What are cookies?
Cookies are tiny text files that are sent to your browser by a web page and hold some information that can be accessed when you visit the website. They don’t usually hold personal information, but act more as an identifier so that the right personal information can be fetched and used by the site.
To make full use of the HomeOwners Alliance website you’ll need to accept cookies when you browse. For instance, they are used in our site search, online chat, membership sign-up, if you leave a comment or complete forms and applications, and to prevent you seeing the same information again and again as you travel the site.
Wherever we can we’ve reduced the number of cookies our website sends to your computer, tablet or phone, and as part of our commitment to transparency and understanding, you can see here what each cookie is for, how we use it, and how if you want to, you can reject cookies in your browser.
Other people’s cookies
The HomeOwners Alliance site is a gateway for many services. We have negotiated with high quality partners and providers of surveys, mortgages, conveyancing and other find a local professional services to enable users to compare quotes and access useful services. These are accessed through forms on our site, so some providers set cookies on your browser to let them know that you’ve come through the HomeOwners Alliance site.
We don’t control the cookies that may be sent when you land on pages in our site that contain third party content, but we do negotiate with our partners to limit the number and type of cookies they set on on your browser while you are on our site, and require them to provide links to their privacy or cookie policies on the page to help you check and manage the cookies they are setting.
How long is information stored?
Some cookies last just for one visit or ‘Session’ and are stored in memory, maintaining information as you browse across different pages. These are deleted when you close your browser or after a period of inactivity. Shopping carts rely on this type of ‘session’ cookie.
Other cookies are not deleted when your browser is closed, but are written to your hard disk. These are often used to maintain preferences for a site, so that you don’t have to reset the whole environment the next time you visit, or to identify your history of activity on a site. They usually don’t contain personal information, but they can, and they can last longer than session cookies, from a few days through to many years. These are ‘persistent’ cookies.
At HomeOwners Alliance we consider technologies such as web beacons, Flash cookies and local storage to fall under the definition of ‘cookies’, so we let you know where these are used too.
If you would like more information about Cookies and their use, the best place to look is Cookiepedia.co.uk – the link opens in a new window.
Can I opt out all together?
Yes, but bear in mind that most of your website preferences will be lost if you delete all cookies from your browser, so it will affect the functionality of the sites you already know and visit. You can control which cookies are set in your browser, block third-party cookies, get a notification when a cookie is set and other options, but the options available depend on the browser you use. You can check the following links for the browsers you use to find instructions on what to do.
What about mobile opt-out?
Most mobile operating systems offer some level of advertising choice, often with the choice to not be tracked, and to control the type of interest-based ads you may see. You can get specific advice and links to the most popular mobile operating systems instructions from the Network Advertising Initiative.
You can also download privacy apps that will assist you in setting privacy preferences for specific companies, here are a couple to get you started.
We list cookies under four headings:
Strictly Necessary • These you can’t switch off, they’re needed for the website to function.
Performance • Lets us count traffic sources to improve our content, and are anonymous.
Functional • These help provide a richer experience in our online chat, etc.
Marketing • Mainly set by our partners, they don’t hold personal information but do identify your browser and device, so if you turn them off you may see less well-chosen advertising.
The complete list
Necessary Cookies (22)
|__cfduid [x6]||onesignal.com | reviews.co.uk | sitesearch360.com | tawk.to | unbiased.co.uk | truoptik.com||Used by the content network, Cloudflare, to identify trusted web traffic for our notification services.||1 year||HTTP Cookie|
|__stripe_mid||app.moonclerk.com||Used in the connection between Stripe and our payments integrator MoonClerk||1 year||HTTP Cookie|
|__stripe_sid||app.moonclerk.com||Used in the connection between Stripe and our payments integrator MoonClerk||1 day||HTTP Cookie|
|_moonclerk_session||app.moonclerk.com||Secure session cookie for our payments integrator MoonClerk||Session||HTTP Cookie|
|AI_buffer||landc.co.uk||Used in context with the “AI_sentBuffer” in order to limit the number of data-server-updates (Azure). This synergy also allows the website to detect any duplicate data-server-updates.||Session||HTTP Cookie|
|AI_sentBuffer||landc.co.uk||Used in context with the “AI_buffer” in order to limit the number of data-server-updates (Azure). This synergy also allows the website to detect any duplicate data-server-updates.||Session||HTTP Cookie|
|CookieConsent||hoa.org.uk||Stores the user’s cookie consent state for the current domain||1 year||HTTP Cookie|
|cookiesession1 [x2]||landc.co.uk | assets.landc.co.uk||Used in our connection to L&C, one of our mortgage service providers||Session||HTTP Cookie|
|debug||hoa.org.uk||Used for fault finding in our catalogue app.||Persistent||HTTP Cookie|
|https://q.stripe.com/||q.stripe.com||Used in our Payments Processing with Stripe.||Session||HTTP Cookie|
|m||m.stripe.com||Used in our Payments Processing with Stripe.||10 years||HTTP Cookie|
|PHPSESSID||hoa.org.uk||Preserves user session state across page requests.||Session||HTTP Cookie|
|SERVERID||unbiased.co.uk||To provide an improved and faster server time, the ServerID cookie remembers which server should handle the user’s requests.||Session||HTTP Cookie|
|ssi–lastInteraction||hoa.org.uk||Stores the date of the last secure session the user had when visiting the site.||1 day||HTTP Cookie|
|ssi–sessionId||hoa.org.uk||Helps us to be more efficient when serving a secure connection, reusing one the user has used already.||1 year||HTTP Cookie|
|TawkWindowName||hoa.org.uk||Necessary for the functionality of the website’s chat-box function.||Session||HTTP Cookie|
Functional Cookies (6)
|__tawkuuid||hoa.org.uk||Used to identify visitors via their log-in information in order to provide online assistance, via a chat-box system – this system is provided by Tawt.to.||179 days||HTTP Cookie|
|_hjid||hoa.org.uk||Hotjar cookie. This cookie is set when the customer first lands on a page with the Hotjar script. It is used to persist the random user ID, unique to that site on the browser. This ensures that behavior in subsequent visits to the same site will be attributed to the same user ID.||1 year||HTTP Cookie|
|ss||va.tawk.to||Used to enable our online chat functionality with Tawk.to, our online chat provider.||Session||HTTP Cookie|
|TawkConnectionTime||hoa.org.uk||Used to enable our online chat function across the site via Tawk.to, our provider||Session||HTTP Cookie|
|tawkUUID||va.tawk.to||Used to enable our online chat functionality with Tawk.to, our online chat provider.||179 days||HTTP Cookie|
|twk_59d24645c28eca75e46239b7||hoa.org.uk||Part of our online chat solution by Tawk.to so we can recognise users who’ve engaged in conversations||Persistent||HTTP Cookie|
Performance Cookies (12)
|_ga [x3]||hoa.org.uk | landc.co.uk | moonclerk.com||Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.||2 years||HTTP Cookie|
|_gat [x3]||hoa.org.uk | landc.co.uk | moonclerk.com||Used by Google Analytics to throttle request rate||1 day||HTTP Cookie|
|_gid [x3]||hoa.org.uk | landc.co.uk | moonclerk.com||Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.||1 day||HTTP Cookie|
|_hjIncludedInSample||hoa.org.uk||Part of HotJar, a heatmap package we use to improve the design of our site from usage information.||Session||HTTP Cookie|
|ai_user||landc.co.uk||Used by Microsoft Application Insights software to collect statistical usage and telemetry information. The cookie stores a unique identifier to recognize users on returning visits over time.||1 year||HTTP Cookie|
|collect||google-analytics.com||Used to send data to Google Analytics about the visitor’s device and behaviour. Tracks the visitor across devices and marketing channels.||Session||HTTP Cookie|
Marketing Cookies (37)
|__ab12#||truoptik.com||Third party marketing cookie.||1 day||HTTP Cookie|
|_fbp||hoa.org.uk||Used by Facebook to deliver a series of advertisement products such as real time bidding from third party advertisers.||3 months||HTTP Cookie|
|ads/ga-audiences||google.com||Used by Google AdWords to re-engage visitors that are likely to convert to customers based on the visitor’s online behaviour across websites.||Session||HTTP Cookie|
|ai_session||landc.co.uk||Preserves users states across page requests.||1 day||HTTP Cookie|
|an_fire||cpx.to||Used to present the visitor with relevant content and advertisement – The service is provided by third party advertisement hubs, which facilitate real-time bidding for advertisers.||Session||HTTP Cookie|
|ca.png||cpx.to||Session cookie set by Captify, a consumer search intelligence company.||Session||HTTP Cookie|
|cpSess||cpx.to||Session cookie set by Captify, a consumer search intelligence company.||1 year||HTTP Cookie|
|dsp_app_nexus||cpx.to||Sets a unique ID for the visitor, that allows third party advertisers to provide the visitor with relevant advertisements. This pairing service is provided by third party advertisement hubs, which facilitates real-time bidding for advertisers.||1 year||HTTP Cookie|
|dsp_avocet||cpx.to||Sets a unique ID for the visitor, that allows third party advertisers to provide the visitor with relevant advertisements. This pairing service is provided by third party advertisement hubs, which facilitates real-time bidding for advertisers.||1 year||HTTP Cookie|
|dsp_dbm||cpx.to||Sets a unique ID for the visitor, that allows third party advertisers to provide the visitor with relevant advertisements. This pairing service is provided by third party advertisement hubs, which facilitates real-time bidding for advertisers.||1 year||HTTP Cookie|
|dsp_pubmatic||cpx.to||1 year||HTTP Cookie|
|dsp_TRUOPTIK||cpx.to||Registers a unique ID that identifies a returning user’s device. The ID is used for relevant ads and analytics.||1 year||HTTP Cookie|
|fr||facebook.com||Used by Facebook to deliver a series of advertisement products such as real time bidding from third party advertisers.||3 months||HTTP Cookie|
|GPS||youtube.com||Registers a unique ID on mobile devices to enable tracking based on geographical GPS location.||1 day||HTTP Cookie|
|IDE||doubleclick.net||Used by Google DoubleClick to register and report the website user’s actions after viewing or clicking one of the advertiser’s ads with the purpose of measuring the efficacy of an ad and to present relevant ads to the user.||1 year||HTTP Cookie|
|KADUSERCOOKIE||pubmatic.com||Registers a unique ID that identifies the user’s device during return visits across websites that use the same ad network. The ID is used to allow relevant ads.||3 months||HTTP Cookie|
|KTPCACOOKIE||pubmatic.com||Registers a unique ID that identifies the user’s device during return visits across websites that use the same ad network. The ID is used to allow relevant ads.||3 months||HTTP Cookie|
|MUID||bing.com||Used widely by Microsoft as a unique user ID. The cookie enables user tracking by synchronising the ID across many Microsoft domains.||1 year||HTTP Cookie|
|MUIDB||bing.com||Used widely by Microsoft as a unique Bing user ID. The cookie enables user tracking by synchronising the ID across many Microsoft domains.||1 year||HTTP Cookie|
|pagead/1p-user-list/#||google.com||Generated by Google pagead dynamic marketing to track events such as conversions or other meaningful user interactions||Session||HTTP Cookie|
|PREF||youtube.com||Registers a unique ID that is used by Google to keep statistics of how the visitor uses YouTube videos across different websites.||8 months||HTTP Cookie|
|sync [x2]||bidswitch.net | cpx.to||Regulates synchronisation of user identification and exchange of user data between various ad services.||Session||HTTP Cookie|
|test_cookie||doubleclick.net||Used to check if the user’s browser supports cookies.||1 day||HTTP Cookie|
|to_master||truoptik.com||Collects data on visitors. This information is used to assign visitors into segments, making website advertisement more efficient.||1 year||HTTP Cookie|
|to_version||truoptik.com||Collects data on visitors. This information is used to assign visitors into segments, making website advertisement more efficient.||1 year||HTTP Cookie|
|tr||facebook.com||Facebook pixel tracker that notes the page you arrived from.||Session||HTTP Cookie|
|uuid||avocet.io||Avocet uses non-personal identifying information to provide more relevant ads.||1 year||HTTP Cookie|
|uuid2||adnxs.com||Registers a unique ID that identifies a returning user’s device. The ID is used to provide relevant ads.||3 months||HTTP Cookie|
|VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE||youtube.com||Tries to estimate the users’ bandwidth on pages with integrated YouTube videos.||179 days||HTTP Cookie|
|YSC||youtube.com||Registers a unique ID to keep statistics of what videos from YouTube the user has seen.||Session||HTTP Cookie|
|yt-remote-cast-installed||youtube.com||Stores the user’s video player preferences using embedded YouTube video||Session||HTTP Cookie|
|yt-remote-connected-devices||youtube.com||Stores the user’s video player preferences using embedded YouTube video||Persistent||HTTP Cookie|
|yt-remote-device-id||youtube.com||Stores the user’s video player preferences using embedded YouTube video||Persistent||HTTP Cookie|
|yt-remote-fast-check-period||youtube.com||Stores the user’s video player preferences using embedded YouTube video||Session||HTTP Cookie|
|yt-remote-session-app||youtube.com||Stores the user’s video player preferences using embedded YouTube video||Session||HTTP Cookie|