"Cookies" are small encrypted harmless text files which are usually generated when a user visits a particular website and are stored in browser directories on your computer. When you next access the same website or another website that recognises that cookie, certain information can be retrieved from the "cookie" and can be used to identify the user's device.
Website servers set authentication cookies to help authenticate the user when they log in to a secure area of the website. User's Credential login information can be remembered in the cookie, and it enables the user to log in to the same website without having to re-enter the same authentication information for the subsequent visit.
Cookies can also be used to recognise and count the number of visitors on a site, see how they are moving around the site and which parts of a site are most popular. This allows websites to change and update their site in order to improve it.
There are two main types of cookies: session cookies and persistent cookies.
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|Are the unique identifiers for the user's session, so the content management system knows who they are, what the last page they visited was, etc.|
|These 3rd party cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited. Click here for an overview of privacy at Google.|
Most internet browsers allow you to stop receiving cookies via options/settings. You can also disable any cookies already stored on your computer. However, this will mean that our system may not recognise your computer when you log in and so you may not be able to use or access certain parts of the Website. If you would like to learn more about cookies, including how to enable and disable cookies, please visit www.allaboutcookies.org.
The following links further help explain how to change your settings on several popular browsers:
For all other browsers, please look for a 'help' function in the browser or contact the browser provider directly for assistance.