Cookie Policy

What Are Cookies

As is common practice with almost all websites this site uses cookies, which are tiny files that are downloaded to your computer, to improve your experience. This page describes the cookies we use, why we use them and the information they gather. We also outline how you can prevent these cookies from being stored, however this will downgrade your experience and will break certain elements of the sites.

For more general information on cookies please read this Wikipedia article.

Cookies We Use

Cookie Name Purpose More information
Google (Universal Analytics) _ga This cookie is a Google Analytics persistent cookie which is used to distinguish unique users. Read Google’s Overview of safeguarding your data
_gid This cookie is installed by Google Analytics. The cookie is used to store information of how visitors use a website and helps in creating an analytics report of how the website is doing. The data collected including the number visitors, the source where they have come from, and the pages visited in an anonymous form.
_gat, _gat_tag_[hash] This cookie is used to throttle request rate. These are third party cookies that are placed on your device to allow us to use the Google Analytics service. These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our website. We use this information to compile reports and to help us improve the website.
Shetland News sn_account This cookie is used to display your login details. The cookie is cleared upon logging out. The duration of this cookies is determined at login, it’s default is session, however if user ticks ‘remember me’ box, duration is 1 year from login. If you have any questions regarding these cookies, please contact us.
sn_cookies This cookie is used to determine whether you’ve accepted the use of cookies. This cookie expires after 1 year.
sn_push This cookie is used to determine whether you’ve accepted the use of push notifications. This cookie is set to expire after 1 year.
sn_reminder This cookie is used to temporarily hide the supporter message. This cookie is set to expire after 7 days or is cleared if the user signs out.
sn_charts_legend This cookie stores the user legend preference for the weather charts. This cookie is set to expire after 1 year.
WordPress wordpress_logged_in_[hash] This cookie is used to indicate when you are logged in, and who you are. This cookie is maintained on the front-end of the website as well when logged in. General WordPress cookie information can be found here.
wordpress_sec_[hash] This cookie is used to store your authentication details.
wordpress_metrics This cookie is used for search metrics.
Wordfence (Security) wfwaf-authcookie-[hash] This cookie is used by the Wordfence firewall to perform a capability check for the user. General Wordfence cookie information can be found here.

Why do we use these cookies?

We use strictly necessary cookies in order to enable you to move around the website and access secure areas of the site, such as your user account.
We also use functionality cookies in order to log and display your bookmarks.
We use performance cookies such as Google Analytics to collect information about how visitors use our website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often. They may also show us which email or web page visitors clicked through from in order to visit our website, and whether you opened an email we sent you.

Disabling/Enabling cookies

You can choose to disable cookies on your browser, however doing so will downgrade your experience and will break elements of the site.

Each browser has its own procedure to manage settings. Click on the links below for instructions.