Are cookies viruses? No. Cookies are not viruses, trojans, spyware, or worms or any other kind of malware.
Are cookies programs? No. Cookies are not programs. They can’t install things you don’t want on your computer.
Can cookies see what’s on my computer? No, cookies can’t see what is on your computer. Nor can they collect any other information from your computer, nor snoop on your files.
Can the cookies I’ve got be seen by other people? No. A cookie can only be read by the site that gave you the cookie in the first place. And of course you can see your own cookies, as described later.
Can I control the cookies I get? Yes. You can control what cookies you get, and which cookies you keep, and whether or not information about your browsing activity is captured. This next section tells you how to control your preferences.
How can I see and manage my cookies in my browser? Virtually all modern browsers allow you to see what cookies you’ve got, and to delete them individually or delete all of them.
You can tell your browser to block all cookies from being set. You should be aware that if you do choose this option many sites will not work as smoothly as you are used to, and some functionality that is reliant on cookies to enable services you want to use will not work at all.
There are two different types of cookies:
Session Cookies: These are created temporarily when a user visits a website. Once the user closes the browser the cookie is deleted.
Persistent Cookies: This type of cookie remains on the user’s device for a certain period of time. The cookie is re-activated when the user returns to the website that set that particular cookie. These cookies can be removed manually.
The UK International Chamber of Commerce categorises cookies as:
- Strictly necessary cookies: These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around a website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the website.
- Performance cookies: These cookies collect information about how visitors use a website to help improve the performance of the site, for instance, which pages visitors go to most often. These cookies are anonymous and do not collect personal data that could identify a visitor.
- Functionality cookies: These cookies provide an enhanced, more personalised experience by storing your preferences such as username or region you are in.
- Targeting/advertising cookies: These cookies are used to deliver targeted adverts more relevant to you and your interests.
- No information from cookies can be traced to an individual person, and the cookie only relates to activity on our website.
The information cannot be used for marketing on an individual basis and does not compromise the security of your device.
Please visit www.allaboutcookies.org for further information about cookies.