Cookies are small pieces of data stored on your computer or other device when websites are loaded in a browser. They are widely used to remember you and your preferences either for a single visit (through a session cookie) or multiple repeat visits (using a persistent cookie).
Cookies may be set by the site that you are visiting (known as ‘first party cookies’), or by other websites who serve up content on that site (‘third party cookies’).
Cookies are widely used and do not harm your computer system. They record how you navigate a website so that its contents can be tailored based on the information stored about your last visit. Cookies can also be used to analyse traffic and for advertising and marketing purposes.
There are several types of cookies:
Strictly necessary cookies – These are cookies that are essential to the operation of my website.
Analytical/performance cookie – I measure visitors to my website using Google Analytics. This records what pages you view within my site, how you arrived at my site and some basic information about your computer. All that information is anonymous.
Functionality cookies – These cookies are used to remember choices you may have made on the site such as storing your recently viewed articles for your reference.
3. CONTROLLING COOKIES
You may review or change the Cookies you accept within your browser settings. You can block Cookies at any time through your browser. However, if your browser settings restrict or block Cookies, this can limit the functionality of the websites you visit.