Cookies and IP Addresses
A cookie is a file containing an identifier (a string of letters and numbers) sent by a web server to a web browser and stored by the browser. The identifier is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server. Cookies can be used by web servers to identify and track users as they navigate different pages on a website and to identify users returning to a website. Cookies may be either “persistent” cookies or “session” cookies. A persistent cookie consists of a text file sent by a web server to a web browser, which will be stored by the browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date (unless deleted by the user before the expiry date). A session cookie, on the other hand, will expire at the end of the user session when the web browser is closed.
These cookies are essential for the running of our websites. Without these cookies, parts of our websites would not function; these are typically used within contact forms or the secure login section of our site.
We use these types of cookies to monitor the usage of our website. These cookies provide us with information that helps us provide a better service/product to our customers, they also identify any areas that may need maintenance.
We may also track IP addresses. An IP Address is a number that can identify an Internet Service Provider and country location. It cannot provide personal information.
You are not obliged to accept cookies and may modify your browser so that it will not accept cookies. The browser you use allows you to see cookies and control their use.
You can control them by allowing them, deleting them individually or deleting all of them. You can also set your browser not to accept cookies altogether. If this option is selected, you should be aware that many websites will not function properly. It may be possible to set your browser not to accept cookies and ask for your consent before each cookie is set on your device. This gives you control over what is set on your device; however, it has the drawback of slowing down your browsing experience.
There are different levels of control too. You are able to prevent just third-party cookies from being deployed, effectively opting out of behavioural advertising, and some even allow you to block specific companies you do not wish to deploy a cookie to instead of selecting all companies.