What are Cookies?
A "cookie" is a small piece of text stored on your computer or whatever device you use for the Internet. Cookies have many uses, but they are used to store information about you on your computer, or to help provide a service that you request.
Cookies that you might use
Session Cookies – These are used by our websites to store information about user page activities so users can easily pick up where they left off on the site. They are usually removed when the browser is closed.
Persistent Cookies – These are used to store user preferences. These changes make the site easier to navigate. These cookies expire after a certain period of time, or can be removed manually.
First Party – These are cookies issued from the site you are visiting.
Third Party – These are cookies issued that are different from the site you are visiting e.g. Twitter or Facebook feed on a page.
Cookies we use
Session & First Party – Stores transactional information only. We have deemed this as essential to the operation of the site. This cookie disappears when your browser closes.
Session & First Party – Used by Google Analytics to track user count of visits to a site, when a first visit was and a last visit. Persistent, lasts for 2 years.
Session & First Party – Used by Google Analytics to track exactly when a user visits a site. Persistent, lasts for 30 minutes.
Session & First Party – Used by Google Analytics to track exactly when a user leaves a site. Session only, expires on browser quit.
Session & First Party – Used by Google Analytics to track how a user got to our site, what link was used, what part of the World. Persistent, lasts for 6 months.
We use Google Analytics cookies to hold information about your visit to our sites. This helps us to better identify what products are selling better and what people are looking for most.
If you do not wish us to do this, you may either remove the cookies, or opt out of the Analytics service by installing an add-on for your browser. This can be found at http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaopout.
With HTML5, web pages can store data locally within the user's browser.
Web Storage is more secure and faster. The data is not included with every server request, but used ONLY when asked for. It is also possible to store large amounts of data, without affecting the website's performance.
The data is stored in key/value pairs, and a web page can only access data stored by itself.