A “cookie” is a small text file containing small amounts of information which a server downloads to your personal computer (PC) or mobile when you visit a website. The server then sends a cookie back to the originating website each time you subsequently visit it, or if you visit another website which recognises that cookie.
There are different types of cookies which are used to do different things, such as letting you navigate between different pages on a website efficiently, remembering preferences/choices you have given a website (“functionality cookies”), and improving your overall experience and use of a website (“strictly necessary cookies”). Others are used to provide you with advertising or services which are more tailored to your interests, or to measure statistical information such as number of site visits and the most popular pages users visit (“performance cookies”).
Some cookies are allocated to your PC only for the duration of your visit to a website, and these are called “session” based cookies. These automatically expire when you close down your browser.
Another type of cookie known as a “persistent”. These cookies are stored on your PC for a period of time even after you close your web browser.
You can find out more about cookies, how to use or delete them by visiting www.allaboutcookies.org
Cookies we use
Social media cookies (includes Twitter, Facebook, Add This).
Allows users to interact with social media through our website.
In Internet Explorer, you can refuse all cookies by clicking ‘Tools’, ‘Internet Options’, ‘Privacy’, and selecting ‘Block all cookies’ using the sliding selector.
In Firefox, you can adjust your cookies settings by clicking ‘Tools’, ‘Options’ and ‘Privacy’.
Blocking cookies will have a negative impact upon the usability of websites.