Banks, Universities, Social Networking sites and Ecommerce websites all use small text files known as cookies. These small text files are placed on your computer or mobile phone to enable the website software to work as you would expect. Without cookies it becomes virtually impossible for websites to identify you once you have clicked to a new page, for example without cookies checking your bank balance would require a new login every time you clicked to a new page.
Our cookies help us:
- Make our website login and checkout systems work as you’d expect
- Remember your settings during and between visits
- Improve the speed/security of the site.
- Allow you to add and remember items in your shopping basket.
- Share pages with social networks like Facebook & Twitter.
- Help us continuously improve navigation of the website for you.
- Make our marketing more efficient (ultimately helping us to offer the service we do at the price we do)
- Collect any personally identifiable information.
- Collect any sensitive information.
- Pass personally identifiable data to third parties
You can learn more about all the cookies we use below
There is no way to prevent these cookies being set other than to not use our site.
Third party functions:
• Videos (powered by YouTube and Vimeo)
• Google Maps
• Other embedded content
Disabling these cookies will likely break the functions offered by these third parties
Social Website Cookies
So you can easily “Like” or share our content on the likes of Facebook and Twitter we have included sharing buttons on our site.
Cookies are set by:
• Google Plus
• AddThis – (who provide us with lots of sharing buttons all in one neat package – we like to try out different ones)
The privacy implications on this will vary from social network to social network and will be dependent on the privacy settings you have chosen on these networks. Anonymous Visitor Statistics Cookies.
We use quite a number (as internet marketers we like to test these tools frequently) including:
- Google Analytics - If you are anti-Google you can opt-out of being tracked by Google Analytics (we’d prefer you didn’t though as this data is seriously helpful to us in improving our website)
Turning Cookies Off.
You can usually switch cookies off by adjusting your browser settings to stop it from accepting cookies. Doing so however will likely limit the functionality of our’s and a large proportion of the world’s websites as cookies are a standard part of most modern websites.
It may be that you concerns around cookies relate to so called “spyware”. Rather than switching off cookies in your browser you may find that anti-spyware software achieves the same objective by automatically deleting cookies considered to be invasive. Learn more about managing cookies with antispyware software by clicking here.