What are 'cookies'?
'Cookies' are small text files that are stored by the browser (for example, Internet Explorer or Safari) on your computer or mobile phone. They allow websites to store things like user preferences. You can think of cookies as providing a 'memory' for the website, so that it can recognise you when you come back and respond appropriately.
A visit to a page on our website may generate the following types of cookie:
- Site performance cookies – to remember your preferences for tools on the website
- Anonymous analytics cookies – to tell us whether or not you have visited the site before. Your browser will tell us if you have these cookies and, if you don't, we generate new ones. This allows us to track how many individual users we have, and how often they visit the site. If you are logged in, we will also know the details you gave to us for this, such as your username and email address.
How do I turn cookies off?
Most browsers are initially set up to accept cookies. You can reset your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. You can usually find these settings in the 'options' or 'preferences' menu of your browser. However, some features or services on our sites may not function properly without cookies.