What is a Cookie?
In simple terms, a cookie is a small piece of information that a website transfers to your hard-drive to store and sometimes track information about you.
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 web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application 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 two main kinds of cookies: “session” cookies and “persistent” 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 outlast your user sessions and remain stored on your computer until deleted, or until they reach their expiry date. They are used for repeat visits to remember your preferences and use of the website.
What if I Don’t Want Cookies?
You can choose to accept, decline or block cookies, or you can delete cookies already stored on your computer.
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.
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 http://www.allaboutcookies.org.
Details about cookies from various browsers:
- Chrome: http://support.google.com/chrome/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=95647
- Firefox: http://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/Cookies
- Internet Explorer: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/196955
- Opera: http://www.opera.com/browser/tutorials/security/privacy/
- Safari: http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=32467
- Safari iOS: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1677
- Android: http://support.google.com/mobile/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=169022
- Blackberry: Cookies and security settings
- Windows Phone: Changing privacy and other browser settings
Cookies on the Hair and Makeup Artist Handbook
A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you.
We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.
Please be aware that, as we use third party advertising and affiliates on our website, third parties may be placing and reading cookies on your browsers, or using web beacons to collect information as a result of advert serving on our website.
We also use a cookie to tell us that you have agreed to this Cookies Policy, if you have chosen to do so.
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: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
Last updated: 28 January 2013