What are Cookies?
This is what Wikipedia has to say on the matter…
A cookie, also known as an HTTP cookie, web cookie, or browser cookie, is usually a small piece of data sent from a website and stored in a user’s web browser while a user is browsing a website. When the user browses the same website in the future, the data stored in the cookie can be retrieved by the website to notify the website of the user’s previous activity. Cookies were designed to be a reliable mechanism for websites to remember the state of the website or activity the user had taken in the past. This can include clicking particular buttons, logging in, or a record of which pages were visited by the user even months or years ago.
Although cookies cannot carry viruses, and cannot install malware on the host computer, tracking cookies and especially third-party tracking cookies are commonly used as ways to compile long-term records of individuals’ browsing histories — a major privacy concern that has prompted European and US law makers to take action.
Some benefits of Cookies
- Improve the user experience
- Speed up the transfer of information to you – i.e. improve your browsing experience
- Improve the security of this website
- Allow you to receive information from our linked social networking platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter
The cookies that we may decide to use, both now and in the future will not:
- Harvest any personally identifiable information (without your permission)
- Harvest any sensitive information (without your permission)
- Forward the above data to third parties
- Learn how to disable Cookies in Mozilla FireFox here
- Learn how to disable Cookies in Windows Internet Explorer here
- Learn how to disable Cookies in Chrome here
- Learn how to disable Cookies in Safari here
- Learn how to disable Cookies in Android here
- Learn how to disable Cookies in BlackBerry here