A cookie comprises a file bearing an identifier (a strand of alphabetic character* and numerals) that is stationed by a web server to a web browser and is stacked away by the browser. In other words, it is a text file containing small amounts of information, which a server downloads to your personal computer (PC), or mobile when you visit a website. The identifier is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server.
Cookies may be either “persistent” cookies or “session” cookies. A persistent cookie will be stashed away by a web browser and will remain valid until its set expiration date, unless erased by the user before the expiry date; a session cookie, on the other hand, will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed.
Cookies do not normally contain any information that personally describes a user, but personal information that we store about you may be linked to the information stored in and obtained from cookies. It can be applied by web servers to distinguish and track users as they navigate different pages on a website and identify users returning to a website.
HOW THEY BENEFIT YOU
- Make our website work as you’d expect
- Remember your settings during and between visits
- Improve the speed/security of the site
- Collect any personally identifiable information (without your express permission)
- Collect any sensitive information (without your express permission)
- Pass personally identifiable data to third parties
- Pay sales commissions
- You can learn more about all the cookies we use below.
OUR OWN COOKIES
- Remembering if you have accepted our terms and conditions
- Allowing you to add comments to our site
There is no way to prevent these cookies being set other than to not use our site.
Below are lists of the different types of cookies used on this site, and an explanation of what they are used for. If you would like any more information, please do not hesitate to contact us.
- Strictly Necessary Cookies: These cookies are necessary for the website to function. They are usually only set in response to actions made by you which amount to a request for services, such as logging in or filling in forms. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not then work. These cookies do not store any personally identifiable information.
- Performance Cookies: These cookies allow us to count visits and traffic sources so we can measure and improve the performance of our site. They help us to know which pages are the most and least popular and see how visitors move around the site. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. If you do not allow these cookies we will not know when you have visited our site, and will not be able to monitor its performance.
- Functionality Cookies: These cookies enable the website to provide enhanced functionality and personalization. They may be set by us or by third party providers whose services we have added to our pages. If you do not allow these cookies then some or all of these services may not function properly.
- Targeting Cookies: These cookies may be set through our site by our advertising partners. They may be used by those companies to build a profile of your interests and show you relevant adverts on other sites. They do not store any personally identifiable information, but are based on uniquely identifying your browser and internet device. If you do not allow these cookies, you will experience less targeted advertising.
- Other Cookies: The following cookies are also set by our site. However, their purpose has not yet been identified. We are conducting research into these cookies and will update this page as soon as possible.
DISABLING / TURNING COOKIES OFF
Google Chrome: To turn off cookies in Google Chrome, Launch Google Chrome and click on the little three dots in the top-right corner. Select Settings. Chrome settings
- Scroll down to the very end of the page.
- Click the little Advanced link at the bottom of the page.
- Chrome disable cookies
- You then see another long list of items. Under the Privacy and security section, find the Content settings entry.
- Click that Content Settings
- To disable cookies, flip off the switch next to Allow sites to save and read cookie data (recommended). From now on, cookies are blocked.
When you decide to re-enable cookies, follow the same process to get to this page, and simply turn on the feature again. Thereafter, Chrome will accept cookies.
You can also access this page by typing chrome://settings/content/cookies into your Google Chrome address bar.
Internet Explorer: To turn off cookies in Internet Explorer:
- Launch Internet Explorer.
- Click on the little cog in the top-right corner.
- Select Internet Options.
- Choose the Privacy tab and click the Advanced button.
- On the next screen, select Block for both First-party and Third-party Cookies.
- Last but not least, uncheck Always allow session cookies.
- Click OK, then close the windows. From now on, IE cookies are disabled.
To re-enable cookies in Internet Explorer, repeat the steps above, but this time select the Accept options. Alternately, you can select the Prompt option; this instructs your browser to ask you for permission to accept or decline cookies individually.
Microsoft Edge: If you use Windows 10, Microsoft Edge might be your browser of choice. Edge is the successor to Internet Explorer and was built especially for the Windows 10 operating system. To turn off cookies in Microsoft Edge:
- Open Microsoft Edge and click on the three dots in the top-right corner
- Click on Settings.
- In the next flyout menu, click on Privacy & Security.
- See the Cookies section here at the top? Just click on the Block all cookies option.
- Clear browsing data
And when you want to re-enable cookies, just click on Don’t block cookies. It’s that simple.
Firefox: To turn off cookies in Firefox:
- Open Firefox.
- Click on the three lines at the top-right of your screen. Then click Options:
- Choose the Privacy & Security category on the left.
- Click on the option to block Third-Party Cookies and Trackers.
- Scroll down a bit to find the Block cookies and site data option. Select the All cookies option.
To re-enable cookies, follow the same steps, but choose the Accept cookies and site data option.
Safari: To disable and enable cookies in Safari:
- Launch Safari.
- Click on Safari in the top-left corner of your main menu.
- Select Preferences.
- Click on Privacy, and select Block all cookies.
- Confirm the warning message.
To re-enable cookies in Safari, follow the same instructions. Then untick the Block all cookies option.
Note: Disabling or Deleting cookies will have a negative impact on the usability of many websites.
If you need more information then you can contact us through our contact page. Thanks for reading.