What are cookies?
“Cookies” are text files stored on your browser (e.g. Firefox, Internet Explorer Safari or Chrome) on your computer or other browsing device, such as a tablet or phone. Websites can read and write these files, so they can personalise your viewing experience or preferences when viewing a website.
Some cookies on this site are essential, and the site may well not work as expected without them. Cookies may be set when you first launch the site, and others set when you submit a form, login or interact with the site in some other way, by doing something that goes beyond clicking on simple links.
Improving your experience
We also use some non-essential cookies to anonymously track visitors or enhance your experience of the site.
We also use third-party advertising companies which may use information about your visits to this and other websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services , and to track visits to other websites, and/or resulting sales, in order to pay us commission. This is one of the ways that this website generates limited income. These companies include but are not limited to TradeDoubler, Affiliate Window, Amazon and Google Adsense. We do not receive any information as a result of these cookies that allows us to link individual sales with specific IP addresses or people.
We may also use Google Analytics and other statistical tools, such as Awstats, on this site. These analytical tools may use 'cookies', which are text files placed on your computer, to collect standard internet log information and visitor behaviour information in an anonymous form. In the case of Analytics, information generated by the cookies about your use of the website (including your IP address) is transmitted to Google. This information may be used to evaluate visitors’ use of the website and to compile statistical reports on website activity. We will not seek to link an IP address with the identity of a computer user. Find our more about how these cookies are used on the Google Privacy site.
We also incorporate some third party ‘social media’ services into our websites, which may leave cookies on your machine – for example to make it simple to ‘share’ an article or to note other preferences. These services include but are not limited to:
Alternatively you can choose to either disable cookies using controls built in to, as far as we know, all browsers, or you can decline to use our websites – but we’d be sorry to see you go!
Disabling and enabling cookies
You have the ability to accept or decline cookies on first use of our websites through an option presented at the top of the screen, and to re-consider at any time using a button towards the bottom right of the website. You can also modify the settings on your browser to accept or reject cookies. allaboutcookies.org offers some detailed information for doing this using a wide variety of browsers, and aboutcookies.org offers more information about deleting and controlling cookies.