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What are cookies?

A cookie is a simple text file that is stored on your computer or mobile device by a website you visit it. Only that website server will be able to access 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. So for example if there is a cookie from Tooting Online on your forum, it can't be read by any other third party website.

There are cookies that are set by us when you visit our website ('first party cookies') and there are cookies set by other websites and services we use that provide information on the page you are viewing. These are 'third party cookies'. Cookies can also be defined by the duration they last for on your computer or smart phone. They exist for either for the duration of your visit (a 'session cookie') or for repeated visits (a 'persistent cookie'), over a predefined time.


Why are cookies used?

Cookies are often improve the experience for you when you use a websites. Cookies do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, storing your preferences, and generally improving your experience of a website. Cookies make the interaction between you and the website faster and easier. For example if you log in and there are no cookies the website will thing you are a new visitor every time you move to a new page on the site, so when you enter your login details and you then move to another page it won’t recognise you and it won’t be able to keep you logged in.

Cookies can also be also be enable advertising and personalisation of content based on the browsing habits during your visit to a website if there is advertising present also for remembering things like what is in your shopping basket on a retail website.


Why are cookies used?

No. Cookies only contain simple text based data and do not contain viruses or executable programs that can be downloaded and run on your computer.


Why to do if you don't want cookies to be set

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