Don’t Panic – There is nothing sinister about cookies -You have nothing to fear.
No personally identifiable information is gathered by this site.
Cookies have been used by website administrators almost since the inception of the internet, to see how their visitors interact on sites, but ridiculous laws from those meddling EU officials in Brussels, Belgium have dictated to all website owners in the EU that we must tell you all about them, if your are surfing from within the EU and give you the option to turn them off… if we don’t we are breaking the law.
So with that in mind this page will help inform you about cookies, what they are and what they do…
What are cookies?
In this case they are not hard-baked biscuits with choc chips that you dunk in your tea!
Cookies are very tiny text files containing a string of characters that can be placed on your computer or mobile device that uniquely identify the browser or device you are using.
What does that mean in English?
For example a cookie will record that you may be using the Internet Explorer web browser on a Smartphone, or Google Chrome browser on a desktop computer
Where are Cookies stored?
In Windows Systems they are stored in the Users/App Data folder and nowhere else, they can easily be deleted manually, or with a system clean-up utility if desired.
Some cookies are just temporary and will ‘expire’ naturally, on their own, after a set time.
What are cookies used for, and why are they necessary?
There are or may be several reasons:
Cookies allow a site owner (or services used by that site) to know if your computer or device has visited that site or service before.
Why is that important?
This allows the site owner to view data about each visitor, for example to see how many times someone has visited a site or webpage, which helps them very much in determining how popular the site/page may be by the amount of returning visits.
Cookies can then be used to help the owner understand how the site or service is being used.
How Cookies Help You
Cookies can help you navigate between pages efficiently, help remember your preferences, and generally improve your browsing experience as a whole.
Cookies can also help ensure any ads you see online are likely more relevant to you and your interests.
Types of Cookies Explained
Cookies come in four ‘flavors’
There are generally four categories of cookies:
Find out more about each cookie category below.
Strictly Necessary Cookies.
These cookies are essential, as they enable you to move around the site or service and use its features, such as accessing log-in or secure areas, if you turn them off you will not be able to use the site properly, as they are used for security purposes.
These cookies collect information about how you have used the site or Service, for example,
Information related to a unique username you have provided, helping to reduce server load our end.
These cookies may also be used to allow us to know that you have logged in so that we can serve you fresher content than a new user who has never logged in before.
The information collected is used to improve how the Service works.
These cookies allow us to remember how you’re logged in, whether you chose to no longer see advertisements, whether you made an edit to an article on the Service while logged out, when you logged in or out, the state or history of Service tools you’ve used.
These cookies also allow us to tailor the Service to provide enhanced features and content for you and to remember how you’ve customized the Service in other ways, such as customizing any toolbars we offer.
The information these cookies collect may be anonymous, and they are not used to track your browsing activity on other sites or services.
4. Targeting Cookies.
This site does not use this type of cookie directly.
Targeting Cookies are used specifically by our advertising partners or other third party partners.
This helps them deliver advertising that they may have already deemed is relevant to your interests.
These cookies can remember that your device has visited a site or service, and may also be able to track your device’s browsing activity on other sites or services other than this one.
They may also used by companies such as Google and Bing to detect and prevent ‘click fraud’ to protect the companies they are working on behalf of.
Third Party advertisers may share the data they have collected with other organizations outside of this site over which we have have no control. this then helps their advertisers measure the effectiveness of an advertising campaign, or other statistics.
How long will cookies stay on my device?
The length of time a cookie will stay on your computer or mobile device depends on whether it is a “persistent” or “session” cookie.
Session cookies will only stay on your device until you stop browsing.
Persistent cookies stay on your computer or mobile device until they expire or are deleted.
First and third party cookies
First Part Cookies
First-party cookies are cookies that are used by this site only. In all cases these are just for visitor analytical data.
This data really helps us to make our site better for you.
No personally identifiable information is gathered about you on this site.
Analytics data we collect usually records the following:
- The IP address you are browsing from (this will be from a block of dozens of addresses used by your Network provider)
- Your country of Origin
- Date and time
- Pages visited
- Time on site/page
- The device you accessed the site with
- Some exit link tracking
Third Party Cookies
How to control and delete cookies
Note that if you set your browser to disable cookies, you may not be able to access certain parts of our Service and other parts of our Service may not work properly.
You can find out more information cookie settings at third-party information sites, such as www.allaboutcookies.org
Can I Turn Cookies Off?
Yes you can, and you always have been able to do so in your browser.
Turning off or blocking cookies can prevent some sites from functioning properly, either partly or the whole site may just ‘freeze’ up, so you may find it is not a good idea to turn them off at all.