What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small data file that is downloaded to your computer when a website is visited. Normally this is a text file that can be opened on Notebook and will contain a reference number identifying the website and unique visitor code. This code is then used to identify repeat visitors to a site and in some cases can avoid repetitive input of data, retain user settings and preferences or remember purchases.
Cookies are not programmes and cannot contain virus’s or malware.
First Party Cookies
These are cookies that are set by this website directly.
You can find out more about Google’s position on privacy as regards its analytics service at https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245
WordPress: Our websites runs the popular WordPress CMS and cookies are used to store basic data on your interactions with WordPress, and whether you have logged into WordPress. We use a session cookie to remember your log-in for you if you are a registered user and we deem these as being strictly necessary to the working of the website. If these are disabled then various functionality on the site will be broken.
More information on session cookies and what they are used for at http://www.allaboutcookies.org/cookies/session-cookies-used-for.html
Third Party Cookies
These are cookies set on your machine by external websites whose services are used on this site. Cookies of this type are the sharing buttons across the site allow visitors to share content onto social networks. In order to implement these buttons, and connect them to the relevant social networks and external sites, there are scripts from domains outside of our website. You should be aware that these sites are likely to be collecting information about what you are doing all around the internet, including on this website.
You should check the respective policies of each of these sites to see how exactly they use your information and to find out how to opt out, or delete, such information
Turning Off Cookies
Cookies are in the large part harmless as they are not programmes and cannot make changes to your computer. However if you have any concerns you can opt to turn off cookies from your browser or receive a prompt if a website would like to download a cookie. How this is done will depend on the browser you are using. A good guide for more information is on the about cookies website
If you would like to read more about Cookies and their purpose the below sites may be of interest