What Are Cookies And How Do They Benefit You?
Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer or mobile device when you browse websites. Cookies are not actual programs or software. When you visit a website it stores a snippet of text from your visit; the next time you visit, this text is retrieved by the website so they can recognise you. Cookies have different uses depending on the website visited. Cookies allow websites to store such things as user preferences. You can think of cookies as providing a “memory” for the website, enabling it to recognise a user and respond appropriately. Cookies on our website do NOT store any personally identifiable information such as names, addresses, email addresses or phone numbers. For more details see, What are cookies?
Our cookies help us:
What information is kept by the cookie? A cookie will typically hold:
How long do cookies stay on my computer?
Website Function Cookies such as session or preference cookies
Our site, like most websites, includes functionality provided by third parties. A common example is an embedded YouTube or Vimeo video. Disabling these cookies is likely to break the functions offered by these third parties.
Social Media Website Cookies
Anonymous Visitor & Behaviour Statistics Cookies
These statistics help us make our site as user-friendly as possible, to ensure a good experience for all visitors. We use:
Site Improvement Cookies
We regularly test new designs or site features on our site. We do this by showing slightly different versions of our website to different people and anonymously monitoring how visitors respond to these different versions. Ultimately this helps us to offer you a better website. We use: Google Search Console
You can opt-out of creation of a user profile, Hotjar’s storing of data about your usage of our site and Hotjar’s use of tracking cookies on other websites by following this opt-out link.
Turning Cookies Off
You can switch cookies off by adjusting your internet browser settings to stop it accepting cookies. There are many different browsers and versions. Some of the most common browsers and versions and listed below. Click the name of your preferred browser below to learn how to disable and manage cookies. If you version of browser is not listed, please visit your preferred search engine.
Please be aware though that turning off cookies will impair the performance of many websites and not just ours.