A cookie is a piece of information that is sent by a web server to a web browser and is stored by the browser. The information is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server. For example, cookies allow users to login to their account without having to input their username and password every time they access the service. Most cookies are created for convenience.
Cookies do not typically contain any information that personally identifies a user, but personal information that we store about you may be linked to the information stored in and obtained from cookies. Cookies are used by nearly all websites and do not harm your computer
Cookies may be either "persistent" cookies or "session" cookies: a persistent cookie will be stored by a web browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date (which is set by the server) unless deleted by the user before the expiry date. On the other hand, a session cookie will expire at the end of the user session, which is usually when the web browser is closed.
If you want to check or change what types of cookies you accept this can usually be altered within your browser settings. You can block cookies at any time by activating the setting on your browser. However if you block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of the site.
Cookies can be categorised as follows:
Necessary Cookies: These cookies essential and allow you to use the website effectively and therefore are enabled automatically and can cause issues if they are disabled.
Analytical Cookies: I use analytical cookies to track your use of the website. This enables me to understand how you use the site and track any patterns with regards how you are using the website. This helps me to develop and improve the website as well as products and / or services in response to what you might need or want. This category of cookie is opt-in on this website.