What are Cookies?

This site uses cookies – small text files that are placed on your machine to help the site provide a better user experience.

In general, cookies are used to retain user preferences, store information for things like shopping baskets, and provide anonymised tracking data to third party applications like Google Analytics. When you visit a Web site, that site’s computer asks your computer for permission to store this file in a part of your hard drive specifically designated for cookies.

Each Web site can send its own cookie to your browser if your browser’s preferences allow it, but (to protect your privacy) your browser only permits a Web site to access the cookies it has already sent to you, not the cookies sent to you by other sites. A cookie cannot retrieve any other data from your hard drive or pass on computer viruses.

Disabling Cookies

As a rule, cookies will make your browsing experience better. However, you may prefer to disable cookies on this site and on others. If you choose to have your browser refuse cookies, it is possible that some areas of our site will not function as effectively when viewed by the users. The most effective way to do this is to disable cookies in your browser. We suggest consulting the Help section of your browser or taking a look at the About Cookies website which offers guidance for all modern browsers

Google Analytics Opt-Out

If you wish to opt-out from your data being used by Google Analytics,  download and install the add-on for your web browser Here.
The Google Analytics opt-out add-on is designed to be compatible with Chrome, Internet Explorer 11, Safari, Firefox and Opera. In order to function, the opt-out add-on must be able to load and execute properly on your browser. For Internet Explorer, 3rd-party cookies must be enabled. Learn more about the opt-out and how to properly install the browser add-on Here.
For people who blog, there are better options to remove yourself from your own Google Analytics data– because with the above approach when you visit someone’s site they won’t see it in their own analytics.
These Google Analytics opt-outs are only on the web and not available as Android smartphone apps at this stage, meaning you’ll need to pick and choose your apps carefully. This article explains How to Keep Google from Collecting Data on your Smartphone

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