What is a cookie and why is it useful?
A “cookie” is a small piece of information sent by a website and stored in your browser to enable the website to see your previous activity. Cookies are essential to the functioning of the Internet. They provide countless benefits in the provision of interactive services, making browsing easier and increasing the usability of our website.
- Saving your username and password so you don’t have to enter them again.
- Keeping track of your shopping basket in an online store.
- Using previously selected content or design options.
- Obtaining information about your browsing habits.
Cookies can under no circumstances harm your computer. On the contrary, if they are active they can help us identify and correct errors.
What types of cookies do we use?
There are two types of cookies: permanent and temporary cookies (session cookies). Permanent cookies are stored as files on your computer or mobile device for no more than 12 months.
Technical cookies: These are needed in order for a website to work.
Analysis cookies: These collect information about how you browse our website, which browser you use, how long you’ve been browsing, etc.
Advertising cookies: These collect location information, for example to show you advertisements that may be of interest to you, such as ones targeted to your country. Session cookies are stored temporarily and disappear when you close your browser.
How can you configure or disable your cookies?
You can allow cookies, find out which cookies you have, or block or delete the cookies installed on your computer or device, using the browser options installed on it.
Firefox here: support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/enable-and-disable-cookies-website-preferences
Chrome here: support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647?hl=en
Explorer here: windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows-vista/block-or-allow-cookies
Safari here: support.apple.com/kb/ph5042
Opera here: help.opera.com/Windows/11.50/en/cookies.html