What are cookies?
A cookie is small piece of data sent from a webpage and stored on your hard drive or in your browser which in turn can store the cookie on your hard drive.
We use both persistent cookies and session cookies. Whereas persistent cookies remain on your computer for a longer period of time, session cookies are automatically deleted when the browser window is closed. Please see below for a description of the cookies we use on the Webpage and for the purpose of such use.
What cookies do we use?
We use functional cookies to operate certain functions of the Webpage and to optimize your use of our Website. We also use analytics cookies to analyse how the Webpage is accessed, used and is performing. We use the information to maintain, operate and improve the Webpage and for statistical and marketing purposes.
We use WordPress Cookie Check on our Webpage which tests cookies, a browser cookie. This cookie exists in all WordPress installations and is stored until the session ends (i.e. until the browser window is closed).
By using cookies, we can see when and for how long you browsed our Webpage, which webpages you visited just prior to our Webpage. We can also see which internet service provider you have. Through this information we can measure the traffic on the Webpage and adjust the information provided to better correspond to your desires. The purpose is for you to save time and get more out of your visit.
Since the information shows how and when visitors use the Webpage we can continuously improve the Webpage. The Information can also be used to improve and increase the relevance of our advertising.
Turning off and deleting cookies
Most web browsers will provide the option to turn off or disallow cookies. How you do this depends on the web browser you are using. Instructions for disallowing cookies can usually be found in the browser’s ‘Help’ menu. Note that in common with most other transactional websites, if you only disable third party cookies, you will not be prevented from making purchases on our websites but refusing the cookies we have used via your web browser will mean that you are unable to make a transactional purchase on our website. You may also find that the functionality of many other websites and services will be affected. Cookies can be deleted using your web browser. However, unless they are disallowed they will be re-applied the next time you visit a website.
If you want to disable cookies you need to change your website browser settings to reject cookies. How you can do this will depend on the browser you use. Further details on how to disable cookies for the most popular desktop browsers are set out here (these may vary depending on operating system and browser version)[link]:
For Microsoft Internet Explorer:
- Choose the menu “Tools” then “Internet Options”
- Click on the “Privacy” tab
- Select “Advanced”
- Choose the appropriate settings
For Google Chrome:
- Choose “Settings” and click on “Advanced”
- Under “Privacy and Security” click “Content Settings”
- Click “Cookies”
- Choose Preferences > Privacy
- Click on “Block all cookies”
For Mozilla firefox:
- Click on the menu icon then select “Options”
- Click on the icon “Privacy & Security”
- Find the menu “cookie” and select the relevant options
For Opera 6.0 and further:
- Choose the menu icon and select “Settings”
- Click on “Privacy & Security”
- Choose the appropriate settings