What are cookies?
Cookies are small, harmless files placed on your computer’s hard drive or in your browser memory when you visit a website.
What do cookies do?
Cookies help to make the interaction between users and websites faster and easier. For example, they can remember your login details or information you supply. Cookies will not store any personal or confidential information about you.
Are cookies safe?
Yes, cookies are harmless text files. They can’t look into your computer or read any personal information or other material on your hard drive. Cookies can’t carry viruses or install anything harmful on your computer.
Why should I keep cookies switched on?
We advise you to keep cookies active during your visits to our website because parts of the site rely on them to work properly. For example, you won’t be able to sign in to your account if cookies are disabled.
Analytic Cookies – Google Analytics
These analytics allow google to track how user’s have interfaced with the website such as, information about the amount of visits, when the user first and last visited the website, how long the user has stayed on the website plus where the user found the website.
These cookies enable websites to work more efficiently and provide user-friendly features for you, as a visitor, when browsing. These are usually in the form of online enquiry forms, where you can divulge information about yourself, such as email address and name, for a desired end.
Third Party Cookies
These are cookies set by a different organisation to the owner of the website you are visiting. For instance, when a website links to other websites, those websites may provide analytical services whereby cookies are required. Social media websites, such as facebook and youtube, use these to provide analytics for their respective owners. This will store cookies on your website from the other organisation as a third party.
Flash cookies are used to deliver video and gaming content on sites. These cookies are exclusive to adobe and cannot be modified through your browser. They are used for similar purposes, such as tracking user behaviour and preferences. These cookies work in a slightly different way where all information is stored in one cookie but the type of data that is stored is manageable. Whereas in the other cookies listed, they each have an individual job.
You can learn more about Internet Cookies at www.aboutcookies.org.uk