What is a Cookie?
Cookies are text files placed on your computer to collect standard internet log information and visitor behaviour information. It isn’t a virus or spyware.
What are they used for?
Cookies help make website surfing easier for you. When you visit a website, like mine for example, for the first time, the server for my website will send a file to your computer, this installs itself automatically on the disk, your computer. It’s because of this cookie that you will recognised next time you visit my website which not only means you won’t have to enter your details all over again if logging in (if you’re a course student), but it also helps me understand your visit to ensure I deliver the best website for you. Cookies help customise your website experience.
What are the different types of Cookies?
Cookies can be like Marmite, we love them & we hate them.
There are the types that help your web visit experience because they make your surfing easier and allow you to be quickly recognised. Then there are the types used for sales or marketing purposes, where your behaviour can be used to market back to you when you visit other places online – you’ve probably experienced shopping for Holidays and then seeing an Ad banner for a travel agent pop in the side of your Hotmail. Rest assured I don’t do any retargeting marketing, so you won’t be seeing any Ad’s like that from me.
There are three different types of Cookies:
Session Cookies – these are mainly used by online shops as they allow you to keep items in your basket when your shopping online. These expire when the website closes.
Permanent Cookies – these remain active, even when you have closed your browser down. They remember your log in details and password information so you don’t have to remember yourself and type them in each time you visit. The law stipulates that these need to be deleted after a period of 6 months.
Third-Party Cookies – these are installed by Third Party companies with the aim of collecting user insights i.e. behaviours, demographics, site visits. I use Google Analytics and this is used to track your use of this website and to compile statistic reports on my website’s activity and performance in Google Analytics.
The pages you visit on website.
The length of time you spend on each website page.
How you found my website.
What you click on while visiting the site.
I do not collect or store any personal information using cookies. The information is not used to identify any individual.
How do I delete Cookies or Erase them?
Cookies will invade your life no matter what website browser you use. Much like walking round a shopping centre and seeing a Millie’s Cookies, they’re calling for you.
If you really didn’t want Cookie’s to be installed on your computer then there are a few things you can try to avoid this.
Erase Cookies – for this you will need to fine the folder or file where the cookies are stored on your computer and delete them. If you do this, you will need to remember to do it pretty regularly to keep on top of it.
Block Cookies – You can choose to block a website’s cookies and to do this you would need to configure your internet browser to categorically refuse all the cookies that try and install on your computer. You need to be careful with this option because even though it means you will no longer be remembered, it can often cause problems with you accessing websites at all and having any kind of online experience with a site, so keep this in mind.
There are some other methods as well and you can read about these and also learn more about Cookies by visiting www.aboutcookies.org or www.allaboutcookies.org.