A cookie is a file containing an identifier (a string of letters and numbers) that is sent by a web server to a web browser and is stored by the browser. The identifier is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server.
Cookies may be either â€œpersistentâ€ cookies or â€œsessionâ€ cookies: a persistent cookie will be stored by a web browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date, unless deleted by the user before the expiry date; a session cookie, on the other hand, will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed.
Cookies do not typically contain any information that personally identifies a user, but personal information that we store about you may be linked to the information stored in and obtained from cookies.
Cookies can be used by web servers to identify and track users as they navigate different pages on a website and identify users returning to a website.
We use both session and persistent cookies on our website.
We make use of several cookies on our website the purposes for which they are used are set out below:
a. Improve the websiteâ€™s usability and administer the website
b. personalise the website for each registered user
c. validate authenticated users sessions
Third party Cookies
Our website also uses third party cookies including Google analytics and facebook.
We use Google Analytics to analyse the use of our website.
Our analytics service provider generates statistical and other information about website use by means of cookies.
The analytics cookies used by our website have the following names: _ga, _gat_gtag_U/A_gid.
The information generated relating to our website is used to create reports about the use of our website.
Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies; for example:
a. in Internet Explorer (version 11) you can block cookies using the cookie handling override settings available by clicking â€œToolsâ€, â€œInternet Optionsâ€, â€œPrivacyâ€ and then â€œAdvancedâ€;
b. in Firefox (version 47) you can block all cookies by clicking â€œToolsâ€, â€œOptionsâ€, â€œPrivacyâ€, selecting â€œUse custom settings for historyâ€ from the drop-down menu, and unticking â€œAccept cookies from sitesâ€; and
c. in Chrome (version 52), you can block all cookies by accessing the â€œCustomise and controlâ€ menu, and clicking â€œSettingsâ€, â€œShow advanced settingsâ€ and â€œContent settingsâ€, and then selecting â€œBlock sites from setting any dataâ€ under the â€œCookiesâ€ heading.
If you block cookies, you will not be able to use all the features on our website.
You can delete cookies already stored on your computer; for example:
a. in Internet Explorer (version 11), you must manually delete cookie files (you can find instructions for doing so atÂ https://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/internet-explorer/delete-manage-cookies#ie=ie-11);
b. in Firefox (version 47), you can delete cookies by clicking â€œToolsâ€, â€œOptionsâ€ and â€œPrivacyâ€, then selecting â€œUse custom settings for historyâ€ from the drop-down menu, clicking â€œShow Cookiesâ€, and then clicking â€œRemove All Cookiesâ€; and
c. in Chrome (version 52), you can delete all cookies by accessing the â€œCustomise and controlâ€ menu, and clicking â€œSettingsâ€, â€œShow advanced settingsâ€ and â€œClear browsing dataâ€, and then selecting â€œCookies and other site and plug-in dataâ€ before clicking â€œClear browsing dataâ€.
Deleting cookies will have a negative impact on the usability of many websites.
Written by NoBullit