Cookies: what they are and how to remove them
- Cookies do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, storing your preferences, and generally improving your experience of a website.
- Cookies may be set by the website you are visiting (‘first party cookies’) or they may be set by other websites who run content on the page you are viewing (‘third party cookies’).
What is in a cookie?
A cookie is a simple text file that is stored on your computer or mobile device by a website’s server and only that server will be able to retrieve or read the contents of that cookie.
- Each cookie is unique to your web browser. It will contain some anonymous information such as a unique identifier and the site name and some digits and numbers.
- It allows a website to remember things like your preferences or what’s in your shopping basket. It doesn’t store your name, address or inside leg measurement.
What to do if you don’t want cookies to be set
Some people find the idea of a web site storing information on their computer or mobile device a bit intrusive, particularly when this information is stored and used by a third party without them knowing. Although this is generally quite harmless you may not, for example, want to see advertising that has been targeted to your interests.
If you prefer, it is possible to block some or all cookies, or even to delete cookies that have already been set; but you need to be aware that you might lose some functions of that website.
If you wish to restrict or block web browser cookies which are set on your device then you can do this through your browser settings; the Help function within your browser should tell you how.
Alternatively, you may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org, which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of desktop browsers.
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|Google Analytics||_gid||Used to distinguish users and expires in 24 hours|
|Google Analytics||_gat||Used to throttle request rate and expires in 24 hours|
|Google AdWords||ads/ga-audiences||Used by Google Adwords to re-engage visiitors that are likely to convert to customers based on the vsitor’s online behaviour across websites|
|Google Analytics||IDE||Used by Google DoublieClick to register and report the website user’s actions after viewing or clicking one of the advertisers ads with the purpose of measuring the efficacy of an ad and to present targeted ads to the user.|
|Google Analytics||test_cookie||Used to check if the users browser supports cookies|
|AddThis||_at.hist||Used by social sharing platform AddThis to store the users usage history of the AddThis sharing widget|
|AddThis||_atuvc||Updates the counter of a websites socual sharing features|
|AddThis||_atuvs||Ensures the updated counter is displated to the user if a page is shared with the AddThis|
|AddThis||_at.cww||Used by social sharing platform AddThis|
|AddThis||_fbp||Used by Facebook to deliver a series of advertismnet products such as real time bidding from third party advertisers|
|AddThis||_gcl_au||Used by Google AdSense for experimenting with advertismement effciency across websites using their services|
|AddThis||at-lojson-cache-#||Used by social sharing platform AddThis|
|AddThis||at-rand||Used by social sharing platform AddThis|
|AddThis||loc||Geolocation, which is used to help providers determin how users who share information with each other are geographically located (state level)|
|AddThis||uvc||Detects how often the social sharing services, AddThis, encounters the same user.|
|AddThis||xtc||Registers the users sharing of content via social media|
|AddThis||uid||Recognise a visitor when they return to the site.|
|AddThis||uvc||Update the counter monitoring the sharing of content via social media sites.|
|fr||Used by Facebook to deliver a series of advertismnet products such as real time bidding from third party advertisers|
|tr||Used by Facebook to deliver a series of advertismnet products such as real time bidding from third party advertisers|
|csrftoken||Helps prevent Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF) attacks|
|rur||Ensure visitor browsing-security by preventing cross-site request forgery. This cookie is essential for the security of the website and visitor|
|urlgen||Ensure visitor browsing-security by preventing cross-site request forgery. This cookie is essential for the security of the website and visitor|
|Collects data on the users visits to the website, such as which pages have been read.|