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Cookie policy

Read CompareMyVPN’s policy on using cookies, including a list of the cookies we use.

1. What is a cookie?

A cookie is a file containing an identifier (a string of letters and numbers) that is sent by a web server to a web browser and is stored by the browser. The identifier is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server. Cookies can be used by web servers to identity and track users as they navigate different pages on a website and identify users returning to a website.

Cookies may be either “persistent” cookies or “session” cookies. A persistent cookie consists of a text file sent by a web server to a web browser, which will be stored by the browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date (unless deleted by the user before the expiry date). A session cookie, on the other hand, will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed.

2. Your agreement to CompareMyVPN

By using and browsing the CompareMyVPN website, you consent to cookies being used in accordance with our policy. If you do not consent, you must turn off cookies or refrain from using the site.

Most browsers allow you to turn off cookies. and you can find this in the ‘settings’ menu. Switching off cookies may restrict your use of the website and/or delay or affect the way in which it operates.

3. Cookie consent

By using our website or our social media pages (such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram), you agree that, unless you disabled them within your internet browser, we can place the types of cookies set out below on your device and use that data in accordance with this Policy.

4. Changes to our cookie policy

In keeping with legal requirements, we may need to update CompareMyVPN’s policy occasionally. A recent example of this is the EU General Data Protection Regulation (or GDPR).

5. Third party cookie use

From time to time we may use cookies provided by trusted third parties which help to ensure we provide a fantastic experience to our visitors. These cookies allow us to visualise how visitors use our website and the information we gather allows us to anonymously see how many people have visited our site, where they have come from and the pages they have visited. The following table details which third party cookies you may encounter whilst browsing our website:

Here is a list of the main cookies set by Google Analytics we use to improve your experience on our website and a brief description of what they do:

Here is a list of the main cookies set by Hotjar we use to improve your experience on our website and a brief description of what they do:

6. Paid advertising

The following cookies allow us and/or third parties to monitor the performance of our online advertising campaigns as well as identify what our users show interest in while on our website. This in turn allows CompareMyVPN to give our users a more personalised and relevant selection of adverts to be shown when they browse online.

7. Social media

These cookies allow users to share content from on various social media platforms.

8. Affiliate websites

When a website owner displays an advertisement (such as a promotional link) on its website for a brand or merchant and is paid for the performance of the advertisement, this is known as affiliate marketing.

When a user visits one of the VPN providers found on our website, it’s highly likely that they will have done so via one of our affiliate links. When the user clicks on an affiliate link, a cookie is set, and if they then go ahead and sign up for a VPN subscription, the provider is able to identify where the user has come from (the CompareMyVPN website). This in turn potentially earns CompareMyVPN commission and allows the company to continue to provide a free service to its users.