We sometimes place small data files on your computer. These are known as cookies. Most websites do this. They improve things by:
  • remembering settings, so you don’t have to keep re-entering them whenever you visit a new page
  • remembering information you’ve given so you don’t need to keep entering it
  • measuring how you use the website so we can make sure it meets your needs
To learn more about cookies and how to manage them, visit or please read on to find out more about how and where we use cookies.

How we use cookies

The IP Equip tool uses cookies in several places – we’ve listed each of them below with more details about why we use them and how long they will last. In most cases, we will let you know before we store a cookie on your computer by providing a message similar to this: sets a cookie.

Measuring website usage (Google Analytics)

We use Google Analytics to collect information about how people use this site. We do this to make sure it’s meeting its users’ needs and to understand how we could do it better. Google Analytics stores information about what pages you visit, how long you are on the site, how you got here and what you click on. We do not collect or store your personal information so this information cannot be used to identify who you are. We do not allow Google to use or share our analytics data. The following cookies are set by Google Analytics:
Name Purpose Expires
_utma This randomly generated number is used to determine unique visitors to our site 2 years
_utmb This randomly generated number works with _utmc to calculate the average length of time users spend on our site 30 minutes
_utmc This randomly generated number works with _utmb to calculate when you close your browser when you close your browser
_utmz This is a randomly generated number and information about how the site was reached (e.g. direct or via a link, organic search or paid search) 6 months
GDS_successEvents GDS_analyticsTokens These cookies help us identify how people use GOV.UK so we can make the site better 4 months
You can opt out of Google Analytics cookies by visiting this page on Google.

Remembering your progress

We will set a cookie to remember your progress throughout the training. This allows you to return to the same point without saving on the same computer. These cookies don’t store your personal data.
Name Purpose Expires
batt_progress Set to remember where you have got to in a training module. 1 year
batt_user These cookies are used when you save your progress. 1 year
batt_cookie_message Set when cookie message has been displayed. 1 year

Cookies from YouTube

On some parts of this site, we use YouTube to provide useful videos. YouTube sets some or all of these cookies when you visit one of these pages.
Name Purpose Expires
_use_hitbox This is a randomly generated number that identifies your browser when you close your browser
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE Set when viewing a page with Youtube videos on it. It is set by Youtube so they can count the views of embedded Youtube videos on them. 9 months

Cookies from Directgov-branded government services

Some of the Directgov-branded government services we link to may set additional cookies.