What is a Cookie
A cookie, also known as an HTTP cookie, web cookie, or browser cookie, is usually a small piece of data sent from a website and stored in a user’s web browser while a user is browsing a website. When the user browses the same website in the future, the data stored in the cookie can be retrieved by the website to notify the website of the user’s previous activity. Cookies were designed to be a reliable mechanism for websites to remember the state of the website or activity the user had taken in the past.
This can include clicking particular buttons, logging in, or a record of which pages were visited by the user even months or years ago. Although cookies cannot carry viruses, and cannot install malware on the host computer, tracking cookies and especially third-party tracking cookies are commonly used as ways to compile long-term records of individuals’ browsing histories — a major privacy concern that prompted European and US law makers to take action in 2011.
This website uses different types of cookies.
1. Strictly necessary cookies
As the name suggests these cookies are strictly necessary to enable you to move about the website or to provide certain features you have requested.
2. Functionality cookies
These cookies enhance the functionality of the website by storing your preferences. For example, you can set your profile on the homepage.
3. Performance cookies
These cookies help to improve the performance of the website, providing a better user experience.
4. Third party cookies
To support our communications we embed the content of social media channels such as YouTube, Facebook and Twitter and we make use of sharing possibilities on social networks. The channels we are using may present cookies from these websites and we do not control these. You should check the relevant third party website for more information about these cookies.
Opting out of cookies?
There are a number of options available to avoid the storage of cookies. Please visit the websites of the different browsers to learn how to block the storage of cookies.
- Apple Safari: http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?path=Safari/3.0/en/9277.html
- Google Chrome: http://support.google.com/chrome/bin/answer.py?hl=en-GB&answer=95647
- Microsoft Internet Explorer: http://www.microsoft.com/info/cookies.mspx
- Mozilla Firefox: http://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/Enabling%20and%20disabling%20cookies
It’s worth bearing in mind that if you decide to delete all of your cookies, you will likely have to re-enter all of your usernames and passwords on all of the websites that you visit, which you previously didn’t even have to think about. As mentioned before, cookies can be a real asset to your web surfing experience.
Want to know more about Cookies, please visit the website www.allaboutcookies.org. This website provides more information about cookies, it also details how you might delete any cookies that you find and it shows you how to allow those trusted websites to store their cookies on your computer.