So what are cookies?
Cookies are simply small text files which are held on your computer or mobile device when you visit a website or launch an application. These small text files are completely harmless and could not damage your computer or device in any way. Your browser (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, etc.) will then send these text files back to our website on each visit to ensure our website will recognise you and remember things such as your username or products left in your shopping cart.
Without a cookie (or a similar technology), a web server cannot distinguish between different users, or determine any relationship between sequential page visits made by the same user. For this reason, cookies are used to differentiate one user from another and to pass information from page to page during a single user's website session. Cookies do not identify you, so you remain anonymous to us while on our website, unless you create an account and sign in.
Session cookies – These only last during your online session which will then disappear from your computer or mobile device once you close the browser.
Persistent cookies – These stay stored on your computer or mobile device even after your browser has closed and will stay there for the duration of the time specified within that cookie. Once you revisit the website these persistent cookies will become active again allowing your preferences to be remembered upon each visit.
Please note that cookies cannot contain viruses, cannot access files or install programs on your computer and cannot be seen by others.
We like to keep track of what pages and links are popular and which ones don't get used so much to help us keep our sites relevant and up to date. It's also very useful to be able to identify trends of how people navigate (find their way through) our sites and if they get 'error messages' from web pages.
This group of cookies, often called 'analytics cookies' are used to gather this information. These cookies don't collect information that identifies you. The information collected is anonymous and is grouped with the information from everyone else’s cookies. We can then see the overall patterns of usage rather than any one person’s activity. Analytics cookies only record activity on the site you are on and they are only used to improve how a website works.