What Are Cookies?
Cookies are small data files which are sent to your web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari etc) from a website you visit. They are stored on your electronic device (Laptop, Desktop Computer, Smart Phone, tablet etc) until they are meant to expire or the user clears them.
What Are They Used For?
Cookies are used by a website for a range of reasons.
Some common reasons are:
- To track a user’s movements and/or actions through the website for navigation or statistical purposes (Google analytics etc)
- To help give the user a more personalised experience on the website by remembering user specific settings (website layout themes, website form details etc)
- To give the user a more interactive experience on a website
- To give the user access to a site that requires authentication by allowing the website and user’s browser to remember each other (logging into Gmail etc)
How Long Does My Computer Store A Websites Cookie?
When a cookie is stored on your computer, it is given an expiry date. The operator of the website that sent the cookie sets the expiry date of the cookie.
All modern web browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari etc) also give you the option to clear cookies from your computer yourself. You must refer to your web browsers user manual for doing this.
Can I Opt Out Of Receiving Cookies From Your Site?
Yes you can. There are a number of options available to prevent your web browser receiving cookies. You can set your browser either to reject all cookies, to allow only “trusted” sites to send them, or to only accept them from the site you are currently visiting. You must refer to your web browsers user manual for doing this.
However, please note that by blocking cookies for our thinkifa.com website may cause our website to not function correctly.