What are cookies?
A cookie is a simple text file that is stored on your computer or mobile device by a website's server and only that server will be able to retrieve or read the contents of that cookie. Each cookie is unique to your web browser. It will contain some anonymous information such as a unique identifier and the site name and some digits and numbers. It allows a website to remember things like your preferences or what's in your shopping basket.

Most websites you visit will use cookies in order to improve your user experience of their websites by enabling a website to 'remember' you, either for the duration of your visit (using a 'session cookie') or for repeat visits (using a 'persistent cookie'). Cookies do many different jobs - for example they let you navigate between pages efficiently, they store your preferences. Cookies make the interaction between you and the website faster and easier. If a website doesn't use cookies, it will respond to you as though you are a new visitor every time you move to a new page on the site. Some websites will also use cookies to enable them to target their advertising or marketing messages based for example, on your
location and/or your browsing habits. Cookies may be set by the website you are visiting ('first party cookies') or they may be set by other websites who run content on the page you are viewing ('third party cookies').
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