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    Purpose

    The purpose of this policy is to explain to users of this website Defense.com™ how cookies are used on the site, the options for controlling the use of cookies and what cookies are used.

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    Scope

    This policy applies to the cookies used on this website Defense.com™ and in sales and marketing emails.

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    Definitions

    The following terms are used throughout this policy and are defined as follows:

    • “Cookie” – cookies are small files that are placed on your computer by the websites that you visit. They are used in order to make websites work, to provide features, or to work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owner of the site such as pages visited, number of visitors etc. Some cookies also enable the display of relevant advertising when you move from site to site.

    • “We/us/our” – refers to Defense.com™ Cyber Ltd, the owner of this website registered at Unit 13, Gateway 1000, Whittle Way, Stevenage, Herts, SG1 2FP. UK with company registration number 05490180.

    • “Personal data” – is any information which can directly or indirectly identify a living person

    • “First Party Cookie” – this is a cookie that is controlled by us

    • “Third Party Cookie” – this is a cookie provided by a third party e.g. Google Analytics for which we have no control over

    • “Session” – if a cookie does not contain an expiration date, it is considered a session cookie. Session cookies are stored in memory and never written to disk. When the browser closes, the cookie is permanently lost from this point on.

    • “Persistent” – these cookies stay in one of your browser’s subfolders until you delete them manually or your browser deletes them based on the duration period contained within the persistent cookie’s file

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    Cookie types

    We use the following types of cookies on our website:

    • Necessary cookies – these cookies are necessary for the operation of our site. They don’t access or store any personal data. Our website cannot function without these cookies so they are, by default switched on.

      You can manage cookies in your browser (see browser settings in section X) Your choices will include the ability to switch off cookies completely and removing cookies by deleting them when you leave our site. If you do switch cookies off you may find problems with the operation of our website.

    • Analytics cookies – these cookies allow us to analyse website use such as which pages are most popular and how visitors move around the site. The information collected does not directly identify any individuals.

      You can control whether you want to accept the use of these cookies via the cookie consent options on the website.

    • Functionality cookies – these cookies allow us to recognise you when you return to our website. They enable us to personalise content for you and remember preferences you may have set on your last visit.

      You can control whether you want to accept the use of these cookies via the cookie consent options on the website.

    • Performance/statistics cookies – these cookies collect information about how you use our website (e.g. which Internet browser you use, how often you visit our website, which pages you open, or how long you stay on our website). These cookies do not store any information that enables visitors to be personally identified. The information collected with the help of these cookies is aggregated, and thus anonymous.

    • Marketing cookies – these cookies allow us to provide Personalised and relevant services or advertising to our visitors, and to assess the effectiveness of our digital marketing activities. We also use these cookies to enable third party ‘plug-ins’ like social media sharing and like buttons. They also enable us to play video content.

    You can control whether you want to accept the use of these cookies via the cookie consent options on the website.

    1. Necessary cookies

      Cookie Name Duration Purpose
      OptanonAlertBoxClosed Persistent This cookie is set by websites using certain versions of the cookie law compliance solution from OneTrust. It is set after visitors have seen a cookie information notice and, in some cases, only when they actively close the notice down. It enables the website not to show the message more than once to a user. The cookie has a one-year lifespan and contains no personal information.
      OptanonConsent Persistent This cookie is set by the cookie compliance solution from OneTrust. It stores information about the categories of cookies the site uses and whether visitors have given or withdrawn consent for the use of each category. This enables site owners to prevent cookies in each category from being set in the user’s browser, when consent is not given. The cookie has a normal lifespan of one year, so that returning visitors to the site will have their preferences remembered. It contains no information that can identify the site visitor.
      wc_client Persistent

      This cookie is associated to What Converts which is a service that allows us to measure call centre interaction and identify the source of phone calls so we can understand the effectiveness of our marketing efforts.

      This cookie specifically stores Defense.com™ numbers that are being swapped out for call diagnostics purposes.

      wc_client_current Session

      This cookie is associated to What Converts which is a service that allows us to measure call centre interaction and identify the source of phone calls so we can understand the effectiveness of our marketing efforts.

      This cookie specifically stores Defense.com™ numbers that are being swapped out for call diagnostics purposes.

      wc_swap Persistent

      This cookie is associated to What Converts which is a service that allows us to measure call centre interaction and identify the source of phone calls so we can understand the effectiveness of our marketing efforts.

      This cookie specifically stores Defense.com™ numbers that are being swapped out for call diagnostics purposes.

      wc_visitor Persistent

      This cookie is associated to What Converts which is a service that allows us to measure call centre interaction and identify the source of phone calls so we can understand the effectiveness of our marketing efforts.

      This cookie specifically stores Defense.com™ numbers that are being swapped out for call diagnostics purposes.

    2. Functional cookies

      Cookie Name Duration Purpose
      _gd############# Session This cookie contains no identifying information and is used for diagnostic purposes by Impact Radius, a service we use to track signup commissions for our affiliate programme. We have categorized it under Functionality because it is necessary for the operation of our affiliate programme.
      AWSALB Persistent Registers which server-cluster is serving the visitor. This is used in context with load balancing, in order to optimize user experience.
      bcookie Persistent This domain is owned by LinkedIn, the business networking platform. It typically acts as a third party host where website owners have placed one of its content sharing buttons in their pages, although its content and services can be embedded in other ways. Although such buttons add functionality to the website they are on, cookies are set regardless of whether or not the visitor has an active Linkedin profile, or agreed to their terms and conditions. For this reason it is classified as a primarily tracking/targeting domain.
      VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE Persistent This cookie is used as a unique identifier to track viewing of videos.
      __cf_bm Persistent Cloudflare’s bot products identify and mitigate automated traffic to protect your site from bad bots. Cloudflare places the __cf_bm cookie on end-user devices that access customer sites protected by Bot Management or Bot Fight Mode.
      AWSALBCORS Persistent AWS Application Load Balancer Cookie: Load Balancing Cookie: Used to map the session to the instance. Same value as AWSALB.
      _clck Persistent Persists the Clarity User ID and preferences, unique to that site, on the browser. This ensures that behavior in subsequent visits to the same site will be attributed to the same user ID.
      _clsk Persistent Connects multiple page views by a user into a single Clarity session recording.
      _www_session Session Session cookies allow Defense.com™ to remember users when they move between web pages. These cookies tell the server what pages to show the user so the user doesn’t have to remember where they left off or start navigating the site all over again. Therefore, without session cookies, websites have no memory.
      intercom-id-dy577dhn Persistent Anonymous visitor identifier cookie. As people visit your site they get this cookie.
      intercom-session-dy577dhn Persistent Identifier for each unique browser session. The user can access their conversations and have data communicated on logged out pages for 1 week, as long as the session isn’t intentionally terminated with `Intercom(’shutdown’);`, which usually happens on logout.
      locale Persistent Remembers your language settings
    3. Analytics cookies

      Cookie Name Duration Purpose
      _ga Persistent This cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics – which is a significant update to Google’s more commonly used analytics service. This cookie is used to distinguish unique users by assigning a randomly generated number as a client identifier. It is included in each page request in a site and used to calculate visitor, session and campaign data for the sites analytics reports. By default it is set to expire after 2 years, although this is customisable by website owners._ga
      _gat_UA- Persistent This is a pattern type cookie set by Google Analytics, where the pattern element on the name contains the unique identity number of the account or website it relates to. It appears to be a variation of the _gat cookie which is used to limit the amount of data recorded by Google on high traffic volume websites.
      _gclxxxx Persistent Google conversion tracking cookie
      _gid Persistent This cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics. This appears to be a new cookie and as of Spring 2017 no information is available from Google. It appears to store and update a unique value for each page visited._gid
      _uetvid Persistent This is a cookie utilised by Microsoft Bing Ads and is a tracking cookie. It allows us to engage with a user that has previously visited our website.
    4. Marketing cookies (note, this includes sales and marketing emails)

      Cookie Name Duration Purpose
      lidc Persistent T This domain is owned by LinkedIn, the business networking platform. It typically acts as a third party host where website owners have placed one of its content sharing buttons in their pages, although its content and services can be embedded in other ways. Although such buttons add functionality to the website they are on, cookies are set regardless of whether or not the visitor has an active Linkedin profile, or agreed to their terms and conditions. For this reason it is classified as a primarily tracking/targeting domain.
      _gat_UA- Persistent This is a pattern type cookie set by Google Analytics, where the pattern element on the name contains the unique identity number of the account or website it relates to. It appears to be a variation of the _gat cookie which is used to limit the amount of data recorded by Google on high traffic volume websites.
      _gat_gtag_xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Persistent Google Analytics
      _gid Persistent This cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics. This appears to be a new cookie and as of Spring 2017 no information is available from Google. It appears to store and update a unique value for each page visited._gid
      SRM_B Persistent This domain is owned by Microsoft – it is the site for the search engine Bing.
      bscookie Persistent This domain is owned by LinkedIn, the business networking platform. It typically acts as a third party host where website owners have placed one of its content sharing buttons in their pages, although its content and services can be embedded in other ways. Although such buttons add functionality to the website they are on, cookies are set regardless of whether or not the visitor has an active Linkedin profile, or agreed to their terms and conditions. For this reason it is classified as a primarily tracking/targeting domain.
      UserMatchHistory Persistent This domain is owned by LinkedIn, the business networking platform. It typically acts as a third party host where website owners have placed one of its content sharing buttons in their pages, although its content and services can be embedded in other ways. Although such buttons add functionality to the website they are on, cookies are set regardless of whether or not the visitor has an active Linkedin profile, or agreed to their terms and conditions. For this reason it is classified as a primarily tracking/targeting domain.
      _uetsid Persistent This cookie is used by Bing to determine what ads should be shown that may be relevant to the end user perusing the site.
      lang Session This domain is owned by LinkedIn, the business networking platform. It typically acts as a third party host where website owners have placed one of its content sharing buttons in their pages, although its content and services can be embedded in other ways. Although such buttons add functionality to the website they are on, cookies are set regardless of whether or not the visitor has an active Linkedin profile, or agreed to their terms and conditions. For this reason it is classified as a primarily tracking/targeting domain.
      lang Session This domain is owned by LinkedIn, the business networking platform. This sub-domain is connected with LinkedIn’s marketing services that enable website owners to gain insight into types of users on their site based on LinkedIn profile data, to improve targetng.
      MUID Persistent This domain is owned by Microsoft – it is the site for the search engine Bing.
      YSC Session YouTube is a Google owned platform for hosting and sharing videos. YouTube collects user data through videos embedded in websites, which is aggregated with profile data from other Google services in order to display targeted advertising to web visitors across a broad range of their own and other websites.
      AnalyticsSyncHistory Persistent This domain is owned by LinkedIn, the business networking platform. It typically acts as a third party host where website owners have placed one of its content sharing buttons in their pages, although its content and services can be embedded in other ways. Although such buttons add functionality to the website they are on, cookies are set regardless of whether or not the visitor has an active Linkedin profile, or agreed to their terms and conditions. For this reason it is classified as a primarily tracking/targeting domain.
      CONSENT Persistent YouTube is a Google owned platform for hosting and sharing videos. YouTube collects user data through videos embedded in websites, which is aggregated with profile data from other Google services in order to display targeted advertising to web visitors across a broad range of their own and other websites.
      li_gc Persistent This domain is owned by LinkedIn, the business networking platform. It typically acts as a third party host where website owners have placed one of its content sharing buttons in their pages, although its content and services can be embedded in other ways. Although such buttons add functionality to the website they are on, cookies are set regardless of whether or not the visitor has an active Linkedin profile, or agreed to their terms and conditions. For this reason it is classified as a primarily tracking/targeting domain.
      ANONCHK Persistent This cookie is used by Microsoft for storing the session ID for a user. This cookie ensures that clicks from advertisement on the Bing search engine are verified and it is used for reporting purposes and for personalization.
      muc_ads Persistent Collects data on user behaviour and interaction in order to optimize the website and make advertisement on the website more relevant.
      SM Session Used in synchronizing the MUID across Microsoft domains.
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    Using your browser to control cookies

    As well as setting cookie preferences using the cookie settings options when you visit the website, you can also control cookie settings in your browser. How to control cookies for some of the most common browsers are detailed below:

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    Managing analytics cookies

    You can opt out of anonymous tracking from third party analytics cookies by clicking on the links of our service providers here:

    Google Analytics: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout

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    Further information

    If you would like any further information about the use of cookies on this website, please contact us at [email protected].

    Please also see our privacy notice here.

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    Changes to this policy

    We may make changes to this policy from time to time and the latest version of the policy will always be displayed on our website. You should check this policy from time to time to see any updates. This policy was last updated on 11/07/2022.