What is a Cookie?
A cookie is a simple text file that is stored on your computer or mobile device by a website’s server. Only that server will be able to retrieve or read the contents of that cookie.
Each cookie is unique to your web browser. It will contain some anonymous information such as a unique identifier, the site name and some numbers. It allows a website to remember things like your preferences.
Cookies may be set by the website you are visiting (these are known as ‘first party cookies’) or they may be set by other websites who run content on the page you are viewing (‘third party cookies’).
To find out more about cookies, the website HowStuffWorks provides a comprehensive guide: How Internet Cookies Work
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You can prevent cookies from being saved on your end device by setting your browser to not accept cookies. Please note that most browsers accept cookies as a default setting.
In addition, you can delete cookies stored on your end device at any time. Instructions for how to do this can be found in the manual for your browser or end device.
Should you want to disable cookies, you may find the links to some of the most popular web browsers below:
Mozilla Firefox: please visit https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/enable-and-disable-cookies-website-preferences
Internet Explorer: please visit http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/internet-explorer/delete-manage-cookies#ie=ie-11
Google Chrome: please visit https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647?hl=en
Safari: please visit http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1677