Cookies are small text files which are sent to your device when you visit a website. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit, or to another website that recognises that cookie. Cookies act as a memory for a website, allowing that website to remember your device on your return visits. Cookies can also remember your preferences, improve the user experience as well as tailor the adverts you see to those most relevant to you.
A cookie can be classified by its lifespan and the domain to which it belongs.
By lifespan, a cookie is either a:
As for the domain to which it belongs, there are either:
The majority of web browsers accept cookies, but you can usually change the web browser's settings to refuse new cookies, disable existing ones or simply let you know when new ones are sent to your device . In order to do this, follow the instructions provided by your browser (usually located within the "Help", "Tools" or "Edit" facility). However, please be aware that, if you refuse or disable cookies, some of the website's functionality may be lost. In addition, disabling a cookie or category of cookie does not delete the cookie from your browser, you will need to do this yourself from within your browser.
These links explain how you can control cookies via your browser - remember that if you turn off cookies in your browser then these settings apply to all websites not just this one: