What is a Cookie?
A cookie is a small file, typically of letters and numbers, downloaded on to a device when the user accesses certain websites. Cookies allow a website to recognise a users device.
For more information on cookies visit www.allaboutcookies.org
What are the different types of cookies?
Session cookies - Allow websites to link the actions of a user during a browser session. They may be used for a variety of purposes such as remembering what a user has put in their shopping basket as they browse around a site. They could also be used for security. These session cookies expire after a browser session so would not be stored long term.
Persistent cookies - Are stored on a user's device in between browser sessions which allows the preferences or actions of the user across a site to be remembered.
First and Third Party Cookies - Whether a cookie is 'first' or 'third' party refers to the website domain placing the cookie. First party cookies in basic terms are cookies set by a website visited by the user. Third party cookies are cookies that are set by a domain other than the one being visited by the user.
If you are concerned about cookies and would like to disable their use then you can do this in your browser settings. Links are given for instructions on how to do this below:
If your browser is not listed then instructions can easily be obtained by searching for 'Managing cookies' followed by the name of your browser.