How we use cookies

About cookies

Most websites use cookies which are small files stored on your computer when you visit a website. The data stored in them is used to enable features on the website, such as keeping you logged in, or remembering your preferences. They are also commonly used to help generate website statistics to find out user numbers and where users come from or to test site features.

How to disable cookies (opt-out)

Cookies are not harmful to your computer, and we don't store any personal information in them. If you do not want to receive cookies from us, please change your browser settings to block cookies. Your browser help documents should give you details on how to do this. Alternatively you can find out how to do this for many browsers at We use cookies, IP addresses and other session data to track advertising information, web site usage, and for authentication on the message boards, in addition to allowing you to specify preferences which are stored. If you do not wish to allow cookies, please configure your web browser accordingly. Note that rejecting cookies may make parts of the site unusable and we cannot provide support with such issues. We do not ordinarily publish IP addresses of posters but reserve the right to do so in circumstances where we feel it is in the public interest to counter abuse.

Third Party Cookies

We use third parties to provide services on our website. This includes, but is not limited to, advertising and website analytics, and these services may set cookies on your computer. You may see cookies for these sites from Google Adsense, Doubleclick, Sovrn, Google Analytics and Twitter.

You can opt out of Google Adsense personalisation here. This applies to all Adsense ads across the Internet:

You can opt out of Google Analytics using a browser add-on (available for Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, and Opera). Again, this applies to all across the Internet:

Other cookies may be set by third parties such as Google Adsense/doubleclick for purposes of advertising. We do not have any control over these cookies, and you should opt out of these via the appropriate advertiser or using your browser settings.

You can opt out of online behavioural advertising for many companies via Your Choices Online (note this affects advertising across many networks and not limited to our website, nor does it guarantee that all ad networks are listed).

Cookies may also be set on links that you follow from our website. We earn a small amount of commission from some of the broadband providers listed (we do not require that providers pay us this), and cookies are used to track this information.