What is a Cookie?

A cookie is a text-only string of information that a website transfers to the cookie file of the browser on your computer’s hard disk so that the website can remember who you are. Cookies can help a website to arrange content to match your preferred interests more quickly - most major websites use cookies. Cookies alone cannot be used to identify you.

A cookie will typically contain the name of the domain from which the cookie has come (the “lifetime” of the cookie) and a value, usually a randomly generated unique number.

There are two types of cookies:

  • Session Cookies
    which are temporary cookies that remain in the cookie file of your browser until you leave the site.
  • Persistent Cookies
    which remain in the cookie file of your browser for much longer (though how long will depend on the lifetime of the specific cookie)

How are cookies used and what information may be collected?
Session Cookies are used:

  • To allow you to carry information across pages of our site and avoid having to re-enter information
  • Within registration to allow you to access stored information

Persistent Cookies are used:

  • To help us recognise you as a unique visitor (using a number, you cannot be identified personally) when you return to our website
  • To compile anonymous, aggregated statistics that allow us to understand how users use our site and to help us improve the structure of our website. We cannot identify you personally in this way.

Third Party Cookies

Third parties may serve cookies via this site. These are typically used for the following purposes :

  • To count the number of anonymous users of a website

Disabling and Enabling Cookies

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies by modifying the settings in your browser. However, you may not be able to use all the interactive features of some websites if cookies are disabled. Should you wish to be alerted before a cookie is accepted on your hard disk, guideline instructions follow below :

  • Internet Explorer:
    • Go to the “Tools” menu
    • Click on “Internet Options”
    • Click the “Privacy” tab
    • Move the slider to select your preferred settings
    • Select security level “High” if you don’t want to receive cookies
    • Click on “OK”
    • Click the “General” tab
    • Click on the “Delete” button in the “Browsing History” section
    • Click on the “Delete Cookies” button in the “Delete Browsing History” popup
      This will delete all cookies

Once you delete these files, you will have no more cookies and your browser will no longer send or receive new cookies based on security level that you have selected.

  • Mozilla Firefox:
    • Go to the “Tools” menu
    • Click on “Options”
    • Click on the “Privacy” button
    • Uncheck “Accept cookies from sites” option if you don’t want to receive cookies
    • On the same window click “Clear now” button to delete cookies
    • Check “Cookies” in “Clear Private Data”
    • Click on the “Clear private data now” button

Once you delete these files, you will have no more cookies and your browser will no longer send or receive new cookies according to your preference settings.

  • Netscape:
    • Go to the “Options” menu
    • Click on “Network Preferences”
    • Click on “Protocols”
    • Tick the box that says “Show an alert before accepting a cookie”
    • Navigate to the Netscape folder
    • Delete the file that is called “cookies.txt”, this will delete all the cookies
  • Opera:
    • Go to the “File” menu
    • Click on “Preferences”
    • Select “Privacy”
    • Select your preferred settings
  • Safari:
    • Select “Preferences” from Safari menu
    • Select Security icon
    • Cookie settings are shown in window
    • Select your preferred settings

Deleting Cookies

You can easily delete any cookies that have been installed in the cookie folder of your browser.
For example, if you are using Microsoft Windows Explorer :

  • Open “Windows Explorer”
  • Click on the “Search” button on the tool bar
  • Type “cookie” into the search box for “Folders and Files”
  • Select “My Computer” in the “Look In” box
  • Click on “Search Now”
  • Double click on the folders that are found
  • Select any cookie file
  • Press the “Delete” button on your keyboard

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