What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small text file on the user’s browser and hard drive that uniquely identifies the user’s browser. Cookies do a lot of useful things like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences, generally improving your user experience and they can also ensure adverts you see online are more relevant to your interests.
There are several types of cookies:
Strictly necessary cookies: essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features, such as secure areas. These cookies enable services you have specifically asked for.
Performance cookies: these cookies collect information about how visitors use the website. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies a visitor; this information is aggregated and therefore anonymous.
Functionality cookies: these cookies allow the website to remember your choices and provide a more personal experience. The information they collect can be anonymised and they cannot track your browsing history.
Targeting or advertising cookies: used to deliver adverts more relevant to you and your interests and measure advert effectiveness. They collect data about your browsing habits and share this information with other organisations like advertisers.
There are also persistent cookies and session cookies. Session cookies are temporary and are erased when the browser exits. Persistent cookies remain on the user’s hard drive until the user erases them or until they expire.
What cookies are in use on this site?
- _ga Performance cookie 3rdparty 2 years
- _gid Performance cookie 3rdparty 1 day
- wfwaf-authcookie-* Performance cookie 1st party 12 hrs
- wordpress_test_cookie Performance cookie 1st party Expires when you close your browser
How can you turn off cookies?
Please be aware that we make every effort to respect your choices, however, there is the possibility that not all cookies will be captured. If this is a concern, then we would recommend that you change your cookie settings via your browser; your browser help function will tell you how.
If, for example, you are using Microsoft Internet Explorer and you wish to block website cookies, you can perform the following:
On your browser tools menu, select ‘Internet Options’
Click on the ‘Privacy’ tab and then on the ‘Edit’ button
Type into the ‘Address of website’ field the site you want to block
Click on the ‘Block’ button
Click on the OK button
Other browsers have similar cookie management abilities somewhere in their preferences settings, please refer to your browser’s ‘Help’ facility.