Hmmmm, sadly we don’t mean the yummy biscuit kind, we mean techy stuff. We’ll explain below.
What is a Cookie?
Cookies are text files placed on your computer to collect standard internet log information and visitor behaviour information. It isn’t a virus or spyware.
How do they work?
Cookies help make website surfing easier for you – hooray!
When you visit a website, like our lovely one for example, for the first time, the server for our website will send a file to your computer, this installs itself automatically on the disk, your computer.
It’s because of this cookie that you will recognised next time you visit our website which not only means you won’t have to enter your details all over again if logging in (if you have an account with us), but it also helps us to understand your visit to ensure we deliver the best website experience for you.
What are the different types of Cookies?
Chocolate chip, hazelnut – oh no we’ve got distracted again with the yummy kind.
Cookies can be loved or hated by people and there are different types. Let’s take a look:
There are the types that help your web visit experience because they make your surfing easier and allow you to be quickly recognised.
Then there are the types used for sales or marketing purposes, where your behaviour can be used to market back to you when you visit other places online – you’ve probably experienced shopping for Holidays and then seeing an Ad banner for a travel agent pop in the side of your Hotmail.
Rest assured we don’t do any retargeting marketing at the moment, and if we did we will tell you and include this on our Policies.
So the three main types of Cookie Goodness are:
Session Cookies – these are mainly used by online shops as they allow you to keep items in your basket when your shopping online. These expire when the website closes.
Permanent Cookies – these remain active, even when you have closed your browser down. They remember your log in details and password information so you don’t have to remember yourself and type them in each time you visit. The law stipulates that these need to be deleted after a period of 6 months.
Third-Party Cookies – these are installed by Third Party companies with the aim of collecting user insights i.e. behaviours, demographics, site visits. We use Google Analytics on our website and this is used to track your use of this site and to compile statistic reports on our activity and performance.
The pages you visit on website.
The length of time you spend on each website page.
How you found our website (i.e. Google Search, Social Media etc).
What you click on while visiting the site.
We do not collect or store any personal information using cookies. The information is not used to identify any individual.
How do I delete Cookies or Erase them?
Cookies will invade your life no matter what website browser you use – you know the cookie and biscuit aisle at your supermarket that you just can’t avoid.
But, if you decided that you really didn’t want Cookie’s to be installed on your computer then there are a few things you can try to avoid this.
Erase Cookies – for this you will need to fine the folder or file where the cookies are stored on your computer and delete them. If you do this, you will need to remember to do it pretty regularly to keep on top of it.
Block Cookies – You can choose to block a website’s cookies and to do this you would need to configure your internet browser to categorically refuse all the cookies that try and install on your computer. You need to be careful with this option because even though it means you will no longer be remembered, it can often cause problems with you accessing websites at all and having any kind of online experience with a site, so keep this in mind.