What Are Cookies?
Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer by websites and which can be read back from your computer to the website. Cookies allow websites to store information as you move from one web page to the next, or between visits to the website.
- The “remember me” tickbox on website logins. When you tick the tickbox a cookie is written to your computer containing your user name so that the next time you visit the website your user name can be filled in automatically.
- E-commerce shopping baskets that remember the items you add to the basket between visits. The items you add to the basket are written into a cookie so that the next time you visit they can be put back into the basket automatically.
- Tracking of visits. When you visit a website it may store a cookie containing the time and date of your visit. The next time you visit the website the cookie can be read by the website to see if you are a new visitor or if you have visited before.
Cookies We Currently Use
We currently use the following cookies:
|Cookie ||Name ||Purpose |
|E-commerce shopping basket ||SecureCookieContainer ||To store which items are in the shopping basket between visits to the website. |
|Google Analytics ||__utma |
|To collect anonymous statistical information including page visits and e-commerce product performance that helps us improve our website. |
|ASP Session Cookie ||ASP.NET_SessionId ||This is a temporary cookie that is deleted when the web browser is closed. It is an integral part of the Microsoft ASP.NET platform on which our website is built. |
How To Disable Cookies
If you would like to prevent our website and also any other website from storing cookies on your computer you can do so by changing the settings in your web browser. Full details of how to do this should be available in your web browser’s Help Information but the following is a brief guide for some common web browsers.
Internet Explorer 9 (Windows)
Select ‘Tools’ from the menu bar, then ‘Internet Options’. In the pop up box select the ‘Privacy’ tab then slider the slider to the top then select ‘OK’.
Mozilla Firefox 5 (Windows)
Select ‘Options’ from the ‘Firefox’ dropdown menu. In the pop up box select the ‘Privacy’ tab then change the ‘History’ dropdown to ‘Use custom settings for history’. Untick ‘Accept cookies from sites’ then select ‘OK’.
Google Chrome (Windows)
Click the Spanner icon and select ‘Settings’. Select ‘Show advanced settings’ then in the Privacy section select ‘Content settings…’. Select ‘Block sites from setting any data’ then select ‘OK’.
Select ‘Safari’ from the menu bar, then ‘Preferences’. In the pop up box select the ‘Security’ tab then in the Accept Cookies section select ‘Never’.
More information about cookies can be found on the All About Cookies website.