What are cookies?
Cookies are often indispensable for websites that have huge databases, need logins, have customisable themes, other advanced features.
Cookies usually don't contain much information except for the url of the website that created the cookie, the duration of the cookie's abilities and effects, and a random number. Due to the little amount of information a cookie contains, it usually cannot be used to reveal your identity or personally identifying information. However, marketing is becoming increasingly sophisticated and cookies in some cases can be used to create a profile of your surfing habits.
There are two types of cookies: session cookies and persistent cookies. Session cookies are created temporarily in your browser's subfolder while you are visiting a website. Once you leave the site, the session cookie is deleted. On the other hand, persistent cookie files remain in your browser's subfolder and are activated again once you visit the website that created that particular cookie. A persistent cookie remains in the browser's subfolder for the duration period set within the cookie's file.
More on Cookies
A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers downloaded on to your computer when you access certain websites. Like virtual door keys, cookies unlock a computer's memory and allow a website to recognise users when they return to a site by opening doors to different content or services. Like a key, a cookie itself does not contain information, but when it is read by a browser it can help a website improve the service delivered.
Cookie files are automatically lodged into the cookie file - the memory of your browser - and each one typically contains:
The name of the server the cookie was sent from
The lifetime of the cookie
A value - usually a randomly generated unique number
The website server which sent the cookie uses this number to recognise you when you return to a site or browse from page to page. Only the server that sent a cookie can read, and therefore use, that cookie.
A cookie is a text-only string of information that a website transfers to the cookie file of the browser on the hard disk of computers so that the website can remember who you are.
A cookie will typically contain the name of the domain from which the cookie has come, the "lifetime" of the cookie, and a value, usually a randomly generated unique number. Two common types of cookies are used on most websites-session cookies, which are temporary cookies that remain in the cookie file of your browser until you leave the site, and persistent cookies, which remain in the cookie file of your browser for much longer (though how long will depend on the lifetime of the specific cookie).
What cookies does this site use?
In order to make your user experience as smooth and easy as possible we generate and use the following cookies on this site...
We may also make use of third-party cookies generated by the likes of Google, Facebook and other sites and services that allow you to share the site or a page on the site with your own followers on Facebook or Google. We may also use third-party analytics software to track traffic on the site. These cookies are third-party cookies and may stay for a set length of time on your computer even if it is turned off. These cookies are not generated or controlled by this site.
Find out more about cookies and making changes
Most browsers will allow you to see which cookies are stored and which site(s) have set them. You will usually need to go into the settings/preferences section of your browser to find the cookies information.
Each browser will display cookie information in a slightly different way, so you will need to check the help and support pages for your particular browser if you are unfamiliar with how to check the cookie settings.
All modern browsers should let you:
See what cookies have been set and delete them on an individual basis.
Block third party cookies.
Block cookies from particular sites.
Block all cookies from being set.
Delete all cookies when you close your browser.
For example, Chrome allows you to check what cookies are being stored, and to make changes to your settings using it’s built in cookie-view Just click Secure next to the URL bar and then click cookies.
You should be aware that if you delete cookies you could lose preferences that make your browsing experience easier, including sites where you have chosen to opt-out of using cookies as this requires a cookie to be set to tell the site NOT to set any more cookies!
If you block cookies completely a lot of websites won't work at all and others will only have partial functionality.
If you only want to block third-party cookies generated by advertisers, trackers, etc, you can turn these off without affecting the cookies that make websites work.
To find out more about managing cookies on your browser, you can view the Help/Support sections for most of the major providers (usually found in the Privacy & Security section).
What am I agreeing to by using this site?
By using this website you are agreeing to allow this site and any widget, script, or third-party service used by the site, to set and use any type of cookie on your computer. You assume all responsibility for controlling which cookies are used through the mechanisms described above or by other processes you may opt to use.
If you choose to change or alter how your browser treats cookies generated or used by this site, it is at your own risk and you accept that it may result in reduced or limited functionality.