There are two main types of cookies:
- Session cookies – so that the site can remember you for the duration of your visit.
- Persistent cookies – so the site can remember you when you return to the website minutes, days or months later.
Principally, cookies store your preferences and help you navigate between pages smoothly. Effectively, they help to streamline your web experience; that’s why websites use them.
Without cookies, websites would not be able to remember you from page to page, so that, for example, you would have to keep logging back in, or re-entering your security details.
- Some cookies keep track of your movements online so that they can target you for adverts. Ours don’t.
- Some websites use third party cookies from other websites who run content on your pages. Ours don’t.
You can choose to block cookies if you wish. You can also delete cookies that have already been stored on your computer. Access your browser settings through the Help menu to adjust your cookie settings. Just remember that this might affect the functions of certain websites when you return to them later.