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What are Cookies?
Cookies are small text files placed on the device which you use to access a website. Cookies are placed on that device so that the website can remember and identify the device. Cookies contain anonymous information such as domain name from where the cookie originates, the cookie’s duration (also referred to as a cookie’s “lifetime”) and a unique random number.
Cookies help websites work, or work better, for instance by enabling a website into which you have logged in to identify you when you navigate from page to page (so that you don’t have to log in over and over again).
Cookies also provide aggregated information to website owners.
Cookies can help to website owners improve website content.
Cookies can be set by either the owner of the website itself (known as first-party cookies) or other websites that provide content for the website in question (known as third party cookies).
To find out more about cookies, you may visit www.allaboutcookies.org.
We use web beacons to communicate anonymous user data from the Site to the Google Analytics database. A web developer hired by Ascenian places the code on our site.
We may send a cookie which your browser will store on your device’s hard drive, and then use that cookie to recognize your device and personalize the Site on your future visits to it.
Session cookies. Some cookies used on the Site are temporary and remain on your device until you leave the Site, at which point they are deleted. These session cookies are typically used to carry information across Site pages, as in the example above – session cookies allow you to avoid re-entering log-in information as you navigate through a website.
Persistent cookies. Other cookies used on the Site remain on your device after you have left the Site. How long a cookie remains on your device depends on the lifetime of that specific cookie. These persistent cookies help the Site recognize your device when you return to the site, and they help us improve the Site by compiling anonymous, aggregated statistics on Site usage.
The cookies used by the Site can be grouped into three categories:
- Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of the Site. They allow our web servers to respond to your actions on the Site and while browsing it. The Site will not work for you without these cookies.
- Analytical cookies. These cookies allow us to see how visitors use the Site. This helps us to improve the Site and make sure it is working effectively.
- Functionality cookies. These are used to recognize you when you return to the Site in order to remember your preferences, and also allow us to provide certain aspects of the Site’s functionality.
Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies. Your browser may have a Help section or some other form of instructions which explain how to do this. If you are using a smartphone, then the manufacturer should have instructions on its website explaining how to do this.
For instance, in Internet Explorer you can refuse all cookies by selecting “Tools,” “Internet Options,” “Privacy,” “Block all cookies.”
Please note that disabling cookies may negatively affect the performance of websites.