Cookies are text values, usually saved in a file by your web browser, that are available for a certain length of time to the domain or website that created them. This may be until you close your browser, for a specified duration (1 day or 1 week), or may be indefinite. Cookies are most often used so a website can identify that it is still you when visiting different pages, to maintain your session across multiple servers if load-balanced or clustered, or to avoid the overhead of having to retrieve small bits of data from a server or database that can easily be stored by a browser.
Are cookies secure?
Cookies do nothing on their own. They are a method of storing data and are only usable by the domain or website that created them. They cannot access data directly, so unless you already provided it or it was already available to a website, a cookie does not inherently pose additional privacy risks. The same data that can be stored as a cookie can be stored by other means, like a server file or database record, but this is often less convenient.
What are first-party and third-party cookies?
A first-party cookie is created for the direct domain or website that you are visiting (this website).A third-party cookie is created for a different domain or website - a separate company that provides functionality or services for the visited website.
Required first-party cookies
This website requires three cookies to function correctly. These cookies are random, unique, anonymous identifiers, do not contain private or sensitive data, and are only used to maintain your browsing session for (a) this application and (b) load-balanced servers. Load-balanced servers are used to maintain optimal performance and to prevent downtime if a single server is inaccessible.
Optional first-party cookies
We use these values to personalise your visits to the site (you can choose to be remembered next time you visit so you do not have to log in again), or to provide performance enhancements by allowing us to collect anonymous analytical data (our most visited pages or which browser versions are most popular, for example). These values do not include sensitive data and are never shared with, or sold to, third parties.
Optional third-party cookies
Additional third-party cookies may also be created by our partners. If used by this website and this visit, these types of cookies may provide additional performance analytics, functionality (product ratings and reviews), social network integration (log in, share, like), or marketing analytics.
Allowing optional cookies
By clicking on the button you are giving consent for this domain or website to create all optional first-party and third-party cookies. If you do not want these cookies to be created close this dialogue instead. Please note that all non-required functionality that depends on cookies will be unavailable. If any non-required cookies were previously created, they will be removed.