A “cookie” is a piece of information that is stored as a small text file on your computer’s hard drive and which records how you move your way around a website so that, when you revisit that website, it can present tailored options based on the information stored about your last visit. Sometimes cookies are used to remember your website preferences such as your login details or language choices, enabling you to use and log in the that site more easily. Cookies can also be used to analyse traffic and for advertising and marketing purposes.
Cookies are used by nearly all websites and do not harm your system.
Stored on your computer during your web session and are automatically deleted when you close your browser – they usually store an anonymous session ID allowing you to browse a website without having to log in to each page but they do not collect any personal data from your computer; or
Stored as a file on your computer and it remains there when you close your web browser. The cookie can be read by the website that created it when you visit that website again.
Cookies can also be categorised as follows:
Stored directly by the website (or domain) you visit. They allow website owners to collect analytics data and perform other useful functions to provide a good user experience.
Created by the domains that are not the website (or domain) that you are visiting. These are usually used for cross-site tracking and online advertising purposes and placed on a website through adding scripts or tags.
These are essential to enable you to use the website effectively, such as when buying a product and / or service, and therefore cannot be turned off. Without these cookies, the services available to you on our website cannot be provided. These cookies do not gather information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering where you have been on the internet.
These are not essential, often used for analytics purposes, behaviour tracking and for making logins easier.
Enable us to monitor and improve the performance of our website. For example, they allow us to count visits, identify traffic sources and see which parts of the site are most popular.
These allow our website to remember choices you make and provide enhanced features. For instance, we may be able to provide you with news or updates relevant to the services you use. They may also be used to provide services you have requested such as viewing a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect is usually anonymised.
Can only be transmitted by an encrypted connection (such as https) and makes the cookie less likely to be hacked.
To verify who you say you are and used with an Application Programming Interface (API) that allows one system to talk to another.
These track browsing behaviour over a certain period. Used by advertisers to send you targeted advertising.
Tracks the source of traffic and explains how a user has reached our site. (expires after 30 days)
For the use of paid for keywords for clickable adverts to appear in Google’s search results (expires after 30 days)
Used to generate leads, drive traffic to our website and build brand awareness (expires after 30 days)
To extend our reach to prospective customers on Facebook and enable us to obtain accurate measurement and reporting by tracking the number of conversions from our campaigns. (expires after 180 days)
These enable us to understand how you use the site and track any patterns with regards how you are using our website. It also helps us to develop and improve our website as well as products and / or services in response to what you might need or want.
If you want to check or change what types of cookies you accept, this can usually be altered within your browser settings. You can block cookies at any time by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser
settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our site.
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