Cookies are small text files that are sent to and stored on your computer, smartphone or any other device accessing the internet, whenever you visit a website. Cookies do not typically contain any information that personally identifies a user but are useful because they allow a website to recognise a user's device in order to determine preferences, let users navigate between pages efficiently, verify the user and carry out other checks.
Cookies are used to improve functionality by recording registration and login details and remember setting preferences. They also keep track of browsing patterns to build up a profile of how our users make use of the website. These cookies do not identify individuals and are only used for statistical purposes.
The browsers of most computers or other web-enabled devices are typically set up to accept cookies. If you wish to amend your cookie preferences, you can do so through your browser privacy and security settings. However, if you choose to switch certain cookies off, it is likely to affect certain features and personalised preferences. Disabling cookies may also stop you from saving customized settings like login information.