What are cookies and what do they do?
A cookie is a small text file which is stored by the browser on a user's machine when they visit a website. This allows the web server to identify indivudual users and custom the site to a particular user. For example, if a website requires a login to view certain sections of the site, a cookie will allow the user to view all the pages without having to login to each individual page. They can also be used when shopping online to allow the user to return to the website and continue shopping at a later time. They may also be used to track a user through the website and for many other purposes.
Are cookies safe?
Cookies are plain text files and contain no personal or confidential information. They do not contain viruses or malware and cannot cause harm to a user's computer.
Types of cookies
A session cookie only lasts for the duration of users using the website. Upon quitting the web browser, a session cookie is normally deleted.
Persistent cookies help websites remember your information and settings when you visit them in the future. This result in faster and more convenient access since, for example, you don't have to login again or your shopping cart is saved.
Turning cookies off and removing cookies
It is possible to change the cookie settings in your Internet browser to your specific requirements. You may choose to reject all cookies but this may severely limit functionality or you may choose to allow only cookies from websites you know and trust. For further information about changing cookie settings, we have provided links to some popular browser settings.