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Privacy & Cookies

What are Cookies?

A "cookie" is a small piece of information sent by a web server to store on a web browser so it can later be read back from that browser. This is useful for having the browser remember some specific information and saves time.

About the Cookies that used in this website

There are two kinds of cookies we used on silvermans.co.uk website. A Session Cookie is a line of text that is stored temporarily in your computer’s random access memory (RAM).  A session cookie is destroyed as soon as you close your browser. A Persistent Cookie is a line of text that is saved to a file on your hard drive and is called up the next time you visit that Web site.  This lets the Web site remember information about your previous visits and use of the Web site.  If any Web page uses a Persistent Cookie, then the Limited Privacy Policy for that Web page will clearly state the purpose and legal authority for such use.

We use Session Cookies in the following manner: Log-on and log-off process — you do not have to log-on and register to browse our site.  If you decide to register with our site to use one of our online services, session cookies help with the log-on and log-off process.  The cookies enable us to recognize your log-on ID when you log on so that we do not create a duplicate registration record for you. Transactions and site usability — we use Session Cookies to improve how you navigate through our Web site and conduct transactions.  Session Cookies are used to maintain your online session as you browse over several pages, or to store and enter information on a Web page so that you do not have to reenter the same information, repetitively.  Session Cookies may also be used to collect referral statistics when you click on a link.

Persistent Cookies we used on silvermans site are given below 

Cookie Name   Purpose on Silvermans website 
.ASPXANONYMOUS   This is required to identify entities that are not authenticated when authorization is required. 
portalroles    This cookie is used to identify the user roles and their permissions on the website
Cookies used for Google Analytics  
Cookie Name Purpose on Silvermans website
__utma   Stores each user's amount of visits, and the time of the first visit, the previous visit, and the current visit (presumably partly for double checking of this information). 
__utmb and __utmc Used to check approximately how long you stay on a site: when a visit starts, and approximately ends
__utmz stores where a visitor came from (search engine, search keyword, link) 
__utmv  Used for user-custom variables in Analytics 


 Google Cookie Privacy Policy

Like many services, Google Analytics uses first-party cookies to track visitor interactions. These cookies are used to store information, such as what time the current visit occurred, whether the visitor has been to the site before, and what site referred the visitor to the web page. Browsers do not share first-party cookies across domains.

Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on (BETA)

To provide website visitors with more choice on how their data is collected by Google Analytics, Google have developed the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on. The add-on communicates with the Google Analytics JavaScript (ga.js) to indicate that information about the website visit should not be sent to Google Analytics.  If you want to opt out, download and install the add-on for your current web browser. The Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on is available for Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari and Opera.  Link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout

Content Management System (CMS) Cookie Usage Background

The CMS uses a number of cookies, the most important of which are the forms authentication cookie (created when a user logs in) and the portal roles cookie, which stores what roles a user has access to in the current portal.

Login and security

The forms authentication cookie are by default temporary (session) cookies and not persistent cookies; however users can make them persistent by checking the "remember me" checkbox on the login control. The portals role cookie is persistent but it only exists for 1 minute - and the contents are encrypted as well as containing a portal id to make sure that they only apply for that portal. We use the expiry here as we want to be sure to refresh the users portal roles to pick up any alterations that may have occurred e.g. if an admin has added the user to new roles. There is no way to disable this in the application currently, but an alternative membership can be provided Please note, that whilst session cookies are typically preferred as this cookie has a short expiration of 1 minute (to ensure role identification is valid), having it as a session cookie would have a longer lasting cookie (by default of 30 minutes since the last period of activity) so a persistent cookie is a better option in this case.

Other cookies

As well as these two, DotNetNuke can create a cookie to track affiliates (used to allow sites to track and reward vendor affiliates). Whilst this (little used) function cannot be disabled by a setting, sites that no not allow persistent cookies can safely remove this by editing default.aspx.cs (or .vb), going to the Manage Request function and removing the request. Cookies ("affiliateid") block. You may also see one other cookie if you choose to install and use the user’s online module as it creates cookies to track when an anonymous user logs in so that it does not miscount active users. To avoid this cookie log in as host and go to host->host settings and ensure "enable users online" is unchecked (this is the default).

How to Enable/Disable Cookies 

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