A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on the device being used to view the website. The cookie helps analyse website traffic and/or provides information on when and where the website is visited.
Essentially, cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.
Overall, cookies helps to provide a better browsing experience, by enabling to monitor which pages are found to be useful and which are not. A cookie does not give access to any personal computer or any device and no personal information is obtained, other than the data that has been chosen shared.
There is the option to accept or decline cookies. However most web browsers automatically accept cookies, these can be however modified with the browser setting to decline cookies if preferred. This option however may prevent some functions of the site to work correctly.
The cookies on this website are used for:
Analytical and performance purposes. This allows the site to recognise and calculate the number of visitors and to see how visitors navigate around the website in use. Therefore aiding the improvement of the websites functionality.
Functionality purposes. To help recognise a user upon returning to the website. This may allow the personalisation of the content, remembering the preferences and settings chosen.
Sharing purposes. This allows you to share pages with social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. However once navigating away from the site, the cookies are then with the relevant authors.