What’s a cookie?
A cookie is a small piece of data that a website asks your browser to store on your computer or mobile device. The cookie allows the website to “remember” your actions or preferences over time. Cookies can also be used to analyse traffic and for advertising and marketing purposes. Cookies are used by nearly all websites and do not harm your system.
If you want to check or change what types of cookies you accept, this can usually be altered within your browser settings. You can block cookies at any time by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies), you may not be able to access all or parts of our site. By using our website without deleting or rejecting some or all cookies, you agree that we can place those cookies that you have not removed or dismissed on your device.
Cookies are either:
- Session cookies: these are only stored on your computer during your web session and are automatically deleted when you close your browser – they usually store an anonymous session ID allowing you to browse a website without having to log in to each page but they do not collect any personal data from your computer; or
- Persistent cookies: a persistent cookie is stored as a file on your computer, and it remains there when you close your web browser. The cookie can be read by the website that created it when you visit that website again. We use persistent cookies for Google Analytics and the Facebook Pixel.
Cookies can also be categorised as follows:
- Strictly necessary cookies: These cookies are essential to enable you to use the website effectively, such as when buying a product and/or service, and therefore cannot be turned off. Without these cookies, the services available to you on our website cannot be provided. These cookies do not gather information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering where you have been on the internet.
- Performance cookies: These cookies enable us to monitor and improve the performance of our website. For example, they allow us to count visits, identify traffic sources and see which parts of the site are most popular.
- Functionality cookies: These cookies allow our website to remember choices you make and provide enhanced features. For instance, we may be able to provide you with news or updates relevant to the services you use. They may also be used to provide services you have requested such as viewing a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect is usually anonymised.
If you leave a comment on any of the website articles or blog posts, then a cookie will be stored if you check the ‘remember me’ option. This setting will remember you the next time you post on that computer and browser.
We make use of Google Analytics to understand our users better. Google Analytics sets a third party cookie to uniquely identify you as browse this website. Google Analytics collects information including your IP address, pages visited, referrer, time spent, browser and estimated location.
We make use of Facebook Pixel and may present you with targeted advertisements on Facebook based on your usage of this website.
WordPress is the Content Management System (CMS) that has been used to create this site. If you are a registered user of the Resource Library, then a cookie will be stored when logging in and out. This data is essential for proper website operation.