General Information about cookies:
What is a cookie?
A cookie is basically a small file that is created by a website and
stored on your computer (desktop, laptop, mobile phone etc). Your web
browser will manage the creation of cookies for websites you visit. If
you use more than one browser to visit the same web site then each
browser will manage a separate cookie.
The cookie acts as the website’s memory and can hold such things as your shopping basket contents and personal preferences for a website. For the most
part they are immensely useful and without them many websites will simply not work. Some cookies only exist whilst you are accessing the website (so called session cookies) and others exist between website visits (persistent cookies). The latter often being used to hold longer term ‘preference’ type settings for a given website (colour schemes, language choice etc). Unfortunately, some
websites have utilised this facility to store information about browsing
habits to target marketing, adverts or track website usage. This
non-essential storage of information may be deemed to be intrusive and you may not wish it to take place.
Can cookies be blocked?
Most web browsers have settings to control the management of cookies and
even delete them. By default most browsers simply allow websites to
store a cookie when required. This can often be changed (the method is
specific to the browser) so that cookies are completely blocked from
being created or you are asked to allow one to be created every time a
website requests it. Please bear in mind that blocking the creation of
cookies may render some websites inoperable or reduce the functionality.
For further general information on cookies please visit: http://www.aboutcookies.org/