What is a Cookie?
A “cookie” is a small file of letters and numbers that is stored on your computer or mobile device when you visit a website. They contain information that is transferred to your computer’s hard drive. Cookies are then sent back to the originating site on each subsequent visit, or to another website that recognises that cookie. Cookies are useful because they allow a website understand how people use our site and which pages are most popular to enable us to serve our site visitors and application users well.
Cookies perform many functions, such as letting you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences, and generally improving your experience with our services.
Please note that VASW's cookies do not collect any personal or sensitive information, such as IP addresses. The information they store is not sent to any third parties.
VASW's cookies are only used to communicate with the VASW system for the purposes of user authentication, form validation/security and basic web application operations.
You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them below.
The Cookies We Use
VASW relies on PHP sessions to maintain sessions across web requests. That is done via the PHP session cookie. VASW names that cookie “CraftSessionId” by default, but it can be renamed via the phpSessionId config setting. This cookie will expire as soon as the session expires.
Control Panel Authentication
When you log into the Control Panel, or your account you will get an authentication cookie used to maintain your authenticated state. The cookie name is prefixed with a long, randomly generated string, followed by _identity. The cookie only stores information necessary to maintain a secure, authenticated session and will only exist for as long as the user is authenticated on VASW.
A cookie named CRAFT_CSRF_TOKEN is used to facilitate CSRF protection and will expire as soon as the PHP session expires.
_ga and _gat
These cookies register unique IDs used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.
This doubleclick.net Pixel Session cookie is used to send data to Google Analytics about the visitor’s device and behavior. It tracks the visitor across devices and marketing channels.
How to Control and Delete Cookies
Many of the cookies used on our website and through emails can be enabled or disabled by disabling the cookies through your browser. To disable cookies through your browser, follow the instructions usually located within the Help, Tools or Edit menus in your browser. Please note that disabling a cookie or category of cookies does not delete an existing cookie from your browser unless you delete it manually through your browser function. Disabling cookies may lead to reduced website functionality. For further information about cookies and how to disable them please go to the Information Commissioner’s webpage on cookies.
Browsing Session Duration
Some cookies such as CraftSessionId are intended to expire at the end of a browsing session. A browsing session typically ends when you close the browser window, but this behaviour may vary depending on the browsers you use and your browser preferences. In Chrome, for example, the Continue where you left off option for the On startup setting will prevent session cookies from being deleted, thereby extending your sessions indefinitely.