What are Cookies?
Cookies are small files stored on a user’s computer and hold data relating to a specific website. Cookies are placed on the user’s computer by that website and accessed each time a user browses the site. The cookies used by Athena Advisers are fairly standard and harmless. We primarily use them to collect data to help us improve our website by seeing which parts of the site are being used, how users are navigating pages and what items on each page they click on. Nonetheless, we would like you to know which cookies Athena Advisers use, why we use them, and give you the option to opt-out of us using them on your computer/device if you wish.
Below, each of the cookies that our site sets are listed, with detail as to why we use them. For those that want a little more information, we’ve added information which details the exact purpose of every single cookie we create. Lastly, we’ve included information about the time the cookie is kept on your system (is it kept after you leave the site, to be used when you return − persistent − or deleted once your visit is completed and only used for that visit − session).
You can opt-out of certain cookie types. Opting out will apply only to the browser or device that you are currently using, so you may need to change these settings again if you use other browsers or devices to browse the web.
We will make every effort to recognise and respect your choices; however there is a small chance that not all cookies and similar methods of data capture will be covered by these settings. If this is a concern to you then we recommend that you change the settings in your browser. If you wish to restrict or block web browser cookies which are set on your device then you can do this through your browser settings; the Help function within your browser should tell you how.
Cookies – Helpful Resources
Browser manufacturers provide help pages relating to cookie management in their products. Please see below for more information.
For other browsers, please consult the documentation that your browser manufacturer provides.
1. Strictly necessary cookies Enabled
Some cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features. Without these cookies, we may not be able to connect you to our site properly.
We spend a lot of time and effort ensuring that our site remains available all the time; to do that we have web servers running in many different locations. In order to ensure that your journey through the site works properly we like to keep you connected to the same locations. It also allows us to spread the load, meaning our site remains as performant as it can be.
For visitors to our professional users site, authentication cookies give the added reassurance of site security. These cookies ensure that only authenticated users have access to Athena Advisers Net, thus keeping our site as safe as possible.
If you have any queries or require more information on this please email [email protected]
|Cookie Name||Location / Purpose||Persistent or Session|
Tracks user session, pages visited and properties
|fr||Facebook.com – Cookie to track visits from Facebook and advertise relevant properties on Facebook/Instagram feed if advertising options are accepted on the platform||Persistent – 45 days|
|optimizelyBuckets||.athenaadvisers.com grouping of properties viewed||Persistent|
|optimizelyEndUserId||.athenaadvisers.com – properties viewed in the session||Session|
|optimizelySegments||.athenaadvisers.com – properties viewed by area, type and price||Session|
In addition to cookies, local storage allows us to use a tiny bit of space on your machine to store information, in much the same way as cookies. We use this to store information which, we feel, enhances your journey through the site by remembering previous actions and making them default for the future. All local storage is persistent, with no expiry.
2. Performance cookies
These cookies collect information about how visitors use our site, for instance which page is viewed most often, and if error messages are seen. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies a visitor. All information that these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how our website works.
Like most websites, we use analytics software, such as Google Analytics or other search engine optimisation software. This software gathers anonymous data relating to how our site is being used and then provides us with aggregated visitor statistics, number of page views etc. We supplement this data with our own analytics, to allow us to do more in-depth analysis of how people use our site. We feel this information is vital to us, helping us to make the site as easy to use and useful as possible.
We regularly add new features and change existing features to make the site work as well as possible, and to make the experience as helpful as possible to all parties (we care about the experience all of our users get!) To ensure that the changes we make are useful, we test variants of these changes across our site, reviewing data from our analytics system to see what works best. The cookies below allow us to do that.
3. Functionality cookies
These cookies allow us to remember choices you have made to provide a more enhanced, personal service. The information these cookies collect relates only to our website.
We have a bunch of features which need to understand what you’ve been doing on the site recently, and to reduce the amount of times you have to do the same thing. For instance, you don’t want to fill in the contact agent form again and again with the same data, so we store that information to reduce the time it takes and to make life easier. All the cookies below perform a similar function.
4. Online behavioural advertising
We do not run 3rd party adverts on our website.
5. Third-party A/B testing tools
6. What to do if you don’t want cookies to be set or want them to be removed?
If you do not want to receive cookies, you can change your browser settings on your computer or other device you’re using to access our services. If you use the Site without changing your browser settings, we’ll assume you’re happy to receive all cookies on the Athena Advisers website. Most browsers also provide functionality that lets you review and erase cookies, including cookies. Please note that the Athena Advisers site may not work properly without cookies.