What Are Cookies? How Do They Work?

Cookies are small text files that are used to store small pieces of information. They are stored locally on your device when a website is loaded and navigated through on your browser. The next time the website is visited, the browser fetches any cookie files and sends them to the web server. Cookies can serve multiple purposes by helping to make the website function properly, make it more secure, provide better user experience, and even understand how the website performs by analysing pages and painting a picture of what works and what needs improvement.

What Types Of Cookies Are There?

There are two commonly used types of cookies, non-persistent and persistent and they can fall into two categories - first-party or third-party.

First-party cookies are accessible only to the website or domain you are visiting. These generally help to enhance the browsing experience for you by remembering key pieces of information as you browse, such as login credentials, accessibility options and language preference. Third-party cookies are created outside of the website or domain you are visiting. These are normally used for analytical and advertising or tracking purposes but can also help provide and manage external features on a page or site such as a chat system.

The third-party cookies used on our website are mainly for understanding how the website performs, how you interact with our website, keeping our services secure, providing advertisements that are relevant to you, and all in all providing you with a better and improved user experience and help speed up your future interactions with our website.

Cookies that are non-persistent are otherwise known as "session" cookies. These only get stored for the duration of the browser session being open. After the session is closed the cookie is destroyed and upon restarting a new cookie is generated. Persistent cookies are stored even after your browser session is closed. The length of time at which these remain active varies and will eventually be destroyed by your browser. These can also be manually removed via browser settings.

If you would like to find out more information on cookies, please take a look at this link.

How Can I Manage Cookies?

Managing your cookies and how they are stored can be done by special settings within your browser. For more information on this please visit the following link - https://www.allaboutcookies.org/manage-cookies.