What is a cookie?
Cookies are small text files sent by websites you visit to recognise you when you return. The files are stored on your computer hard drive and read by your web browser.
How are cookies used?
Cookies perform several functions, such as remembering you on a particular site (your welcome message) and keeping you logged into your account screen on an e-commerce site (NB always log out if you are using a public computer). In short, cookies provide statistics on site visits as well as limited functionality to make your site visit easier. Properly used, cookies are an asset to a site visitor and a site owner. They are not viruses, but some unscrupulous outfits will use them maliciously.
We follow best practice for cookie use.
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Opting out of cookies?
There are several ways to opt out of storing cookies. You can set your browser not to accept and store any cookies, or with more time and knowledge you can allow only ‘trusted’ sites to store cookies on your computer. These sites could include us (of course!), your online banking site or possibly your favourite news service.
Remember, if you delete all your cookies, you will probably have to re-enter your usernames and passwords on the sites you visit. As we mentioned before, cookies can be a great asset to your web surfing experience.
The Information Commissioner’s Office (www.ico.gov.uk/) provides advice on cookies and a link to ‘About cookies’ (www.aboutcookies.org), a site run by law firm Pinsent Masons. This website provides more information about cookies and details how to delete them as well as how to allow trusted sites to store their cookies on your computer.