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Cookies are a delicious treat, guaranteed to lift the spirits of everyone in your workplace. Though, unfortunately web cookies aren’t so tasty.


Computer cookies are small amounts of text data used to track your activity online. Certain details of your activity are recorded and can be used by sites to tailor your experiences, such as maintaining your shopping basket on retail websites. Without cookies, your basket would be cleared every time you visit a new page on the site.

Cookies are usually harmlessly used to keep track of visitors to a site or to personalise content, and they contain no personal data, such as names or bank account details. Some cookies used by your browser are more advanced though, storing login details for quick access to sites or bank account details to make payment for products online swift and hassle-free.

Jargon Buster:

Cookie – Small amounts of data used to track your behaviour online. May be referred to as a web cookie, browser cookie, computer cookie or internet cookie

Web Browser – A programme used to access the internet. The most commonly used are Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Edge

Antivirus – Software used to protect your computer from attack, such as Avast or Norton

Virus – A piece of code which can cause harm to a computer and can spread quickly by replicating itself

Malware – Malicious Software which is specifically created to cause harm to a computer. Viruses are an example of malware

Hackers – individuals or groups who intend to cause disruption to or steal data from computers


Many websites now ask for your consent to track your behaviour on the site by using cookies. In a lot of cases, consent is assumed by the continued use of the site after a message is shown. You can read more about cookie consent on the ICO website.

Cookies are usually of no risk of attack by malware, as the data doesn’t change as it travels between your browser and sites so has no way to affect the way that your computer runs. However, some malware could be disguised as a cookie and gain access to your computer. Third-party cookies can also be of concern, as it makes it easier for external users to see what you are doing online.


Cookies can be used to construct a profile of your browsing habits, and therefore may be regarded as a privacy issue


Managing Cookies

You can control your browser’s cookie usage to protect your information. All browsers have their own settings for how cookies are controlled. Click on your browser below to learn how to control cookie settings, or click here to continue reading.














Google Chrome

Google Chrome


Open chrome, then click on the ⋮ in the top right.

Click setting then scroll to the bottom to open the advanced settings.

Under the Privacy and Security section, click on Content Settings and then on to the cookies option.

This is where you can view and adjust your cookie settings to your preferred options.

Phone & Tablet

Open the Chrome app and tap the ⋮

Click on Settings, then onto Site Settings

Select the Cookies option and select your preferred setting from the options


Apple Safari.

Apple Safari


Open Safari, then click the bold Safari tab from the top menu bar

From the menu, click on Preferences

Navigate to the privacy section, and here you can adjust your cookie settings.

Open Manage website data… for more options.

iPhone & iPad

Open the Settings app

Scroll down and click on Safari, then open the Block Cookies option

Select your preferred setting from the options


Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla Firefox


Open Firefox

Click the menu button (three horizontal lines) then select Prefernces

Select Privacy and Security and then choose Cookies and Site Data

Here you adjust the settings as you need

Phone & Tablet

Open the Firefox app, then tap the menu button

Tap more, then Settings

Select the Privacy tab, then Cookies

This will open a menu where you can change your settings to your preferred options


Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge


Open Microsoft Edge and tap on the … button

Click on Settings, then choose View Advanced Settings

Open Privacy and Services, then select Cookies

Under this option you can chose your preferred options for your cookie settings



Most websites will have a cookies policy available for visitors to view, to make clear how cookies are used for that particular site. You can view our cookie policy here. There will often be a link to the cookie policy if a website requests consent, so you can be sure what you are consenting to.

But remember, if you do limit your browser’s cookie usage, features on some sites may not work as intended, and some sites will be completely inoperable.


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Written by
Fraser S
in Staff Articles. Ten Second Tips.

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