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Cookies and what you need to know about them

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Cookies and what you need to know about them

This website, as almost all websites do, uses cookies,  to help provide you with the best experience when you visit.

Cookies are simply small text files which are placed on your pc, laptop or mobile phone when you browse a website.

The cookies help us to:

  • Make our website work as you’d expect
  • Save you having to login every time you visit the site
  • Remember your settings during and between visits
  • Offer you free services/content (thanks to advertising)
  • Improve the speed/security of the site
  • Allow you to share pages with social networks like Facebook
  • Personalise our site to you to help you get what you need faster
  • Continuously improve our website for you
  • Make our marketing more efficient (ultimately helping us to offer the service we do at the price we do)

We do not use cookies to:

  • Collect any personally identifiable information (without your express permission)
  • Collect any sensitive information (without your express permission)
  • Pay sales commissions

You can learn more about all the cookies we use below

Granting us permission to use cookies

If the settings on your software that you are using to view this website (your browser) are adjusted to accept cookies we take this, and your continued use of our website, to mean that you are fine with this. Should you wish to remove or not use cookies from our site you can learn how to do this below, however doing so will likely mean that our site will not work as you would expect.

More about our Cookies

Website Function Cookies

Our own cookies

We use cookies to make our website work including:

  • Making our shopping basket and checkout work
  • Determining if you are logged in or not
  • Remembering your search settings
  • Remembering if you have accepted our terms and conditions
  • Showing you which pages you have recently visited
  • Allowing you to add comments to our site
  • Tailoring content to your needs
  • Remembering your preferences such as colours, text size and layout
  • Remembering if we have already asked you certain questions (e.g. you declined to use our app or take our survey)

There is no way to prevent these cookies being set other than to not use our site.

Third party functions

Our site, like most websites, includes functionality provided by third parties. A common example is an embedded YouTube video. Our site includes the following which use cookies:

  • Google
  • Youtube
  • Embedly
  • Twitter
  • Facebook

Disabling these cookies will likely break the functions offered by these third parties

Social Website Cookies

So you can easily ‘Like’? or share our content on the likes of Facebook and Twitter we have included sharing buttons on our site.

Cookies are set by:

  • AddThis – provide us with lots of sharing buttons all in one neat package

The privacy implications on this will vary from social network to social network and will be dependent on the privacy settings you have chosen on these networks.

Site Improvement Cookies

We regularly test new designs or site features on our site. We do this by showing slightly different versions of our website to different people and anonymously monitoring how our site visitors respond to these different versions. Ultimately this helps us to offer you a better website.

We use:

  • Chartbeat.com
  • VisualRevenue.com

We use cookies to compile visitor statistics such as how many people have visited our website, what type of technology they are using (e.g. Mac or Windows which helps to identify when our site isn’t working as it should for particular technologies), how long they spend on the site, what page they look at etc. This helps us to continuously improve our website. These so called “analyticsâ€? programs also tell us if , on an anonymous basis, how people reached this site (e.g. from a search engine) and whether they have been here before helping us to put more money into developing our services for you instead of marketing spend.

We use:

  • Google Analytics
  • chartbeat.com

Advertising Cookies

Cookies are widely used in online advertising. Neither us, advertisers or our advertising partners can gain personally identifiable information from these cookies. We only work with advertising partners who work to accepted privacy standards such as http://www.youronlinechoices.com/uk/iab-good-practice-principles

You can learn more about online advertising at http://www.youronlinechoices.com. You can opt-out of almost all advertising cookies at http://www.youronlinechoices.com/uk/your-ad-choices although we would prefer that you didn’ as ultimately adverts help keep much of the internet free. It is also worth noting that opting out of advertising cookies will not mean you won’t see adverts, just simply that they won’t be tailored to you any longer.

We use:

  • DoubleClick – owned by Google

Banner Adverts

We fund our site by showing adverts as you browse our site. These adverts are usually managed by a partner specialising in providing adverts for multiple sites. Invariably these partners place cookies to collect anonymous data about the websites you visits so they can personalise the adverts to you, ensure that you don’t see the same adverts too frequently and ultimately report to advertisers on which adverts are working. Our partners include:

Remarketing Cookies

You may notice that sometimes after visiting a site you see increased numbers of adverts from the site you visited. This is because advertisers, including ourselves pay for these adverts. The technology to do this is made possible by cookies and as such we may place a so called “remarketing cookieâ€? during your visit. We use these adverts to offer special offers etc to encourage you to come back to our site. Don’t worry we are unable to proactively reach out to you as the whole process is entirely anonymised. You can opt out of these cookies at anytime as explained above.

Turning Cookies Off

You can usually switch cookies off by adjusting your browser settings to stop it from accepting cookies (Learn how here). Doing so however will likely limit the functionality of our’s and a large proportion of the world’s websites as cookies are a standard part of most modern websites

 

This article on the Irish Web Design website called ‘Cookies and what you need to know about them’ contains content that fiest appeared appeared in the Irish Examiner

http://www.irishexaminer.com/info/cookiepolicy/

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Grants available for websites

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Business Expansion Grants

Grants available for websites for businesses trading more than 18 months

The Business Expansion Grant is designed to assist the business in it’s growth phase after the initial 18 month start-up period. Micro enterprises that have availed of a Priming Grant are ineligible to apply for a Business Expansion Grant until 18 months after the final drawdown date of the Priming Grant, except in exceptional circumstances.

Business Expansion Grants may be awarded to sole traders, partnerships or limited companies that fulfil the following criteria:

  • Located within the CEB’s geographic area;
  • A business, which on growth, may or may not have the capacity to fit the Enterprise Ireland portfolio;
  • A business employing up to 10 employees;
  • A manufacturing or internationally traded service business;
  • A domestically traded service business with the potential to trade internationally.

The maximum Business Expansion Grant payable must not exceed 50% of the investment or €150,000, whichever is the lesser.

Grants over €80,000 and up to €150,000 shall be the exception and shall only apply in the case of projects that clearly demonstrate a potential to graduate to Enterprise Ireland and / or to export internationally.

In all other cases, the maximum grant shall be 50% of the investment of €80,000, whichever is the lesser.

Subject to the 50% limit, a maximum grant of up to €15,000 per full time job created shall apply in respect of any employment support grant aid.

Expenditure may be considered under the following headings:

  • Capital Items: These include fit out of workspace, office equipment, machinery, computer costs, hardware and software etc. (Note acquisition of building and purchase of mobile assets are excluded from grant aid).
  • Salary Costs: For first year of employment. This to be paid out in two instalments. The first instalment at the commencement of employment and the second instalment once the employment has continued in existence for a period of six months. The level of grant support should reflect the salary scale proposed for the employment being generated. It is anticipated that only quality jobs attracting salaries in excess of €40,000 will be eligible for the maximum €15,000 grant support with appropriately scaled back grants offered in accordance with proposed salary for lower paid positions. Staff recruitment costs may also be considered eligible for grant aid.
  • Rental / Accommodation Costs: For first year of project. (Note where rental space is already subsidised by an investment of public funds then grant support should reflect the differential between the market rate and subsidised rate). Rental costs may be paid up front subject to receipt by the Board of signed lease / rental agreements.
  • Utility Costs: These include installation costs for telephone and broadband. (Note mobile phone costs are excluded).
  • Marketing Costs: These include packaging, brochures, business cards, trade fairs, website design and development, and other marketing initiatives.
  • Consultancy Costs: These include design fees, patent costs, architect, accountant and legal fees.
  • Business Specific Training: Costs here refer to specialised management or key personnel training programmes that are required to ensure the growth of the business. Such courses should not be generally available under the Board’s general training programmes.

Grants available for websites

Grants available for websites – Irish Web Design

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Is Captcha security a good idea?

Captcha security test questioned

Is Captcha security a good idea? is a question has been raised as a result of problems with a White House petition.

The fact that Ticketmaster dumped the Captcha from their website casts further doubt on the need for this security measure.

 

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Captchas can be used in a graphic and in an audio form but both can be difficult to interpret

Is Captcha security a good idea?

The National Federation for the Blind in the USA has stated that its members are unable to sign an e-petition which is collecting support for demands that printed material should be more accessible to those who are visually impaired because of “Captcha” security on the website.

A Captcha is a graphic of a random word or numbers users must key in to show that they are human.

There is an equivalent audio version on most websites that feature the Captcha.

Captcha comes from ‘Completely Automated Public Turing Test to Tell Computers and Humans Apart’, so one could argue its two or three t’s short of an accurate Acronym.

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The White House Washington USA Logo

The White House whose website it is says that it complies with official US accessibility standards although it has received just 8,200 signatures.

Chris Danielsen of the American Federation for the Blind said “We had asked people to sign the petition and we’re getting these emails saying that people can’t”

He told the Politico website that he realised there was a problem after he began publicising the petition.

The editor of the BBC’s ‘Ouch’ blog (for people with disabilities) Damon Rose said that “Captcha graphics are a nightmare – visually impaired people use screen readers to interpret their computer rather than their eyes and the screens can’t manage them.

“Ironically if I see an audio capture I tend not to bother with it because it’s usually such a poor experience… some of them sound like aliens talking and they put weird background noises over them. They are a bit of a joke in the blind community. I’ve spent half an hour on some and had to give up.”

Mr Rose added that a result of this was that many visually impaired people found that, on messageboards and blogs they could not contribute to discussion and debate.

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ticketmaster logo

Earlier the year Ticketmaster the international event ticket service removed the Captchas from its sales website.

Aaron Young of Bunnyfoot, the user experience consultancy said “It is generally speaking the one of the most hated pieces of user interaction on the web,”

In the view of Irish Web Design it is worth weighing up the value of the added security versus the irritation to users that Captcha causes.

Your business may be losing customers who simply give up when confronted with the frustration of a difficult to read Captcha.

So in response to the question: ‘Is Captcha security a good idea?’ Irish Web Design feels that in many cases it is not necessary, and therefore is not a good idea.

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Captcha Cartoon

This article uses material that originally appeared on the BBC News Website

Is Captcha security a good idea? – Irish Web Design

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