Cookies are small text files that the web sites you visit place on your computer to store information about your visit. Cookies are ‘passive’ in that they contain information your browser can retrieve, but do not contain programmes, viruses or malicious software. Cookies normally expire after a certain length of time, although that time can be anywhere from a few minutes to more than a year.
Cookies can be divided into two categories: ‘session’ and ‘persistent’. Session cookies are temporary and are deleted when you close your browser or after a period of inactivity. Persistent cookies remain on your computer until the expiration date/time set by the cookie creator.
Cookies can contain many types of information about your visit to a particular web site, but most commonly are used to store the preferences you’ve selected, such as language, shopping cart contents, privacy settings and login state. Cookies do not contain personal or private data about you, but can compile information about your browsing habits. For the most part, cookies enhance your browsing experience by keeping you from having to select the same options each time you visit a site.
However, cookies can also be used by web sites to serve you advertising targeted to your particular interests based on the preferences you’ve selected or the content of the pages you have visited. For this reason, some web users choose to delete or reject cookies of certain types or from certain sites
Yes, you can both view the cookies stored on your computer and delete some or all of them. However, each browser has a slightly different procedure for doing so.
Note that in some cases, deleting cookies will impact your experience in revisiting a site. For example, you may be forced to log in again, or items added to your shopping cart will have disappeared.
Cookies can also be divided into two types: First-party cookies, set by our website as listed below, or Third-party cookies: which are cookies are set by domains other than this one and are typically used for online advertising purposes. These may include cookies set by Google or Facebook, for example, set when you use those sites, and they may track other sites you visit, including this one.
Chrome – a special note: other browsers (Firefox, Safari, Microsoft Edge) block third party tracking cookies by default. However, at time of writing (July 2023) the Google Chrome browser allows third party tracking cookies unless you specifically switch them off. You can do so in Chrome by going to Settings > Privacy and Security > Third-party cookies.
Yes, most browsers allow you to specify which types of cookies you will accept or to reject all cookies. As each browser is different, here are some of the most common ones:
As above, you may see an alert message when visiting some sites that recommends you accept cookies for an optimal browsing experience.
We use first party cookies used by Google Analytics and Google Ads. There is also a third party cookie that relates to Google Ads.