A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer’s hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. 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.
We may use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system.
Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us. You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.
To the best of my knowledge, my website does not put cookies onto visitors’ devices. However, if you click on an offer for a product it will take you to a sales page for a third party. My understanding is that, during that process, a cookie will be put on your device. That tells the third party that it’s a referral from me, and that they should pay me a small commission if you then buy something. You’ve heard of sales commission being paid to individuals or companies who sell a service. Or perhaps you belong to a club that pays you a referral fee if you get a friend to join. Same thing, but here it’s just done with cookies. These cookies expire, normally after a period of 30 days. Cookies are a normal part of online life.