What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files which a website may put on your computer or mobile device when you first visit a site or page. These kinds of cookies are not computer programmes, and they can’t read other information saved on your hard drive. They cannot be used to spread viruses, or get a user’s email address. The cookie will help the website, or another website, to recognise your device the next time you visit. Web beacons or other similar files can also do the same thing. We use the term “cookies” in this policy to refer to all files that collect information in this way.
There are many functions cookies serve. For example, they can help us to remember your username and preferences, analyse how well our website is performing, or even allow to recommend content we believe will be most relevant to you.
Certain cookies contain personal information – for example, if you click to “remember me” when logging in, a cookie will store your username.
Most cookies won’t collect information that identifies you, and will instead collect more general information such as how users arrive at and use our websites, or a user’s general location.
What sort of cookies does Marchantcain Design Ltd website use?
Generally, our cookies perform up to four different functions:
- Essential cookies
Some cookies are essential for the operation of our website. For example, some cookies allow us to identify subscribers and ensure they can access the subscription only pages. If a subscriber opts to disable these cookies, the user will not be able to access all of the content that a subscription entitles them to.
- Performance Cookies
We utilise other cookies to analyse how our visitors use our websites and to monitor website performance.
This allows us to provide a high-quality experience by customising our offering and quickly identifying and fixing any issues that arise.
For example, we might use performance cookies to keep track of which pages are most popular, which method of linking between pages is most effective, and to determine why some pages are receiving error messages.
We might also use these cookies to highlight articles or site services that we think will be of interest to you based on your usage of the website.
- Functionality Cookies
We use functionality cookies to allow us to remember your preferences. For example, cookies save you the trouble of typing in a username every time you access the site, and recall your customisation preferences, such as which regional edition of the website you want to see when you log in, text size, preferences and colours.
We also use functionality cookies to provide you with enhanced services such as allowing you to watch a video online or comment on a blog.
We also use or allow third parties to serve cookies that fall into the four categories above. For example, like many companies, we use Google Analytics to help us monitor our website traffic. We may also use third party cookies to help us with market research, revenue tracking, improving site functionality and monitoring compliance with our terms and conditions.
Can a website user block cookies?
As explained above, cookies help you to get the most out of our websites.
However, if you do wish to disable our cookies then please follow the instructions here. http://www.allaboutcookies.org/manage-cookies/ Or see the instructions below regarding deleting them.
Please remember that if you do choose to disable cookies, you may find that certain sections of our website do not work properly.
You can easily remove any cookies that have been created in the cookie folder of your browser. For example, if you are on Windows machine, here are the steps on how to use Windows Explorer to erase cookie files:
* Click on ‘Windows Explorer’
* Select the ‘Search’ button on the tool bar
* Enter “cookie” into the search box field for ‘Folders and Files’
* Choose ‘My Computer’ in the ‘Look In’ drop down menu
* Click on ‘Search Now’
* Select and open the folders that are retrieved
* Click to highlight any cookie file
* Click the ‘Delete’ key to erase the cookie file