A cookie is a small text file (example.txt) that websites send to your ‘terminal equipment’ (e.g. a device such as your computer or smartphone) whenever you visit them. Your internet browser saves these files into your device to recover some information about your preferences or past actions onto that website and reuse them for your next visit – you may be already familiar with some of the of most commonly used internet browsers: Google Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Brave, etc.
Cookies perform several functions. A main function is to note down instructions for your internet browser on how to better display a specific website for your future visit. This entails saving some information about your specific device settings. Through these instructions, your internet browser can upload the websites faster and so improve your navigation experience. Another function is to save your details for keeping you logged into online accounts that require authentication – e.g. when you allow your internet browser to remember your log-in details.
Cookies can also communicate back to the website that originally sent them and provide statistical and technical data about your visits. This enables website owners to track and measure traffic on their website – e.g. see which pages are most visited and when as well as some technical data about the visitors.
An easy way to clear your device from any pre-existing cookies is to delete all your browsing history from your internet browser (do not forget to tick on the cookies box when doing so!).
If you want our cookies to be automatically cleared from your device when visiting our website, you can simply set your internet browser into “private mode” navigation. With this setting turned on, your internet browser will clear your browsing history and cookies at the end of each navigation section.
To permanently block the download of cookies from our website (or any other), you would need to change the settings of your internet browser and enable “block cookie downloads” (via these settings you can opt to do so either for our website only or any other website or even all websites). Beware that with this setting in place some features on our website and others may not function properly.
Via the links below, you can find some more detailed help on how to apply the settings above on Google Chrome:
Via the links below, you can find the instructions on how to apply those settings on some of the other internet browsers (the steps to follow are usually very similar):
To find information relating to any other browser not listed above, please visit the browser developer’s website.
To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, visit: Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on