What is a cookie?
Cookies can be set in two ways, either by the website you are visiting (‘first party cookies’) or by other websites who run content on the page you are viewing (‘third party cookies’ such as an advert being pulled in from another website).
What is inside a cookie?
A cookie is a simple text file that is stored on your computer or mobile device by a website’s server and only that server can access and read the contents of that cookie. Each cookie is unique to your web browser. It will contain information such as a unique identifier and the site name and some digits and numbers. It allows a website to remember things like your preferences, log in details or what’s in your shopping basket.
What to do if you don’t want cookies on your computer or mobile device?
Some people find websites storing and accessing information on their computer or mobile device a bit intrusive, particularly when this information is stored and used by a third party website without their consent. Although this is usually harmless you may not, for example, want to see advertising that has been targeted to your interests. If you prefer, it is possible to block some or all cookies, or even to delete cookies that have already been set; but you need to be aware that you might lose some functions of that website. To turn off cookies, please consult the Help file contained within your web browser.