What is a Cookie?
In simple terms, a cookie is a small text file that a website stores on your computer’s hard-drive. It tracks information about your usage of that website, such as when you first came to browse the website and if you came back again.
Each cookie is unique to your web browser and cookies are specific to the server that created them and cannot be accessed by other servers.
Cookies allow websites to respond to you as an individual. The website can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences or things like what’s in your shopping basket.
Types of Cookies
There are three main kinds of cookies:
Session cookies only last for the duration of your visit to a website and are deleted from your computer when you close your browser.
Persistent cookies remain stored on your computer (even when you have closed your browser) until deleted, or until they reach their expiry date. They are used for repeat visits to remember your preferences and use of the website, such as login details.
Third-party cookies are installed by third parties with the aim of collecting certain information to carry out research into website usage, demographics etc.
What if I Don’t Want Cookies?
You can choose to accept, decline or block cookies. You can also delete cookies already stored on your computer whenever you want to.
Most web browsers automatically accept cookies but, if you prefer, you should be able to change your browser to prevent that. You should read the information that came with your browser software (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Chrome etc.) to see how you can set up your browser to notify you when you receive a cookie, this should then give you the opportunity to decide whether to accept it.
Most browsers allow you to reject all cookies, whilst some browsers allow you to reject just third party cookies. However, you may not be able to take full advantage of a website if you do so and may lose some functions of that website, but that is your choice.
If you would like to find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, please visit www.allaboutcookies.org.
Details about cookies from various browsers:
- Chrome: support.google.com/chrome/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=95647
- Firefox: support.mozilla.org/en–US/kb/Cookies
- Internet Explorer: support.microsoft.com/kb/196955
- Opera: www.opera.com/browser/tutorials/security/privacy/
- Safari: docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=32467
- Safari iOS: support.apple.com/kb/HT1677
- Android: support.google.com/mobile/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=169022
- Blackberry: Turnoffcookiesinthebrowser
- Windows Phone: Changingprivacyandotherbrowsersettings
Cookies on Silky’s
This allows us to see how many of our visitors are new and how many are repeat visitors, what pages are popular, how long people spend on each page and other such information. For this purpose we use Google Analytics – more about this below.
We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and this information does not identify you personally.
Google Analytics generates statistical and other information about our website use by means of cookies, which are stored on users’ computers. The information generated relating to our website is used to create reports about the use of the website. Google will store and use this information.
If you would like to opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites please visit: tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout