Privacy Policy

As of 26th May 2011, we are required under EU law to tell you what cookies and other local shared objects this site sets.

In general, you can use this website without giving us any information. We may however collect details and information that you knowingly submit (by email for example).

We use cookies to track your usage of the site - these cookies do not record any personal information about you.

As with all websites, for operational and security purposes all page requests are logged by our web server software. All log file information collected by dotComXL is kept secure and no access to raw log files is given to any third party.

What are Cookies

Contrary to popular belief, cookies are not programs. They don’t do anything at all.

Cookies can store a wide range of information, including personally identifiable information (such as your name, home address, e-mail address, or telephone number). However, this information can only be stored if you provide it - websites cannot gain access to information you didn't provide to them (e.g. when you register to a website and you submit your information through a form), and they can't access other files on your computer.

Cookies are stored on a user's computer. They are designed to hold a modest amount of data specific to a particular client and website. This allows the server to deliver a page tailored to a particular user.

Why do we use Cookies?

We DO NOT collect any personal data through the use of cookies; we only use them to:

  • monitor and analyse website traffic - Google Analytics.
  • to 'remember' a user preference.
  • embed social media features from Facebook and Twitter.

Session Cookie

Our website generates a session cookie as soon as you visit it. This cookie stores nothing other than a random generated number and is essential for the website to function.

Cookie NameTypical contentExpiry
random generated number random generated number 1 day

Cookies for measuring web traffic

Cookie NameTypical contentExpiry
_utma randomly generated number 2 years
_utmb randomly generated number 30 minutes
_utmz randomly generated number + info on how the site was reached (e.g. directly or via a link, organic search or paid search) 6 months

Cookies for 'remembering' a user preference

Occasionally we will have important news or promotions that we don't want you to miss. These will be displayed with a 'drop down box' which can be hidden by clicking on the 'close' button. On hiding the box, a cookie will be stored only to remember your choice so that the box will remain hidden from page to page.

Cookie NameTypical contentExpiry
foobar-state true|1 1 day

Cookies for embedding social media features

We are using social media buttons and widgets to allow our website visitors to share and comment on our tutorials and news. Linkedin and Stumbleupon will store 1 cookie each when you visit any article of our blog. 

Cookie NameTypical contentExpiry
X-LI-IDC a number
su_bc a letter and a number (e.g. C1)

How to manage cookies.

We believe that you should not be unduly concerned with the use of cookies on this site.

You can however control how your web browser deals with cookies by changing your browser settings.


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