What is a cookie?
A "cookie" is a piece of information that is stored 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. Cookies can also be used to analyze traffic and for advertising and marketing purposes.
Cookies are used by nearly all websites and do not harm your system.
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.
A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer if you agree. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer's hard drive.
We use the following cookies:
Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website, use a shopping cart or make use of e-billing services.
Session cookies - A session cookie is stored only in your computer’s working memory (RAM) and only lasts for your browsing session. When you close all your browser’s windows, or when you shut down your computer, the session cookie disappears forever.
Functionality cookies. These are used to recognize you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalize our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).
Third party analytics cookies - We also use Google Analytics to help measure how users interact with our website content. These cookies “remember” what our users have done on previous pages and how they’ve interacted with the website. For more information on Google Analytics, visit Google’s information page. For instructions on how opt out of Google Analytics, see below.
Finally, Social and Content cookies are placed by many social media plugins (for example the Facebook ’like’ button), and other tools meant to provide or improve the content on a website (for example services that allow the playing of video files, or that create comments sections). We integrate these modules into our platform to improve the experience of browsing and interacting with our websites. Please note that some of these third party services place cookies that are also used for things like behavioural advertising, analytics, and/or market research.
How do I change my cookie settings?
You block cookies 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.
To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set, visit www.aboutcookies.org or www.allaboutcookies.org.
How to manage cookies on popular browsers:
1.2 Turn cookies on or off
(a) In Chrome1 On your computer, open Chrome.
- At the top right, click More Settings.
- At the bottom, click Advanced.
- Under "Privacy and security," click Content settings.
- Click Cookies.
- From here, you can:
Turn on cookies: Next to "Blocked," turn on the switch.
Turn off cookies:
Turn off Allow sites to save and read cookie data.
To check or change your settings:
- Click the menu button and choose Preferences.
- Select the Privacy & Security panel and go to the Cookies and Site Data section.
- Select Accept cookies and site data from websites (recommended) to enable cookies.
To disable cookies, select Block cookies and site data (may cause websites to break). If you are troubleshooting problems with cookies, make sure that Accept third-party cookies and site data is NOT set to Never.
Microsoft Internet Explorer
To delete cookies
- In Internet Explorer, select the Tools button, point to Safety, and then select Delete browsing history.
- _Select the Cookies and website data check box, and then select Delete.
To delete cookies in Internet Explorer 8
- In Internet Explorer, select the Safety button, and then select Delete Browsing History.
- Select the check box next to Cookies.
- Select the Preserve Favorites website data check box if you don't want to delete the cookies associated with websites in your Favorites list.
- Select Delete.
(b) Block or allow cookies If you don't want sites to store cookies on your PC, you can block cookies. But blocking cookies might prevent some pages from displaying correctly, or you might get a message from a site letting you know that you need to allow cookies to view that site. Blocking cookies might prevent some pages from displaying correctly, or you might get a message from a site letting you know that you need to allow cookies to view that site.
To block or allow cookies in Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 10
- In Internet Explorer, select the Tools button, and then select Internet options.
- Select the Privacy tab, and under Settings, select Advanced and choose if you want to allow, block or be prompted for first and third party cookies.
To block or allow cookies
- In Internet Explorer, select the Tools button, and then select Internet options.2. Select the Privacy tab, and under Settings, move the slider to the top to block all cookies (or the bottom to allow all cookies), and then select OK.
Websites often store cookies and other data on your Mac. This data may include information that you have provided, such as your name, email address, and preferences. This data helps websites identify you when you return so the site can provide services for you and show information that might be of interest to you.By default, Safari accepts cookies and website data only from websites you visit. This helps prevent certain advertisers from storing data on your Mac. You can change options in Safari preferences so that Safari always accepts or always blocks cookies and other website data.
Important: Changing your cookie preferences or removing cookies and website data in Safari may change or remove them in other apps, including Dashboard.Choose Safari > Preferences, click Privacy, then do any of the following:
- Change which cookies and website data are accepted: Select a “Cookies and website data” option
Always block: Safari doesn’t let any websites, third parties, or advertisers store cookies and other data on your Mac. This may prevent some websites from working properly.
Allow from current website only: Safari accepts cookies and website data only from the website you’re currently visiting. Websites often have embedded content from other sources. Safari does not allow these third parties to store or access cookies or other data.
Allow from websites I visit: Safari accepts cookies and website data only from websites you visit. Safari uses your existing cookies to determine whether you have visited a website before.
Selecting this option helps prevent websites that have embedded content in other websites you browse from storing cookies and data on your Mac.
Always allow: Safari lets all websites, third parties, and advertisers store cookies and other data on your Mac.
- Remove stored cookies and data: Click Manage Website Data, select one or more websites, then click Remove or Remove All.
Removing the data may reduce tracking, but may also log you out of websites or change website behavior.
- See which websites store cookies or data: Click Manage Website Data.
- Change how often websites ask to use your location information: Select a “Website use of location services” option:
Prompt for each website once each day: Safari prompts you once each day for each website you visit that requests use of location services.
Prompt for each website one time only: Safari only prompts you once for each website you visit that requests use of location services.
Deny without prompting: All websites are denied access to location services and Safari does not prompt you.
- Ask websites not to track you: Some websites keep track of your browsing activities when they serve you content, which enables them to tailor what they present to you.
You can have Safari ask sites and their third party content providers (including advertisers) not to track you.With this option turned on, each time Safari fetches content from a website, Safari adds a request not to track you, but it’s up to the website to honor this request.To find information relating to other browsers, visit the browser developer's website.To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.