Cookies are small text files that websites store on your computer, mobile device or tablet for varying lengths of time. They are used to improve your browser experience, for statistical analysis, to provide advanced functions, to simplify logging in and personalization, and – though not here at sscspace.com – for providing targeted advertising.
Cookies are often divided into different types. Some, called session cookies, only last until you leave the website. Other cookies are stored longer on your computer. These “persistent” cookies can last for different lengths of time. Some last 30 minutes, some for a few months, and some last for years. These ones are used for statistics and analysis.
The cookies we use at sscspace.com
We use two different types of cookies on sscspace.com. Both of them are third-party cookies, i.e. they are created by other companies that provide services to sscspace.com:
Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, uses four different cookies which are stored on your computer for varying lengths of time. These collect anonymous information including the number of visitors to the site, where the visitors came to the site from and the pages they visit while they are here.
The _utma cookie remains on a computer for two years or until the cookie cache is cleared. It tracks anonymous user behavior, such as first visit and last visit.
The _utmb cookie lasts for 30 minutes and the _utmc lasts until the end of your browser session. They work together to calculate the time a user spends on the site, the first showing when you arrive and the second showing when you leave.
The _utmz cookie indicates where a user was before they came to sscspace.com. It might have been a search engine like Google or Bing, on a social network site, or just straight from entering the address. It shows geolocation data too (roughly where you are). If the visitor searched for a keyword, it stores that as well. This cookie lasts six months and is probably the most important Google Analytics cookie.
For more information on the cookies used by Google Analytics, visit their site.