What Are Cookies?
A cookie is a text file sent by a web server – a device where one or more websites are stored – to a web browser, and stored by the browser. The text file is then sent back to the web server each time the web browser requests a page from the web server. This enables the web server to identify and track the web browser and provide richer user experiences for visitors to a web site.
Below is a full list of cookies that we currently use on this website at the time of writing this update:
__utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmz = from Google Analytics. These cookies are installed in a visitor’s web browser when they agree to have cookies stored on their web access device. These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our website. We can then use the resulting data to generate reports that can help us improve the website experience. These cookies collect data anonymously; the resulting information allows us to identify the number of visitors who have come to the website, where visitors have come from, and which web pages visitors viewed while on our website.
Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies. For example, in Internet Explorer you can refuse all cookies by clicking: “Tools” & “Internet Options” & “Privacy”, and selecting “Block all cookies” using the sliding selector. This choice will, however, have a negative impact upon the usability of many websites, including this one.
Most browser companies provide instructions on disabling cookies on their web sites. The most popular browser companies are listed below;
- Google Chrome
- Microsoft Internet Explorer
- Mozilla Firefox
- Apple Safari (OS X) (Apple Mac, etc)
- Apple Safari (IOS) (iPhone, iPad)
- Google Android
You can learn more about cookies at AboutCookies.org