What are website cookies?
For most websites to function properly, certain basic information about their users. To do this, websites may create files known as “cookies”, which are small text files stored on users’ computers. These cookies are designed to allow the website to recognise users on subsequent visits, or to authorise other designated websites to recognise these users for a particular purpose.
Cookies fulfil many different roles. For instance, they are used to remember your preferences on websites you visit often, to store the contents of a shopping basket, to remember your user login details / browsing session, and to help you navigate between pages more efficiently. Some data collected is designed to detect browsing patterns and approximate geographical location to improve user experience.
Cookies and other similar technologies may be used to collect anonymised data about your visit.
Cookies are also used to recognise your computer when you visit the website subsequent times and to enable you to login to your online shopping account.
How do I turn cookies off?
It’s usually possible to stop your browser accepting cookies, or to stop it accepting cookies for a particular website.
All up to date browsers allow you to change your cookie settings. The cookie settings are found in the Preferences or Options menu of the browser. Use the Help option in the browser menu to find out how this works for your browser.