Cookies are small text files, or pieces of information that may be stored on your computer, or other Internet-enabled device when you visit a website. Cookies usually contain the name of the website the cookie has come from, how long it will remain on your device and a value, which is usually a randomly generated unique number.
No. They are just small text files that often make web browsing easier by remembering your preferences and information you have set. Cookies cannot spread viruses or cause harm to your computer.
There are four types of cookie:
|Necessary||These cookies are needed to make websites work properly; they enable you to move around and use the website features.||These cookies don't identify you as an individual.|
|Performance||These cookies help website owners understand how visitors interact with their websites by providing information about the areas visited; time spent on the website and issues encountered, such as error messages. This information helps improve the performance of websites.||These cookies don't identify you as an individual; all data is collected anonymously.|
|Functionality||These cookies allow websites to remember the choices you make such as your username and email address to provide a more personalised experience.||These cookies do collect personally identifiable information and can identify you as an individual.|
|Targeting||These cookies are used to deliver content that is more relevant to you and your interests. They may be used to deliver targeted advertising or to limit the number of times you see an advertisement||These cookies track visitors via their IP address so may collect some personally identifiable information.|
The length of time cookies last varies. There are two types of cookie:
Most internet browsers are set up to accept cookies automatically. You can change the settings to block cookies or to alert you when cookies are being sent to your computer. Please refer to your browser instructions or help screen to learn more about adjusting or modifying your browser settings. Alternatively you can use a plug-in such as Ghostery to monitor and block cookies.
Note: Blocking cookies may affect the way websites you visit work.
The following third party cookies are used on this website:
|Cookie||Purpose||Data Collected||More Information|
|Google Analytics||Statistics and tracking: Allows collection of website statistics and tracking information used to improve this website.||Provides anonymous information about ad serving domains, browser type, demographics, language settings, page views, time/date.||Find out more|
|Google Custom Search Engine||Search: Allows you to search the content of this website and receive relevant search results.||Provides anonymous browser information, time/date, web requests.||Find out more|
|Google +1||Social media and sharing: Allows you to share recommendations with friends, contacts and the rest of the web.||Provides anonymous browser information, time/date, web requests.||Find out more|
|Social media and sharing: Allows you to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent online messages called Tweets.||Provides anonymous information about ad clicks, browser type, mobile carrier, page views, referring URLs, time/date.||Find out more|
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