Cookies are small files which are stored on a user’s computer or mobile device. Cookies are a convenient way to carry information from one session on a website to another, or between sessions on related websites, without having to burden a server machine with massive amounts of data storage.
Cookies are used by most websites and mostly to do with the technical operation of the website. However, they are also used to monitor how people are using the website, such as which pages are visited and how long is spent on each page. Each “visitor session” is tracked even though no effort is made to try to identify them in person.
Naturally, there is concern about privacy and security on the internet. Cookies do not in themselves present a threat to privacy, since they can only be used to store information that the user has volunteered or that the web server already has. Furthermore, because the data in a cookie doesn’t change when it travels back and forth, it has no way to affect how your computer runs.
Cookies fall into four main categories:
Cookies are also categorised as:
Our website uses Google Analytics cookies. Information collected by Google Analytics cookies will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States of America in accordance with its privacy practices. To see an overview of privacy at Google and how this applies to Google Analytics, please click here .
Other than “Strictly Necessary Cookies”, which are essential for the functioning of our website, if you do not wish to accept all of the cookies used on our website, you can set your internet browser settings to reject, restrict or block some or all of the cookies we use.
Every browser gives you a range of options for enabling or deleting cookies. Internet Explorer, for instance, allows you to manage cookies under “Privacy” and “Advanced.” In Chrome, find where cookies are stored as outlined above, then select your management options under “Cookies.”
Banning all browser cookies could make navigating our (and other) website difficult. However, a setting that controls or limits third-party and tracking cookies can help protect your privacy while still making it possible to shop online and carry out similar activities.