What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small text file, which is sent to your computer, mobile-phone or other device when you visit a website. Cookies are typically used to improve services, and many big websites place cookies whenever a user visits their site.
The cookie is typically used to improve services by:
– remembering your settings so you don’t have to give the same information several times whenever you visit a new page;
– remembering information you’ve already given (e.g. username, password, post code, etc.) so you don’t need to do it for every web page requested;
– measuring how visitors are using the website, in order to help us to provide you with a better user experience.
A cookie only contains data, not code, so it can’t contain a virus or spyware. Neither can cookies be used to collect personally identifiable information about you. You can manage and/or delete these small files as you wish. You can also set your browser to refuse all cookies or to inform you every time a cookie is being sent. However, some website features or services may not function properly without cookies.