Role of cookies in websites
When you visit a website, a small text file containing letters or numbers are downloaded onto your device (e.g. a computer, tablet or smartphone). It allows the website to recognise that user’s device and store some information about the user’s preferences or past actions. This is referred to as Cookies. In simple words cookies are the set of files which makes a link between the website and your device. With this, the website will be able to recognise your device when you browse from it the next time. They are mainly used to give a better browsing experience for the users.
Cookies are used for various purposes, like
- Remembering your username or password.
- When you are using an e-commerce website, cookies helps you to remember, the items that you have added to the cart or wish list.
- It records the user activities. That is, you can trace details about the pages visited by the user and how long they use different websites. However, this will not reveal who the user is, it just captures the details about the activities alone.
Types of cookies
There are basically two types of cookies- the first party cookies and the third party cookies. The above examples explain about first party cookies. These are placed by the website owner on your computer.
On the other hand, the third party cookies will be placed by a company associated with the website. For example you might see a Facebook “like” button on some websites. To activate this button you will have to log in to the Facebook. This cookie will be placed by Facebook and hence they will remember your login details and not the website you are browsing.
You can turn off the cookies at your will.
Cookies used by Phew.co.uk
- authentication – cookies are used to identify you when you visit our website and as you navigate it.
Cookies used by third party sites
- We use Google Analytics to analyse the use of our website. Google Analytics gathers information about website use by means of cookies. The information gathered relating to our website is used to create reports about the use of our website.
What are your options?
Once you have the details of all the cookies, you have three options in front of you.
- You can allow all cookies and continue browsing. We do not access any personal information and it will not make any difference to your user experience. This will help us enhance the quality of our site and provides you a better browsing experience.
- Disable third party cookies alone. This will keep off other websites like Facebook, Google or twitter from remembering your login details, whilst we will be able to collect the analytical information.
- Disable all the cookies. This will not only prevent the above mentioned but also withhold us from recording any data about your browsing.
You must change the browser settings, to disable all the cookies. This will be applicable for all sites in general. If you want to do this for our website alone, you should make it a point to turn it on after browsing our website.
Most browsers allow users to decline to accept cookies and to delete cookies. The methods for doing this vary from browser to browser and from version to version. You can find up-to-date information about blocking and deleting cookies via these links:
- https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647?hl=en (Chrome);
- https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/exp/enable-and-disable-cookies-website-preferences (Firefox);
- http://www.opera.com/help/tutorials/security/cookies/ (Opera);
- https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/17442/windows-internet-explorer-delete-manage-cookies (Internet Explorer);
- https://support.apple.com/en-gb/guide/safari/manage-cookies-and-website-data-sfri11471/mac (Safari); and
- https://privacy.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10-microsoft-edge-and-privacy (Edge).
Blocking all cookies will have a negative impact upon the usability of many websites. If you block cookies, you will not be able to use all the features on our website.
If you would like to learn more about cookies we use or if you find any issues in changing your cookie settings, please be free to contact us via the contact form on the website, by email info@Smartlegal.co.uk or by post or telephone number on our website. We will be happy to help you.
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