A cookie is a small piece of information (a file) that we place on your computer or mobile phone (“device”) that enables the essential workings of our website.
The cookies we use cannot identify you as an individual; it just recognises your device as you move around our website when you have logged in.
It is therefore essential that you have cookies enabled in your web browser to allow you to use our website properly.
A web browser is the programme you use to access the internet. The most common browsers are: Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Computer's Safari, and Opera. Most web browsers allow you to manage how your computer handles cookies.
The cookies we use are known as session cookies. This means that they end when the session finishes, in other words when you leave our website.
Cookies are NOT viruses. Cookies use a plain text format, not compiled pieces of code so they cannot be executed or self-executing. They are unable to make copies of themselves and spread to other networks to execute and replicate again. Since they cannot perform these functions, they fall outside the standard virus definition.