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Cookie information

Cookies are really harmless text files that certain web sites will place onto the hard drive of your computer. Your Internet Browser will then load the information into the memory while you are visiting their site. The Cookie itself, takes up very little space and acts as an identification card for the visiting site. You can compare this to visiting your favourite restaurant where your food server will usually remember certain aspects of how you like your food prepared and what you usually order. This information would obviously be based upon his familiarity of your prior visits. Cookies act in a similar manner and do not contain viruses, as a virus must be executable file. Let us look at some of the ways that Cookies act as an identification card.

Why do Websites Sites Use Cookies?

There are numerous reasons why websites use cookies. These range from statistical purposes to assertain how many visitors came to the site and this can be broken down further to monitor how many new visitors or repeating visitors visited the site.Furthermore, how often did they visit. The Website creates a unique ID for each visitor and stores this information into a database.

Cookies can be used to store your personal preferences, referred to as customisations, that you set while navigating their site. For instance, if you visit, you can sign in to create your own personal yahoo page and customise it according to your personal preferences.

Online Shopping sites use cookies to keep track of items that you add to their shopping carts and quick checkout options. The cookie will keep track of every item that you add to the shopping cart while you continue to browse through different pages or entirely different sections of their site. Every item added is stored within the Web site’s database along with a unique ID value that has been assigned to you. Therefore, when you select the checkout option, the site automatically knows what items are in your cart by retrieving those selections from its database. This is the reason why sites such as Amazon or eBay will prompt you to enable cookies in case you have disabled them.

Cookies also provide web designers and programmers with a quick and convenient method of keeping their site content fresh and up to date according to the interests of their users. Modern web servers use Cookies for back-end interaction, allowing them to securely store any personal data that the user has entered within a site. On return visits the user only has to enter partial information to access their account and purchases can be made quicker as their payment information is on file regarding their previous purchases.

To conclude, cookies are small text files, they cannot damage your computer system or any files on your hard drive. They cannot transmit viruses as viruses are executable in nature. Some users simply may just not want their personal data to be monitored and tracked, this is one of the primary reasons why many people just disable accepting cookies.

Do any third parties set cookies on our website?

Some third party applications used on our website may set cookies on certain pages so that we can use their services to improve our website or offer additional functionality to our users.

Partner name what their cookies are used for

Google Analytics

_utma This randomly generated number is used to determine unique visitors to our site.

_utmb This randomly generated number works with _utmc to calculate the average length of time users spend on our site.

_utmc This randomly generated number works with _utmb to calculate when you close your browser

_utmz This is a randomly generated number and information about how the site was reached direct or via a link, organic search or paid search

These cookies are specific to our website and visitors are not tracked across websites belonging to other Google Analytics users.

For more information go to opt out of Google analytics

'Share' tools - Twitter, Facebook, Digg, Google+

If visitors share our content on social networks using the 'Share' tools on our pages then they may be sent cookies from these websites. We don't control the setting of these cookies and recommend visitors check their social network website for more information about their cookies.

Youtube Some of our pages feature videos embedded from YouTube,

A video hosting service from Google which uses cookies to remember user preferences and provide analytics on videos usage.

In addition to the cookies used on our website we undertake a limited amount of advertising through Google Adsence, an advertising platform provided by Google, which makes use of cookies. Advertisements are displayed alongside Google search results and a cookie is set when someone clicks on an advertisement. We do not set these cookies but do make use of them in analysing which adverts are most successful.

Setting Your Browser To Accept or Reject Cookies

Internet Explorer, Netscape and Firefox provide you with some level of control regarding accepting and rejecting cookies. All Browsers have menu options that allow you to define their Cookie settings where you can enable a screening feature to receive a warning asking you if you would like to accept the site’s incoming cookie.

For The Latest Versions of Netscape and Firefox

Click on the word Tools, which is contained in your top tool bar area.

This will pull down a menu for you to now click on Options.

Then click on the Privacy icon where you will see a Cookies Tab to click on for Firefox.

Netscape displays a listing of Privacy Settings where you will see Cookies within the list.

When you enter this area, you can clear the Cookies or choose the option to accept them.

For The Latest Version of Internet Explorer.

Click on the word Tools, which is contained in your top tool bar area.

This will pull down a menu for you to now click on Internet Options.

Then click on the Privacy tab located at the top of the options windows.

Then click on the Advanced tab to bring up the Advanced Privacy Settings windows.

This is the area where you can define how Cookies are handled on your system etc.

Changes to this privacy policy may at it's discretion update this privacy policy at any time. When we do, we will revise the updated date at the footer of this page. If you do not agree to this policy, please do not use our Site. Your continued use of the Site following the posting of changes to this policy will be deemed your acceptance.