What is a cookie?
Wikipedia defines a cookie as:
“An HTTP cookie (also called web cookie, Internet cookie, browser cookie, or simply cookie) is a small piece of data sent from a website and stored on the user's computer by the user's web browser while the user is browsing. Cookies were designed to be a reliable mechanism for websites to remember stateful information (such as items added in the shopping cart in an online store) or to record the user's browsing activity (including clicking particular buttons, logging in, or recording which pages were visited in the past). They can also be used to remember pieces of information that the user previously entered into form fields, such as names, addresses, passwords, and credit-card numbers. ”
While cookies cannot carry viruses, and cannot install malware on the host computer, tracking cookies and especially third-party tracking cookies have commonly been used in the past as way to compile long-term records of individuals' browsing histories - a major privacy concern that prompted law makers around the world to take action.
Importance of cookies in authentication
Cookies do perform essential functions in the modern web. Most importantly, authentication cookies are the most common method used by web servers to know whether the user is logged in or not, and which account they are logged in with. Without such a mechanism, a site would not know whether to send a page containing sensitive information, or require the user to authenticate themselves by logging in. The security of an authentication cookie generally depends on the security of the issuing website and the user’s web browser. If not implemented correctly, a cookie’s data can be intercepted by a hacker to gain unapproved access to the user’s data and possibly to the originating website.
You can easily delete cookies from your computer and can also use your web browser to adjust your privacy settings – in other words which type of cookies you accept from the websites you browse, and how you allow those websites to read the cookies.
Cookies for measuring use of our site
We use Google analytics to analyse how our users use our site. Google analytics generate statistical information about website use by storing cookies on users’ computers and tracking that user’s journey through the website. The information generated helps us understand how people use the site which is very important as we strive to make it better. Google might store this information, although some of the cookies they use are deleted when you close your browser. You can find out more about the way Google manages cookies by visiting their privacy policies.
Cookies from other related sites
Cookies from advertisers
Third party plug-in cookies
We may use plug-in tools from verified thirty party sites from time to time to provide users with additional features, services or rewards. Such plug-in tools normally rely upon cookies in order to function properly.
Third party websites
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