What is a cookie?
Cookies are small text files stored on your computer that recognise repeat users when you visit certain web pages.
Cookies also track how often you visit pages so that web authors have some indication of the number of visitors to their site and which pages on their site are of most interest.
Cookies can help you be more efficient and are used when you are shopping online. They are used for storing items in an online shopping basket in a way that means the items will still be there when you return to a website when you return days later to continue shopping.
Cookies let you store preferences and user names, register products and services, and personalize pages.
But if you never register or leave personal information at a site, then the server only knows that someone with your cookie (which in other words will be a person using your computer and logged in as you) has returned to the website. It doesn't know anything else.
Cookies can be very useful in making our Internet activity more personalised but you can prevent cookies from keeping your browsing information.
What type of cookies do we use?
We use the following cookies:
Strictly necessary cookies / session cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website, use a shopping cart etc.
Analytical/performance cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
Persistent cookies / Functionality cookies. These are used to recognise you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences.
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Cookies do not cause harm to your computer. We do not store personal information such as your name, address or credit card details, we may use encrypted information to help improve your customer experience of the site. Cookies help us to identify you and resolve errors. If you choose to ‘share’ our content through social networking sites you may be sent cookies from these sites. Please check these 3rd party websites for more information as we do not control these settings.
This information is provided to comply with recent legislation, and to make sure you are clear about your privacy when using our or any associated website.
How Can Cookies be Managed/ Blocked?
You can opt out of allowing cookies to be used on your computer.
To do this open the Control Panel of you computer and choose Internet Options. The way you do this may vary depending on your computer operating system.
To find out more about cookies and how to manage and delete them please visit www.allaboutcookies.org.